Focus Writer vs Qordoba
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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.
Qordoba is an artificial intelligence writing improvement tool that businesses can use to standardize written communication throughout the organization. It assists individuals from various departments or teams in writing with the same style and utilizing terminology in the correct manner, which enables the entire organization to successfully project a brand voice and achieve clear and consistent communication. The software is built around a style guide platform that can be customized according to your preferences. You can use the tool to improve the effectiveness of your corporate communications, marketing campaigns, technical documentation, and knowledgebase, as well as legal policies. All of the content that is pertinent to your communication needs will be fetched and synchronized in an automated fashion by Qordoba. It is also helpful to familiarize new employees and consultants with your company's brand and voice as soon as they start working there. Writer, formerly known as Qordoba, is an artificial intelligence writing assistant tool designed for use in business settings. Its content style guide platform is powered by natural language processing, which enables you to tailor writing guidelines to your specific brand and assists users in writing in the same manner, using the same terminology, and in the same voice as the brand. You basically create a writing style guide for your brand by using Writer. This involves setting preferences for various categories, such as ideal voice and tone; writing styles, such as AP, Chicago, or your own; terms to be used; and banned words. After that, users can choose to either directly write within the platform's Writer or simply copy and paste content into it. After that, the writer will evaluate the content that was submitted and score it in comparison to the company's style guide in order to identify areas in which the content is not aligned. In addition to that, it will offer recommendations for areas of improvement. In addition, Writer offers add-ons for Google Chrome, Google Docs, and Microsoft Word, and it gives users the ability to perform on-demand, real-time content analysis.
"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
Qordoba is a key to our content strategy. Much more than a writing assistant (But you can use it as a small, lightweight tool if you prefer). We're using the language checkers to improve the quality, consistency and readability of content created across teams. We're also integrating it into our product development process to empower our content designers to own and deliver UI content. So often we had developers write content on the fly and misspell our product name (among other things!). Or we had outdated content that would require engineering to update, taking forever. Qordoba solves it with a single, easy-to-use interface onto our Git repos. It gives our content designers what they need to do their work, and quickly publish improvements in the product experience. As a content strategist, I've waited a long time for a product like this!
- Jennifer Schmich
It's too early to give a solid opinion about my experience with Qordoba, having only used it for about a month and not having had an opportunity to use the features at length. So far, I like it, and the features I have tried have worked rather well so far. The customizability of the style guide and the power of the plug-in text editor (much better and more accurate than Grammarly) is worth the price of admission alone. It's so great to finally have a software that will allow you to create your own rules for editing copy and content across platforms without having to refer back to a physical document every time. Makes developing a brand voice and training others on brand voice MUCH easier.
The Qordoba team sets the gold standard for customer service. At every step of the way, from pre-sales to implementation to ongoing support, every team member has provided us with the highest quality support.
- Lisa Y.
|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
|Customizability of the style guide
|Power of the plug-in text editor
|Software UI is a little confusing
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