How many tools are there? Much of my day-to-day work is devoted to slaving over a hot keyboard using Microsoft Word. I get paid to use it because everyone in the Office and most clients use Word. What about writing of a more personal nature? For that, we writers choose carefully.
Minimalism vs. Feature-itis
Word comes with more features than most of us, professional writers or casual writers, will ever master. Elsewhere in the Mac app community are writing tools that range from $25 to $100 and do everything any writer could ever want. Except the actual writing, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see an app do that any day now.
The trend these days is toward what is called minimalist writing. That’s what Paragraphs is. A minimalist writing tool. For many, minimalist is merely a euphemism for few features and high price. That’s all part of the less is more strategy. Few features, higher price.
Paragraphs falls into the less is more camp, known more for what it does not have than what it does. No distracting menus, no floating palettes of options, just good old unadulterated distraction free writing.
That’s about all you’re going to see while you write. No distractions. Or, at least, few distractions. The formatting toolbar is there when you want it, but otherwise it’s just a blank screen, you, and your keyboard.
Paragraphs comes with a few customizable options, though, including an overview screen, four different layouts, and a few different font options. There’s even a dark mode, and a low-light setting.
What you write has options, too. Paragraphs is a standard rich text format editor which also exports files to plain text, HTML, or even Markdown for inclusion in various blogging platforms.
As Mac writing tools go, Paragraphs is decent, yes, but don’t expect a boatload of features to justify the price tag. Remember, less is more. You get less. You pay more. One notable negative is that you must fly blind. There’s no trial version. It’s Mac App Store or the highway.