For example, they claim to be less than Microsoft Word. Minimalist is the new buzzword, which is the old buzzword for ‘not too many features.’ A perfect example of this new genre is Write for the Mac.
This multi-purpose writer, coder, blogger, student writing tool is good for, well, writing, notes, and even rich text Markdown. And that’s about the end of the basic writing features.
Write comes without the standard word processor toolbar because, you know, distraction free! It scrolls onscreen like a typewriter because, you know, focus, and, uh, miminalism et al. Which seems a contradiction because Write also lets you customize your own theme.
Write lets you organize documents from a handy sidebar, and the app is accessible from the Mac’s Menubar. There’s not much to learn, other than Markdown, and files can be saved to iCloud (good for the iPhone and iPad version of Write) as well as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, etc.).
Minimalist applications like Write are good for writers who don’t want to be distracted by cumbersome and crowded toolbars or floating palettes of tools and options. If you can type you can use Write.
Write has writer basics, too. Word, sentence, paragraph count, and even a clever estimated reading time stats. Files can be exported as PDF, RTF, and HTML.
What’s missing (other than all the tools writers normally use)?
There’s no trial version. If Write were priced at $2.99 or $3.99, it would fall within my throwaway price range. But without a trial version $9.99 means the money goes out the door whether you like using Write or not.