If you gotta write something right now then you’ll take whatever tool you can get your hands on to do the job. But selecting the correct tool to use on your Mac is the challenge and there are many dozens of choices.
Apple puts TextEdit on the Mac so that writing app is free, simple to learn, somewhat traditional, but doesn’t really have a counterpart on iPad or iPhone. The latest trend in writing tools for the Mac seems to be the so-called distraction free and minimalist apps. If that’s your thing– free and easy– uFocus is a decent choice because the features are minimalist, file management is simple, and it’s priced right. Any Mac user can afford it, and if you’re a little on the geeky side there’s always the Markdown functionality that’s built in.
There are not many features to rave about with uFocus. Open it up. Start writing.
Unlike TextEdit, uFocus comes with some basic statistics that writers will prefer, including the all important number of characters and number of words.
For Mac users into Markdown, it’s there and lets you add headings, quotes, lists, bold and italics, then export a file to HTML, or even copy the text as rich text.
Two other useful features for writers include the Sentence Highlight which you see in the image above, and Typewriter Scrolling. The former fades out text above and below so you can focus only on the current sentence, while the latter automatically scrolls as you move to a new line which keeps what you’re writing always in focus.
Of course, writing is a visual medium and uFocus lets you choose from multiple editor widths, different font sizes, and a dark theme.
Wait. There’s more!
One feature that’s actually worth money is the file navigator which is built in to the left sidebar. That enables you to search through your files, organize documents or notes into folders, and that gives you instant and immediate access to anything you’ve written.
Wait. There’s still more!
While uFocus is a simple to setup and use writing tool, there are invisible tools that become visible with a click– like the text statistics– even though the interface looks spartan. For example, the title bar appears when you move the mouse to the top of the document window.
Jump from one sentence to another–forward or backward– with keystone combos. The built-in NoWayBack mode means you can’t delete or replace if you tend to edit instead of write. There’s even a sound mode that makes your keyboard sound like a typewriter. As expected, uFocus also autosaves, saves files on iCloud, and even utilizes the Mac’s fullscreen mode.
In other words, there’s much to like with uFocus. It’s elegant, fast, instantly usable, and priced right. There’s no iPad version, though, and that would be a plus.