Among word processors that was true with the original WriteNow, which I knew, used, and loved back in the last century. Alas, WriteNow is no more. For a few years the venerable Bean carried on the tradition for Mac users who wanted a way to write quickly; it had just the right blend of features and performance. Alas, Bean, though free, is no longer being developed.
The Search For Purity
I would like to report that I found a worth successor to WriteNow and Bean. Alas, I have not, despite wading through a whole new generation of Mac word processors.
The latest attempt came from WriteKit, which like the predecessors, is clean and uncluttered.
What I found is that clean and uncluttered is a euphemism for ‘not many features.’
We live in the age of minimalist feature sets and distraction free writing tools, and that’s where WriteKit fits.
There’s the ubiquitous fullscreen mode so you can focus on writing, not formatting. Speaking of formatting, there isn’t much. Bold, italic, underline, center, left, right and justified alignments.
And, well, I struggle to list more features because there really are fewer features than expected. WriteKit does character and word count. You can save files. Open files. Print files.
WriteKit is simple to master. It’s fast. At least, it’s quick to open files, quick to save files, but not cloud or sync savvy, and there’s no iPhone or iPad version.
Considering the price tag, you get much more with Bean. Worse, WriteKit uses the stupid floppy disk icon to denote a way to save files. Floppy disk? This is 2014. Floppy disks haven’t been used on a Mac since just after the last impeachment of a U.S. president.
WriteKit is decent as far as modern minimalist and distraction free word processors go. But it could use a few more features to justify the price tag (iCloud sync, themes, more formatting options, etc.).