Here are a few things to keep in mind about Focuswriter: First, Focuswriter has no installer. I really like portable software, but that fact is going to throw off less geeky users. A dictionary is not included with FW (v1.4.1 at least) so there's no spell check. The developer's website offers a link to where to get a dictionary, but not how to install it. I figured it out, but less savvy users may be stumped.
I wish that FW were more configurable. I keep having to navigate to the same folders again and again, because FW doesn't allow me to customize my save or theme locations.
Speaking of themes I like them, but they're something of a distraction, which is what FW is supposed to be minimizing. They do help to set a mood, and keep things fresh. I like the daily goal word counter, I like the writing timer, though I wish the latter had a little more polish, like hot keys to start it and stop it. I also wish that FW came with a little documentation to explain things like sessions and the scene list. Certain configuration options are hidden in the themes area, which threw me for awhile, too.
Overall, the exclusion of a dictionary keeps me from recommending Focuswriter. It's so close and has so many good features, that if you think you can figure out how to install a dictionary (or don't mind going without one), then Focuswriter might be for you. Maybe.
I didn't want to try this at first, thinking just another plain old document writer but I have to admit, it's great!
You can customize color, font, image, no image, etc... which makes whatever is easier on your eyes to work with your choice. The menu bar is hidden and drops down from the top of screen so it doesn't get in the way. There are no needless ruler lines, etc... just you and the page.
The thought behind this was simple, yet extremely useful and the next time I do some writing, it's going to be using this.
Great work author!
Now this word processor is just the best from my point of view. It reminds me of the old Word Perfect DOS on which I wrote thousands of words. Absolutely no clutter, just you, the page and the soft typewriter sound (if you chose to use it). It is like using a pen and stationery. It really takes no time at all to like, open the program, move the mouse cursor to the top, or bottom of the screen to access the controls and in a few moments you will be up and running, just you and your thoughts. It is great, just absolutely great.
A great idea and well executed. Removes all desktop distractions and you can create your own working space with ease. It's simplicity is its greatest innovation.
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