Fans of the typewriter remain a vehement group. They view the typewriter as something really special, a tool which makes the connection between languages.
One of the attractions of a typewriter is that it offers a distraction-free alternative of modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the writer to concentrate on what really matters – the content. They force the writer to think.
In many countries, the typewriter has been firmly consigned to history by the computer. Yet, the computer is jam-packed with distractions. The desktop with its cluttered interface, the chatter of social media, the almost limitless content of the internet, the chirping email notifications, the list of distractions is endless. When writing, concentration is vital.
Fortunately, there are computer applications which are designed to offer a distraction-free environment, to ensure the writer has mental clarity, by not being distracted by the operating system and a cluttered interface.
Here is our take on the finest distraction-free applications to help you focus on writing without interruption. Each of the applications run under Linux, most are available as desktop applications. All of the tools are open source software.
Click the links in the table below to learn more about each tool.
|Distraction-Free Tools for Writers|
|FocusWriter||Simple, distraction-free word processor|
|Mark Text||Simple and elegant Markdown editor|
|Apostrophe||Editor that stays out your way|
|Quoll Writer||Desktop writing application written in Java|
|ghostwriter||Distraction-free writing experience offering a clean interface|
|Bibisco||Novel writing software|
|TextRoom||Basic full-screen rich text editor for writers|
|Abricotine||Markdown editor built for the desktop with inline preview functionality|
|PyRoom||Editor that stays out of your way|
|Manuskript||Tool for those writer who like to organize and plan everything before writing|
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