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Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Jan 6, 2013 at 04:04 AM


I just got around to checking in with the WriteMonkey site (http://writemonkey.com/) to see if the minimalistic word processor had been updated and found that, indeed, it has.

Some of what’s in the newest version (As of Dec. 1st) is under the hood, ensuring compatibility with Windows 8. The main interface has also been updated to look more like a piece of paper taking up the full screen which looks rather pleasant.

For any Windows users who have ever been jealous of the availability of minimal text editors on the Mac like iA Writer or Byword, well, this is it for Windows. And it’s free. (Though, I think I’m at the point where I should probably be making a donation to the creator.)

That said, I do wish the creator would implement a standard installer and update system. Having to manually unpack the archive file and create a program directory is, though small, still pretty inconvenient.

It would also be nice to have some kind of preview system since you’re writing with markup rather than WYSIWYG, though I’m always reluctant to ramble on about “missing” features when it comes to applications whose purpose is to be minimal.



Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 6, 2013 at 01:44 PM


Thanks for the heads up. Interestingly, WriteMonkey is a .NET application (now using version 4.0) which seems rather strange for a non-graphical tool.

It is part of my standard plain text toolbox in Windows, but I’m also using TextRoom http://textroom.sourceforge.net/ which is cross-platform.


Posted by Listerene
Jan 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM


Writespace (a Word add-in that turns Word into distraction-free writer), FocusWriter, Zen Writer and Q10 are other choice and are just a few of the (seemingly) countless number of Windows alternatives in this category.


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM


Listerene wrote:
>Writespace (a Word add-in that turns Word into distraction-free writer)

Thanks for this. Has anyone tried Writespace with Word 2010 on Win7, 64-bit? My main concern would be stability, i.e. I wouldn’t like to lose any content whatsoever. But otherwise I wished to have something like this for Word for years…



Posted by Bernhard
Jan 8, 2013 at 09:06 AM


@ Dr Andus

Regarding stability this quote from the site may be of importance: “Always, always, always keep a copy of your orginal document or text before you try out or use Writespace so you can revert if things go bad. Writespace is work in progress and has not yet been tested enough to be called “stable”.”

My question is why you would use Writespace instead of some other software (Writemonkey e.g.) and finally copy and paste text into Word. The only advantage of Writespace I can see is spell checking.

When I read about “Word Integration” and “Text Formatting” I understand that I lose everything what Word has to offer (e.g. paragraph and character styles, tables ...). So, why I should write in Word?

Do I miss something? Thanks!



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