We must be entering a new age of enlightenment because Mac users have more word processor choices than ever, most of them complete with 21st century buzzwords like distraction free or minimalist (euphemisms for limited features). Here’s one that thinks different.
Zen Is A State Of Mind
For most Mac users, if you write, then you type, so both keyboard and word processor are important to you.
Fortunately, Apple’s keyboards are pretty good, but for serious writing, let’s just say that Pages on a Mac isn’t going to threaten what you already use.
However, if you’re in the market for a more modern utility to write your best prose, what you’ll find interesting is Typed.
As is the case with many new Mac writing apps, Typed comes with basics so you can focus on the writing and content, not the formatting and complexity of a dozen floating palettes of tools.
Typed auto saves everything you type. Typed can display word and character count, but not too many tools. Formatting writing is so 1999.
Personally, I don’t see the allure, but Typed is buzzword proficient and speaks Markdown, which makes it a good writing tool for geekier bloggers.
Yes, use all the keyboard shortcuts you can think of to structure and format, realizing that you’re getting few options to structure or format in Typed. The feature that impresses me the most and makes Type worthy of consideration is the Zen Mode.
Zen Mode comes with eight different background soundtracks to help you keep calm, focus on the writing task at hand, and avoid being distracted by the rest of your Mac, your office, your neighbors. Typed isn’t cheap, but you can try before you buy, but there’s no corresponding iPad or iPhone version.