There are many different word processing programs available for a Mac, ranging from fully fledged offerings such as Pages and Microsoft Word through to more basic apps, such as TextEdit and Text-Wrangler. All of these follow a similar theme and, whilst they all focus on a slightly different target market, they are all very similar.
I’m writing this review using a new piece of software called WriteRoom. It isn’t like your average word processor in that it has (more or less) no interface at all. It creates a completely distraction free environment in which you can work uninterrupted and without anything bouncing around persuading you to do something else. It’s writing bliss.
When looking at the site at first I was quite skeptical. I like the interface and features my Mac has to offer and wouldn’t really want to sacrifice them. I also really didn’t like the whole green on black text style. I downloaded it anyway, being inquisitive and all, and discovered that it’s actually very advanced. There are a great deal of options you can play with in the preferences to customise it exactly how you want it. Mine is a completely white screen, with black Garamond 14-pt. It looks stunning, and is “minimalistic bliss”. At the moment, I’m not honestly sure I’ll ever use something such as Microsoft Word again!
Obviously it isn’t perfect for every situation. There are times when you need to be able to format text more effectively, insert images, or use all the features of a full word processor. But when writing blog posts, essays or letters, this does seem to be one of the best programs out there.
Try it and you’ll be hooked straight away. Promise!