This is the best distraction-free writer that DOESN’T emphasize Markdown (which I never use and likely never will so why would I want a Markdown editor, I ask you). It’s clean, it’s visually stunning, and it just works. Plain and simple. It helps me get more done because it makes everything else go away. As the product is now, it was well worth the money spent, and my hope is it’ll only get better. The support team on Twitter is great and always responds to my feedback and questions. Be aware: this app isn’t for you if you like to keep your files saved individually in your Documents folder (though there is an Export option if your heart truly desires it). Paragraphs uses a library system to store each document, powered by their autosave feature. It’s seamless and easy and I’ve never had an issue with it; in fact, I prefer it, seeing as it keeps my Documents folder much tidier and free of endless WIPs. Current wishlist of features: - Internal folder system to keep related documents/ideas together (my biggest biggest request and would make this a 5-Star review) - When you highlight text via the arrow keys (ie holding down shift, option, or command while using the arrow keys), the formatting bar doesn’t pop up. Please fix. - Bulleted/numbered list support (if you can do blockquotes you can do this, c’mon) - A way to import already-existing .rtf or .txt documents (though, for now, copy+paste does the job) - Mobile app - paragraph/line spacing options For a lot of people, this isn’t a full-featured app because of what it lacks. For me, it does the job and does it well—I just know it could be better. So I’ll cross my fingers and wait.
Exactly What I was Looking For
As a writer first and foremost, this app was exactly what I was looking for. Distraction-free, no bells and whistles. Just plain writing.
Great app — keep it Markdown-free, please!!
Minimal, perfect app and very responsive developer. On a side note, I too want to join the chorus of people who say "ENOUGH WITH MARKDOWN!!" Markdown’s syntax might be a faster and leaner for developers, but for writers or users who want to focus on content, it’s not only distracting but also plain ugly!
Their goal is to be simple, and while they accomplished that with their beautiful UI, a user of a text editing program expects more for $10. Of all the lacking features, the most prominant it needs I think are cloud syncing, a free mobile version, keyboard shortcuts to edit formatting of selected text (Cmd-B, Cmd-I, Cmd-U, etc), customizable themes, and a more complicated exporting.
Love this app a lot, my 10 page essay was written faster :) Eager for future updates, but this app is worth the $10 for sure.