Of all the productivity apps on your Mac, the most personal are text editors and word processors– the tools we use to write. If the old adage that nothing improves without change is true, then it’s time to Think Different™ about writing tools.
FoldingText Is Different
My own Mac is blessed with half a dozen text editors and more than a few word processors. I prefer using a text editor because it’s good for coding, and for writing.
Mac word processors are usually to cumbersome, have too many unused features, and get in the way of the primary purpose– writing.
One notable exception might be Bean, billed as The Last Mac Word Processor You’ll Ever Buy Is Free. Even Bean is a traditional word processor.
FoldingText is not a traditional text editor or word processor. You won’t find floating palettes of tools, or options buried in a labyrinth of pull down menus.
If you write, and your writing world revolves around plain text and quick productivity, FoldingText will open your eyes to a new way to write.
FoldingText automatically adjusts your document into sections, lists, or paragraphs. Sections are folded into the document, hence, folding text.
The objective with this simplified but different approach to writing is flexibility, simplicity, and old fashioned usefulness.
FoldingText is good for focused writing, outlining, planning, scheduling, note taking, even to-do lists.
You won’t find floating tool palettes in FoldingText.
Instead of margins and headers and footers and formatting options, FoldingText becomes a simple writing tool that it completely biased to simplicity, yet quickly usable.
Most of the esoteric features are hidden in FoldingText. For example, there’s Markdown-style automatic formatting, and AppleScript capability.
Simplicity reigns. Press the “#” key to create a new header. Press the “-” key to create a to-do list box. Once you’ve written for awhile, press the “#” key again and the text folds up.
If you’re used to writing with Word or Bean or BBEdit or TextWrangler or other word processors or text editors, getting used to FoldingText takes more than a few minutes. The focus is on writing, not tools. That changes your approach so you’re more focused on creating than managing.