Focus Writer vs Pixabay
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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.
Fantastic, totally FREE collection of FREE photos, graphics and illustrations. No credit card or payment required, ever. Just log in with your email address, search for your topic, download any size image and use it for free. No need to ask permission & photo credit is entirely optional (but still the right thing to do.) As a newspaper editor, it gives me graphics or images to "dress up" text-heavy articles. Various file sizes are available for each image, big enough for both print and web.
A free stock photography and royalty-free stock media source is Pixabay.com. It is used to share images, vector graphics, film clips, music, and artwork under the unique Pixabay license, which in general permits the free use of the content with limited limitations. Although covering a "broad range of subjects," the overall quality of the images on the site has been characterized as "mediocre for the most part" and "varying." There are thousands of free video clips, as well as more than a million royalty-free images, drawings, and vector graphics. Every image and video on Pixabay is available under the Creative Commons CC0 license, which is free for commercial use without a credit requirement. The best free alternative to paid stock photo websites is Pixabay. The following capabilities are available in the Pixabay mobile app: * A quick search and an intuitive interface * Browse the search results * Zooming and panning for smaller screens in a one-click image viewer * Easily download and distribute music, films, and photos * Comments and messages let you interact with other people. * The app makes it simple to favorite, like, and manage content. Future enhancements for the app include: * Straightforward image uploads from your gadget * Display all image tags and camera information.
"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
It's a useful tool but you all lied. It costantly said after I downloaded it that if I uploaded 10 images then the ads will stop. Well, ten approved (and some even downloaded by others!) photos and I'm still seeing ads. That wouldn't be so bad if the ads didn't happen 3 seconds after the last ad, in the middle of scrolling, when I'm looking at the image for more than 10 seconds, etc. Also it works on my android tablet, but not my android phone. It keeps crashing as soon as I open it.
- Cade October 7, 2020
Used to work fine but these last few months I can't get it to load any pictures. End up going in chrome to look at images from the website everytime. Edit (some weeks later): new phone, images load up but not able to use any filters except image orientation. Changing filters causes the app to bring up 0 results (of a previous search which yielded over 9,000 and no I'm not memeing here). Liking or saving an image causes the app to crash completely. Seems using chrome is still the best option.
- A Google user October 2, 2019
Crashes within 20 seconds of opening, every time I try to use it. I have always loved this app and use it on my android phone to create social media content for the non-profit I work for. I have tried force stop and uninstalled multiple times but it still crashes. So frustrating and disappointing!
- Beth Bissonnette October 19, 2020
|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
|You can find all kinds of royalty-free elements in this site and use it on your personal, as well as commercial projects
|If you have specific size requirements, you can choose from several options and download the one you prefer.
|No longer useful
|Like so many others have indicated, this app used to be amazing then suddenly it stopped working
|I'm willing to bet changes where made to the website code that broke the mobile app and the developers are unable to update the app for some reason
|I have discovered that my favorites still load if you mark them in the web version, even new favorites (i.g
|not just cached)
|I really hope this gets fixed, usually bugs like this are easy to fix.-A Google userNovember 24, 2019
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