Focus Writer vs LaTeX
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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.
Writing scientific texts with latex is easy and totally recommended. Latex offers its main power when you need to write formulas because you can include any symbol. Thus, you can write complex equations easily. You only need patience. The general aspect of a text written with Latex seems more professional than the result from using other products. Besides, reading a text made with Latex is more comfortable. One of the main advantages of latex is the community behind it. If you find any problem, you can google the error and you will find several solutions to your problem. Finally, you can export from Latex to other formats like pdf, ps, HTML, and so on. Latex is not WYSIWYG. This makes it a little bit hard to write texts. Sometimes, the help for specific commands is incomplete and difficult to find. Finally, sometimes you need to include some effect or special feature, available in Latex, but it is difficult. Latex does not include grammar or spell checking. If you want it, you need to install a good tool for using Latex. The better the tool, the easier it to write texts. In fact, I recommend using Latex with a tool instead of using a plain text editor.
Free and dependable, LaTeX is one of the most popular academic writing tools, and it is also one of the most widely used. We have gone as far as developing a LaTex tutorial, in which we help you with the fundamentals of programming, which is required in order to make use of this. If you haven't begun writing your research paper yet, you have some time to learn LaTex, and you want to learn one of the absolute classic writing tools, then you should use LaTex. The LaTeX typesetting system is of the highest caliber; it contains features that were developed specifically for the production of technical and scientific documentation. The communication and publication of scientific documents are almost always done with LaTeX, making it the de facto standard. You can download a free version of the LaTeX software. LaTeX is not a typesetting program in and of itself; rather, it is document preparation software that runs on top of Donald E. Knuth's TeX typesetting system. LaTeX was created by Donald E. Knuth.
"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
I would like to declare that I am writing this review from the perspective of someone who does not have extensive coding experience. LaTeX has been a fantastic package to use. I would suggest its formatting as its best feature. Formatting in LaTeX goes hand in hand with its magnitude of customizability. It is very different than "What you see is what you get" editors. Instead, it is a "What you make is what you get" software package. To every detail of a document, you have virtually unlimited control for the appearance of your document. Margins are easy to figure out and the document that you create will look better than any document you have created using other editors.
- User in Non-Profit Organization Management
To start with, LaTeX is a software tool that helps to write books, letters, reports, and articles using codes and through my experiences with Latex, the best point is " you learn a new language that includes code" also it is a feature that separate math and physic people from biology and other areas of study. In addition, it expands your knowledge and leads you to explore new things such as finding the solution of a problem in two ways rather than one.
- Judi H. Translator
I like the fact that latex makes it very easy to write mathematics-related things. To be honest, Latex has been a great tool for my day-to-day work like software documentation, software design, and stuff. I would recommend the product to others as well. The documents i create with Latex are more informative and easy to understand than other documents. I have not found anything that is dislikable. Almost all the features have been pretty useful for me. So there is nothing at the moment that I dislike about this great tool. I would give 10/10 to the tool with my current experience with it.
- janaka s. Software Engineer
|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
|LaTeX is free to use, which helps students on tight academic budgets
|The ability to create your own bibliography using Latex’s site function saves time for you and your librarian
|Creates a technical barrier for researchers who know how to use LaTex and those who don’t
|It takes some time to learn how to use Latex and can take a few hours or even months for beginner writers
|Certain word processing programs such as MS Word cannot be used with LaTex
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