I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but MakeUseOf kind of likes minimal writing tools. Perhaps it’s just writers writing about writing, but in the blogging age tools that are useful for writers are useful for just about everything. Distractions being everywhere, it’s nice to write in an application that stays out of your way and lets you write. We recently profiled FocusWriter, a minimal writing app you can customize. We even taught you how to turn Office 2007 into a minimalist text editor, although you can be the judge of how well that works.
If you want distraction-free writing in your browser however, I highly recommend QuietWrite. Set your browser to full screen and get ready to get things done.
Starting isn’t all that complicated; just head over toand click the “Start Writing” button. When you do you’ll be presented with your workspace:
This is your main work area, and there’s not much to it; writing is all you can do here. Spell check is provided by your browser, assuming your browser offers it. Formatting isn’t possible. A word count can be found if you move your mouse to the top section of the window:
The best thing about this tool? It’s constantly saving your writing. As you type the information is sent to the cloud, meaning you could continue working even if something terrible happens to your computer. To take advantage of this feature, however, you’re really going to want a login account.
You can preview your document. This may seem useless in a minimal editor, but if you’re like me it isn’t. You see, I write my blog posts in HTML, and QuietWrite is actually the first editor that allows me to preview how my code will look before I copy it over to MakeUseOf. Having access to a quick preview function is a great way to spot mistakes.
Creating a login account couldn’t be simpler. When creating a document, move your mouse to the top of the window. Here you will leave an email address and a password and be done. You can now save your documents and retrieve them later. This is an excellent way to have access to your work regardless of where you are. Heck, it’s even a great alternative way to get writing done on the iPad.
You can also “publish” your writing, useful if you’re looking for a quick place to share something with a lot of people. Heck, there’s even an “explore” button you can use to find articles written by others, which is kind of neat.
Like the concept, but not a big fan of the color scheme? Don’t panic; you can customize the look of your writing area, to a certain extent. Move your mouse to the top of the browser window, then click “settings.” Here you can change you look:
This being a browser, you’re limited in terms of font selection. Colors however, are pretty much any you can imagine.
I like this one. It’s minimalistic writing, brought to the cloud. You can use this to discreetly work on creative projects in the office, or for keeping your writing in the cloud so you can access it anywhere. Unlike WriteSpace, it works on every browser and syncs with the cloud.
What do you think? Is this a worthwhile tool, or just yet another minimal writing application? As always you can fill us in; type your thoughts in the box below.