Rough Draft Alternatives

    Rough Draft is described as 'Writing on paper, you let go and just get your idea out. You don't get caught up perfecting the words too early. Rough Draft is like writing with pen and paper, so you can't delete words, only cross them out' and is an app in the News & Books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Rough Draft for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone and Linux. The best alternative is Manuskript, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Rough Draft are FocusWriter (Free, Open Source), Bear (Freemium), Dendron (Free, Open Source) and iA Writer (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 30, 2021

    1. MarkMyWords is the ideal markup-writing tool for authors. By using Markdown, MultiMarkdown, Textile, Wikitext, HTML or BBCode MarkMyWords makes writing articles for the web a breeze and remains platform-independent by using plain text documents.
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    2. Prime Draft will help you get your writing done in less time with less stress. Made by writers for writers, it takes the writing process to heart: keeping you going forward until the first draft is done and leaving the editing to when the time is right.
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    3. CopyWrite is the award-winning creative writing project management system for Mac OS X. CopyWrite is a project manager for writers of all kinds. Rather than focus on formatting and layout, CopyWrite stands apart in its project-oriented approach.


      The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 2.296, released in September 2009, can be still bought from the official website.

    4. Monospace is a minimal notes and writing app, built from the ground up with a designed-for-touch UI. It get's rid of the standard editing features you'd find in standard writing and notes apps and replaces them with a modern-styled, essentials-only formatting popup.
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      Matcha is an all-new writing app designed to make writing easy and fun in a relaxing, peaceful writing environment that’s simple and enjoyable. Matcha doesn’t get in your way. It gives writer the room to do just what any writers want to do: “Write”.
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    5. Minimal, focused writing app for Elementary OS.
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      • Linux
      Notebag is a fully keyboard-compatible note taking app that links all your knowledge and gets out of your way.


      No longer officially maintained:

    6. Skribisto is born from the ashes of Plume Creator , keeping the goals while adopting more recent ways to think an application.
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