Focus Writer vs Cold Turkey Writer
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FocusWriter was the weakest writing app I tested. It’s nothing else, but just an alternative to Microsoft Word. It’s literally a text editor. That’s it. There are many other alternative writing tools like the world’s leading spell checker Grammarly. There isn’t anything special that I could mention other than the fact that it’s the only writing software (in this test) which is absolutely free. However, you pay the price by not having all the essential features you saw in the above applications like versioning, storyboard, writing templates, etc. So, does it have anything good that could make it worth at least for a trial? Well, there are some plus points.
A straightforward, noise-free writing environment is FocusWriter. The application uses a hide-away interface that you may access by dragging your mouse to the boundaries of the screen. This keeps the program's appearance and feel familiar while still allowing you to focus entirely on your job. It has been translated into other languages and is available for Windows and Linux. A simple text editing application called Focus Writer was created with folks who are easily distracted in mind. The program enlarges to fullscreen so that you can only see its interface. Focus Writer is open source, multiplatform, and free. It provides real-time statistics for words and paragraphs, dictionary support, tabbed organization, and the option to establish daily goals. The ability to customize the interface's backdrop, text, papers, and other elements with different colors to better fit your needs and foster the ideal writing atmosphere is another of the feature's most intriguing aspects. If you're looking for a solid writing tool, Focus Writer is what you need.
The advantage of such restriction is you will have to concentrate on your writing and forget all the other tasks. Nevertheless, the disadvantage is you cannot open any other app in case you need to check something or gather information. Many times, we open web pages to get info at the time of writing. But, as this app doesn’t allow users to open anything at all. The user interface of Cold Turkey Writer is neat and clean. The white background makes a good environment for writing.
Cold Turkey Writer is a full-screen editor that you can only exit once your writing objectives have been met. This makes it difficult for you to drift off from your writing assignment.
"Does what it says, and does it well." PROS -It lets you choose a background -It lets you choose your preferred language for spellchecking -It really does let you focus more on your work than everything else -It auto-hides the task-bars, for better concentration -It has themes -It counts words CONS -The default 'typewriter sounds' found under preferences can be very annoying at times, and I found it better to disable it SUMMARY The program does what it says, and does it well. It has a few features of a heavier text editor like OO Writer or MS Word, but it's lightweight like wordpad, but most importantly, you can hide the task-bars to save writing space, instead of having to remove the task-bars which is a pain when you want to change settings.
- Sphint Jan 18, 2011
"Easy to use, no gotchas" PROS - Everything stays out of your way until you need it - Great themes and customization - Portable file formats (Open Document, RTF, plain text) gives you flexibility and choice - Italics and bold actually look like italics and bold, something not always present in other full-screen writing programs CONS - If you don't pay attention, it's easy to miss the menu bar. Just move your mouse pointer to the top of the screen. This isn't really a con, but I'm pointing it out here and in the summary below so that no one else misses it (like the guy that gave this program one star because it had no menu). SUMMARY NOTE: Access the menu bar by moving your mouse cursor to the top of the screen. Everything else is pretty self explanatory. I recommend a good font, such as Deja Vu Sans Mono or Consolas, and choosing a color scheme that's comfortable and readable for long term use. Use a dark background and not-too-bright font faces, bring the font size up a little if you need to, and write.
- S.Hall Aug 27, 2013
"I really like this! I'm glad I found it." PROS This is a small simple program but has great features to help writers. It has the top two things most people want in a word processor; a spell checker and a word counter (counts pages, paragraphs and characters too). It lets you choose your own pictures for the background theme, etc. I like the typewriter sound effect, but it can be turned off if you don't want it. You can set up a word limit per page. I really like that you can set up a daily goal of writing a certain number of words or set up a timer for a certain amount of time allotted for writing. It lets you know what percentage of your daily goal has been met so far. That's cool. CONS None that I can think of. SUMMARY I almost skipped downloading this program because it only has a 2 and a half star rating. Some guy gave it a one star. I'm glad I checked it out for myself because the guy obviously didn't read what the program is about. The whole point is to hide the menu so the writer can focus on writing; hint thus the name of the program "Focus Writer". The program may have been changed since he downloaded it, because now there is a menu that is hidden at the top, but you can get to it and minimize or exit the program without a problem. This is a good program for basic, quick word processing. But it's really great for people who write and want to improve or increase writing skills.
- sandiesays Jan 16, 2012
|Straightforward user interface
|Better Customer Service than any other apps
|Can run on Mac, Windows & Linux computers
|No writing templates
|No way to save previous versions of a copy
|Cannot share content and collaborate with others
|Traditional ‘Cut and Paste’ method
|Limited export formats
|Feature-packed premium plans
|Choose between blacklists and whitelists
|Freemium edition lacks some helpful features
|The support page is somewhat confusing
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