The last thing a writer needs is a word processor that interrupts or slows down the writing process.
No writer wants automated editing tools making “corrections” that need fixing. No writer wants to look at a screen full of toolbars and prompts more difficult to navigate than the console of an airplane. A few handy tools will do, thank you very much. Oh, but please, designers, don’t strip the works down to nothing more than a white screen – that’s already intimidating enough.
So, what does the ideal word processor look like?
The creators of Write! believe they’ve put together a fitting writing instrument for the digital age, combining essential features with a smooth interface, at last creating a “distraction-free text editor that does not suck.”
Ditching the browser-based or mobile-first editing models much in vogue, Write! is a word processor for Windows designed for desktop. It goes back to the basics – without going too far back – offering more graceful and efficient versions of familiar tools.
In place of the scrollbar, a visual navigator makes it easy to find your place in long documents. Text folding and a sensitive search further help writers stay organized and find what they need quickly. Tabs make it easy to move back and forth between multiple documents or notes, while a responsive cursor lets writers dash smoothly to wherever they need to be on the page.
Things have changed, but any writer over the age of… say 20, has surely lost work because of failing to save properly. Write! ensures that this will never happen by saving changes automatically as drafts – simple and very sweet.
Among a thoughtful assortment of editing tools is a slick spell checker that handles multiple languages and zips through a dropdown box of corrections. This lets the writer stay focused on the text and edit quickly, with minimal disruption of workflow. Likewise, writers enjoy fluent access to Google, Wikipedia or a Thesaurus.
Smart, multi-level lists sensibly guide writers through formatting options. Instead of a zillion menus and buttons (read: turning to help to find what you need), Write! displays tools intuitively, as writers would be more apt to use them – sustaining a more natural writing process.
Write! has paid attention to the great cloud migration underway, so materials – drafts, documents, research, notes – are kept in sync for both flexible use and easy collaboration. This is done within the text processor, so no additional apps are required.
What’s more, in addition to all these (customizable) features, Write! is free to download. Unless you’re a James Patterson, this aspect of Write! will not go unappreciated.
How exactly might we summarize Write!? Here’s a description from the website: “You can think of Write! as a lightweight combination of a distraction-free editor, Evernote app, a bit of WordPress post editing UI, some formatting features of Word, and even some IDE mechanics, from which we borrow how auto-complete or text folding works.”
The best and most essential features of other writing tools brought together in an elegant package. Write! on. Have a closer look or download Write! at wri.tt.