We’re an eclectic group, of course, always on the lookout for a new way to move our thoughts, emotions, ideas to the Mac’s screen (all for the sake of posterity, personal enjoyment, and maybe a few bucks). Here’s a new way to write on the Mac and it involves cheese.
Cheese, Not Cheesy Writer
Word processors are not a dime a dozen, but the advent of the Mac App Store means more choice, and lower prices for modern digital writing tools.
Admittedly, what caught my eye about Cheese Writer was the app’s name. Think of an elegant, uncomplicated word processor with a nod to writers.
Cheese Writer has most of the basic word processor tools to edit text, more akin to TextEdit than Microsoft Word.
What sets it apart is the blend of basic features, tuned for writers, and the clever draft board sidebar for notes.
That makes it easy to add comments for any element of text within a document so you can go back and remember what you were thinking when you wrote that awful paragraph.
Cheese Writer is something of a throwback to the glory days of yesteryear when writers used typewriters. There’s a typewriter sound so you’ll more productive.
Graphic elements or photos can be dropped in with ease, and resized as needed, because Cheese Writer has a little of the page layout gene.
Of course, there’s the basics– styles, hyperlinks, speech, undo/redo, and most of the font and style accoutrements, as well as word count, page numbers, character count, and so on.
In other words, Cheese Writer isn’t really cheesy at all, and the draft board sidebar may be the most useful writing tool option this side of Scrivener, but for a whole lot less money.