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Ommwriter is a simple text editor for writers.

A wise man once said "We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch." With multiple windows and applications all vying for our attention, we have sadly adapted our working habits to that of the computer and not the other way around.

Ommwriter is a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate.

Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, vindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more...

What's New

Version 1.30:
  • Replaced original audio with a new full set of music and sounds.
  • Fixed bug in automatic backup system.
  • Search and inline dictionary are working again.
  • Save and open panels fade in animation are visible again.
  • Fixed splash screen typo.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Jeffs Member IconReview+4
Jeffs
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This simple app keeps me writing, makes me *want* to journal, and in the meditative journaling, my life is noticeably better. Really. Simply taking time daily to write, to reflect, to appreciate does improve my life.

This app makes me WANT to write... and I've been at it now for a month when, for years previously, I *intended* to write but never found the time.

LOVE the included music. Some users are dismayed that the old music is no longer available with Ommwriter. I thought the same at first and purchased the old music online to play while using Ommwriter. Nope. After just one night, the old music, while nice, seemed to synthesized. Instead, the included peaceful environmental music is perfect. The only drawback is that this app is so conducive to putting me into a good writing place that I end up writing longer than intended. I also really miss the Ommwriting process if I miss a day or two.

For the price of a coffee or two, you can't buy a better program for simple journaling - pure journaling. You can't go wrong if you have been wanting to journal but just couldn't do it.

I now look forward to writing and the act of writing has made my life better. Simple, silly perhaps, and true.

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Version 1.30
Jeffs
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'Too', not 'to'. Yes, I 'no' the difference, but I do not type well. :)

Unicorn Member IconReview+25
Unicorn
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Ommwriter opens new potential to writing with fewer distractions and increased concentration. The UI is very clean and easy to use. Depending on who you are, these functions may be enough for you. However, there is room for improvement, and this app alone might not be enough as it is now.

The first thing that should be improved is a refined UI. The sidebar should be put somewhere above that doesn't limit or distract writing. Currently, it is on the right, and there is no option of resizing it past its 4-inch margins. Another part of the UI that should change is the line grid that appears just for scrolling. With it disappearing and reappearing, it becomes odd.

An extra feature that should be added is mini tabs. This will help work with projects for school and such. By having this environment with extra spaces (to replace actual desktop spaces) I won't have to go left or right to read what I need to do.

With just those two changes, this app would be perfect. However, there are more optional changes if you'd like to gain a wider number of users.

Theme sets.
Different fonts, sound sets, colored text, etc. For example, the current version would be one theme. Each theme would have different backgrounds and stuff. I would highly recommend integrating this with the music and such, perhaps a changing theme as well. (it helps me not daydream XD)

I think that the 3 most powerful things of this app are:
fullscreen with a light background
meditative music and sounds
well-balanced colors.

The things that are most lacking are:
A distraction-free UI.
More backgrounds, music and sounds.
Colorful fonts and spellcheck.

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Version 1.30
Unicorn Member IconComment+25
Unicorn
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Could there be some more positive backgrounds added, like flowers? I'm kinda wondering about the amount of resources it uses too. I mean, it doesn't feel very friendly :/ it's like I can't breathe.
This app is a really neat idea, not sure if I can recommend it tho

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Version 1.30
Woodjoe Member IconReview+40
Woodjoe
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5 stars because it is just awesome. I wrote a lot since I bought the program, most of the time in very noisy areas (train station, train). I just plug my earphones in and I am in another world.
Twice I forgot to leave the train to university at the right station, because I was so into writing.

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Version 1.30
MacGrobo Member IconReview+15
MacGrobo
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when i bought my first mac in 2010 (a 27' i7 iMac) Ommwriter was the app which confirmed all what i've been experiencing on the mac side, the striking attention to detail which i love in Apple's design philosophy, simplicity with zen-like elegance. or elegance with zen-like simplicity. whatever. Ommwriter, my first love (among apps), i'll never forget ya! :) kudos to the developer!!!

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Version 1.30
Ericg Member IconComment+137
Ericg
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As someone who purchased this app when it was fairly new, I am perplexed by how it can be updated. There is no option to update the app from within Ommwriter and communication with the developer is, at best, spotty. So for those considering buying Ommwriter, be warned that free updates may not be possible.

Personally, I found the sounds and ambient melodies only briefly interesting. If I want to listen to something when I write, and I write a lot, I prefer choosing my own music. But I can see the appeal of Ommwriter. I think for it to be a serious contender in the crowded "distraction-free" writing environment, it needs to have mark-down incorporated within the app with an option for html copy. The version of Ommwriter I own, Dana II, lacks that feature.

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Version 1.30
Hobojoe
+1

You're absolutely correct in that there's no easy way to download updates. I had to go back to my emails and find the original download link from when I first bought it. The good news is that the original link does yield the latest version.

Ericg
+1

Thanks!!! It worked. Not exactlly intuitive. I'm liking the new sounds.

bbw7 Member IconReview+313
bbw7
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I'm giving it a particularly high rating to balance out a 0.5 rating that seems to be grousing because of the purported lack of support.

It works as advertised, providing a distraction-free and mellow writing environment. I guess one can call it pretentious or even hoaky, but it does provide a nice writing experience -- as other reviewers have attested to. The MU download appears to be the free trial version (Dana I) that the developer's site discusses; this has about 40% of the features/bells and whistles of the pay-for version (Dana II).

I think there are a few text editors that give similar distraction-free environments, there are also a few that provide typing sound effects, and certainly one can provide one's self ambient music, but this is a very convenient/non-hassle all-in-one package to do the same.

I would think that for the extended/pay-for version of this application, it would be nice to be able to load one's own choice of backgrounds, music and typing sound effects. Think it would get a lot more buyers that way.

I do heartily recommend to anyone remotely curious about it to try out the MU download version just to see if you like it. Basically there's no learning curve: all the options/features are unassumingly provided to the right of the text box, and there aren't a lot of them. See if it floats your boat.

Also, I like the fact that the developer's webpage provides a choice of background colors for the site. The developer definitely has a graphic designer's sensibility, which manifests itself in the app.

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Version 1.30
Phaleron
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Giving a high rating to offset someone else’s “low” rating is not an objective evaluation.

bbw7
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@phaleron,

Giving a high rating to offset an egregiously low one is meant to even things out. This app does not deserve a 0.5 star -- even if the support is not all that alacritous or forthcoming. The app works as advertised and is stable, and as such provides a fairly unique combination of features with extreme simplicity.

My rating otherwise would likely have been a 4, so I am not doing any extreme rating inflation. And for the record, I don't know the developer from Adam -- or Eve.

Why don't you provide a kevetching reply to the person who gave this a very unreasonably low rating and made a false/unfounded claim about it being abandonware? No way is a 0.5 star rating for this app an objective evaluation.

Phaleron
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That person gave his rating based on his own experience; your rating was based on your experience + another person's rating.

That's why it is not objective.

jdoe506 Member IconReview+34
jdoe506
+1

Can't believe that the developer just abandoned this app. There are issues with this and its iPad version, and the developer either tells users to utilize a workaround, or takes way too long to update it.

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Version 1.01
Myka
+2

I don't think "abandoned" is the appropriate term regarding Ommwriter. Today I received an email from the developer to download a new version, 1.11. I love this app on my Mac, it's an amazing writing environment (I don't know about the iPad version, though, since I don't own an iPad).

Chester W Member IconReview+6
Chester W
+1

Very elegant text editor.
But really hope it could support dropbox sync and blog export.
It's been a year since the last update.

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Version 1.01
Vinkri Member IconReview+102
Vinkri
+1

Well, this tool does what it says...
Nothing really new, here... But Ommwriter is a bit "pretentious", too "glossy" for me.

I prefer Bean's full screen feature. I can choose my colors and I'm not limited to various Fengshui background colors.
The keyboard sounds are great, though. Strangely, they really help me concentrate.

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Version 1.01
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CPa
Version 1.30
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Port-Royal
Version 1.30
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Screentom
Version 1.01
user icon+84
Myka
Version 1.01
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Roger-MP
Version 1.01
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rosswinn
Version 1.01
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Downloads 17,947
Version Downloads 11,376
License Shareware
Date 01 Jan 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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