WriteRoom

Version: 3.2.1 || Release Date: 2012-08-09 || License: Shareware ($9.99) Developer: Hog Bay Software | App Owner: jesse_grosjean

For Mac users who enjoy the simpllicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen, distraction-free writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text. Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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The developer writes about the differences between free/purchased on his forum: "At the moment the only difference is the nag screen that shows up on startup, and the good general feeling that you'll get buy buying it and supporting my work"

I couldn't find this question on the comments here, so apologies if its already been asked. What's the "catch" with an unlicensed version? Is it timebombed? I couldn't find any "you only get feature X, Y, and Z with the unlicensed version" blurb anywhere. Can anyone explain what the purchase incentive is?

@sarahwynne : Hmm, I can just hit File>Save or Cmd-S to save. I don't have to export to save. Care to elaborate?

Frankly, I liked the simplicity of the old version better. None of this export-to-save thing. I'll export it when I need, and not a moment sooner. Less files to keep track of that way.

Besides, free is way better. ^^

@mjsteinbaugh:
MacJournal lets you use it as an editor from another application like TextMate or MarsEdit? I'm not sure MacJournal and WriteRoom are really even comparable.

I have to agree it’s absolutely brilliant. For best results, for web editing/blogging etc., use it in combination with TextMate and/or MarsEdit.

Some people may find this app a little bit pricey, but for me it works beautifully and helps me immensly every day in my workflow. Well done.

I hate that the developer decided to start charging for WriteRoom. I actually helped popularise it when it was still free.

Don't forget BlockWriter.
http://osx.iusethis.com/app/blockwriter
The current version (1.0) is Universal Binary.
And it's completely free.

I liked this app at 1.0, but $25 for what it does is unjustifiably arbitrary when you compare it to free writing apps. Journler has full screen capability (though not as retro-slick as this one offers) and great organizational features. Smultron is a text editor with built-in HTML previewing capability. This is a great little app, but I wouldn't pay more than $10 for it.

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