Instead of a gargantuan list of features, 90-percent of which never get used, writers these days are going all minimalist on their bad selves with simple, distraction free writing tools.
Imagine. Free. Writing.
Somewhere between the speed and elegance of WriteNow (and its 21st century counterpart, the free Bean) from back in the day, writers decided that small is beautiful, and simple is better.
Today there’s a whole crop of free or inexpensive mini word processors that don’t look anything like Microsoft Word.
These almost-feature-free apps let writers focus on writing, rather than processing words.
Imagine is one of the latest in the free and distraction free mode of text tools (I hesitate to call them word processors because they don’t process much).
What you get on the screen is a typical app window where you can write. That’s about the only feature that’s typical. Imagine doesn’t have a toolbar across the top, but it’s OS X fullscreen aware.
One click and you’re in distraction free nirvana.
Let me call Imagine a simple text editor. It’s not there to processor words. It’s there to capture your words.
This is minimalist TextEdit. The toolbar across the bottom isn’t much. It counts words on the right.
On the left, there are tools for underline, italics, and bold. Imagine has options for changing the background color, fonts, and moving from an app window environment to full screen.
Undo is built-in, but it’s not really a plain text editor as files are typical rich text format (which can be saved without any formatting).
Imagine is missing a few items that would make it a standout, even with a price tag (it’s free). Files are not saved in iCloud. There’s no iPhone or iPad version, therefore, no way to synchronize files because there’s no need.
If all you want to do is sit down and begin writing and not worry about margins, or headers, or footers, or formatting– and you need to concentrate on writing and not processing words– Imagine is a good place to start.