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WriteRoom is for Mac users who enjoy the simpllicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen, distraction-free writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text.

What's New

Version 3.2.1:
  • Fix: Sandboxing issue with QuickCursor (App Store only)
  • Fix: Sandboxing issue when changing between plain text and rich text (App Store only)
  • Fix: Crash when using Shift Left in some circumstances

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Filp Member IconReview+23
Filp
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Write Room is not fancy. It will not automatically transform your ideas into finished prose. But if you want to write — to get your words onto the screen, then edit and revise and polish them in a smooth, uncluttered environment — this may be just the thing.

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Version 3.2.1
tzoi516 Member IconReview+35
tzoi516
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I liked WriteRoom 2 because of the flexibility it afforded me in customizing my writing environment - it's about allowing me to focus on writing and not minutiae, right? WriteRoom 3 takes a departure, which has caused me to spend around 20 minutes just trying to get the window how I want it - full screen every time I open WriteRoom, the page is centered (I don't like text scrolling off the edge of my monitor, it's distracting. However, I can't adjust the bottom margin in 3), and a entire black background gives me a headache after awhile. After one spends an hour of customizing, and wasting valuable writing time, it almost works like its predecessor. Until you close it and open it again.

Theming isn't as cut-and-dry - I didn't see a Theme editor, so I opened a theme in the text editor (thinking it might be XML-based) and was greeted with gibberish.

Since it was an inexpensive upgrade, the value wasn't bad, and so far it hasn't crashed on me.

Sorry for the snarky commentary, I'm just frustrated - which I know is a poor excuse. I just don't like my time being wasted.

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Version 3.2.1
accountclosed Member IconReview+111
accountclosed
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Have been a longtime WriteRoom user, and exchanged many emails with HogBay over the decisions as of v.3.x to lose RTF settings on new document creation. It's a nightmare. Months ago, a fix was promised "soon," and I'm afraid this failure to follow through has precedent at HogBay, viz. lthe iPhone version and the year loyal users waited in the dark for a stable version with no word from Jesse. In this latest release of WR, new documents till do not retain the RTF settings (e.g., font and font size, line spacing, etc.) associated with a particular theme. In other words, a new document will default to the app's settings and ignore Theme settings even though the Theme shows as active. It's a muddle. The argument for this as far as I can follow it is that RTF documents need to be fluid enough to allow for a range of formatting choices later, e.g., for printing. For my part, it makes no sense to have themes if one can't create a document that preserves the assigned theme's settings. Have been using FocusWrite for months now. It doesn't have themes (and is apparently no longer in development) but the settings of the previous document persist in new documents, so one doesn't have to reinvent the wheel with ever new doc. I said above that I have been a longtime WriteRoom user. No more. Not until this feature is fixed so that it makes sense again, and theme settings are respected in new documents to which the theme has been assigned—including fonts, font size, spacing, etc.

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Version 3.2.1
Runty
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The default font of new documents is one of the first things I change in my text editors. Please fix this hog bay!

Sebastian_szwarc Member IconReview+20
Sebastian_szwarc
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I wanted to buy version 3 and support its developer but...no Snow Leopard version..I will not buy Lion just for WriteRoom sorry.
Very frustrating and annoying to forget about old users..because of what? lack of official icloud support in Snow?

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Version 3.1
@timi
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Uhm. Native fullscreen mode.

Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1407
Monkeyjunkey
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Can we please have back "Save as..."? Lion-versions is unusable.

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Version 3.1
F451 Member IconComment+393
F451
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Another heads-up for downloading and installing version 3.1. (I love WriteRoom so not an issue for me on the $5.) You will receive the following window message:

Upgrade to WriteRoom 3

The WriteRoom 3 upgrade is free if you ordered WriteRoom 2 after October 2010. If you have an older license, the upgrade is $5. Thanks for your support.

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Version 3.1
accountclosed Member IconComment+111
accountclosed
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With this latest release (3.1). I can't get themes to preserve font color setting. Theme does not appear to recognize the font color assignment in the theme itself, and if I change it manually, then attempt to save (overwrite) the theme, the color setting is immediately lost. Is this a problem with the release, or is there something I'm missing here. Appears to be a bug. Fingers are crossed that the developer will fix it quickly.

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Version 3.1
accountclosed
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A litte more research turned this up on HogBay's web site about this release:

"Theme Text Behavior: When using rich text, changing themes will not change the font or color properties of your text. If you are using a RTF, then themes will ignore font, font size, etc: Changing themes will not change these. For plain text, themes will change these based on theme preset."

Okay, now this is baffling—the open admission of a failing as though it were a feature. Are we to understand that this release actually TAKES AWAY the option to format text (color, etc.) in RTF, and for some reason relegates this control to plain text files only? If so, it would be a decisive reason NOT to upgrade, and IMO users should begin petitioning the developer to immediately correct whatever poor thinking spawned this new "feature."

F451 Member IconComment+393
F451
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BEFORE you download and replace your existing copy of WriteRoom may sure you understand that this is for LION ONLY. If you do not have a saved copy of Version 2.5.1 (the latest version for Snow Leopard) there is no way to presently download 2.5.1 from the developer's website.

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Version 3.0
Drewman21
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2.5.1 is located on his website under the support page here. http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom/releasenotes-mac

F451
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Drewman21, I stand corrected! Thanks for posting the link. I already had a version saved, but was noting it for others Also, when using Snow Leopard, the WriteRoom icon will be crossed-out signifying that it will not work on your system—if not Lion OS.

xati-ba Member IconReview+237
xati-ba
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It does what it says but is needlessly expensive. I feel like they are preying on gullible mac users, so I cannot give it a high score.

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Version 3.0
Filp
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I'm not sure what your complaint is. You knew what it cost, and you admit it does what it says. What did you expect? Hog Bay does NOT have a reputation for "preying on gullible mac users."

I also knew what it cost, and still appreciate it for doing what it says.

sjk
+3

Current price is $9.99 @ http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/store

xati-ba
+3

Wow, a lot of haters here!

Flip, I don't know how clearer I could have made my review : app in theory good, but too expensive for what it is! Are you an alternate account of the developer or something?

Anyway the price of $9.99 is perfectly reasonable, if I had seen it at the time I would have written a much more positive review. Thanks to Stoneman and sjk for pointing this out, I wish Macupdate staff woul update this page.

Filp
+3

I'm not an alternate account of anyone or anything. I'm a long-time Mac user who likes WriteRoom and thinks it's worth what I paid for it.

You're entitled to think it's overpriced, and I'm entitled to think you're wrong.

Bill9583 Member IconReview+0
Bill9583
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If you ever want to concentrate on your writing, the default environment is an ideal interface... but hitting the Escape key lets you experience it as a "regular" application within the desktop. It is quick to load, so its ready to go right away and very versatile.

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Version 2.5
user icon+84
Myka
Version 3.2.1
user icon+3
Craigin
Version 3.0.1
user icon+135
Walruscp
Version 2.5.1
user icon+0
Pmdf
Version 2.5
user icon+135
Walruscp
Version 2.5
user icon+0
YadaPoint
Version 2.3.7
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Downloads 25,994
Version Downloads 2,601
License Shareware
Date 08 Aug 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $24.95
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