Focused and minimalist writing

There are days when I really love writing. And to write, I usually need a quite place with few distractions. Maybe the most natural and simple writing environment would be in nature with pen and paper, but I really like to type. Maybe because typing is 10x faster than writing and, honestly, my handwriting sucks :)

I’ve been trying different programs to write and finally settled in one which does great. It’s called FocusWriter and it’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows (source code is also available).

I love the way you can set up your own themes, with nice wallpapers, colors, margins and fonts. When you start the writing process, it goes full screen so nothing else gets in your way. The only thing missing would be a configurable background soundtrack… but I guess I can use rhythmbox for that too :)

My default theme, custom made :)
My default theme, custom made :)

There’s also a bunch of cool features:

  • TXT, basic RTF, and basic ODT file support
  • Timers and alarms
  • Daily goals
  • Fully customizable themes
  • Typewriter sound effects (optional)
  • Auto-save (optional)
  • Live statistics (optional)
  • Spell-checking (optional)
  • Multi-document support
  • Sessions
  • Portable mode (optional)
  • Translated into over 20 languages

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