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myWritings is the word processor for the rest of us, and all those missing WriteNow.

Everybody knows Word and everybody 'knows' what a word processor should do. But nobody really needs Word all the time or its cluttered interface and of course not its speed. And everybody has unique demands and needs. But we all share some commonalities.

We all just want to do our work - we don't want to read hundreds of pages of a manual first to realize, that it still does not work. We don't want dozens of buttons and labels and sub-buttons and panels and sub-panels. We don't need a speaking paperclip or ugly icons.

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What's New

Version 2.1.2:

Note: While version 2.1.2 is strictly for OS X 10.7 Lion, version 2.0.8 for Mac OS X 10.6.6 is available in the same download.

  • bug fixes

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Espiridion Member IconComment+1147
Espiridion
+1

Please note that these comments are for version 1.3.3, which runs on OS X 10.5
I have no interest in upgrading to 10.6 or 10.7, so the lack of development compatible with an older OS is a minus. In contrast, Word, Scrivener, Mellel, Nisus Writer, and others, work fine in OS X 10.5.x and, except for Word, all are still offering PPC compatibility.

There’s no button to Save or Cancel Preferences. These are saved by closing the Window.

Working with Tables via a Contextual Menu is clumsy. There’s no Tables menu. There is a sort of Table “inspector” but it is not very refined. There is Table under the Format Menu. If you choose it when no table is selected, it will create a new table. Quite different form other applications which include a Table menu item and commands such as “New Table,” "Insert Table" or “Draw Table”

Opening Word documents results in missing information (e.g., formats, headers, footers, graphics, margins).

The statement from a previous review that “anyone can use this in place of Word” is a bit naïve. As the developer mentions in the Help, “myWritings is not designed and written to replace Word.” This becomes evident when dealing with certain tasks. For example, I found no way to include drop-down lists within a document, or merge data from other sources for letters, labels, or envelopes.

I know it’s popular among Mac users to bash Microsoft. Although I’ve used Macs 95% of the time for over a decade, I actually like Microsoft and use Office regularly. In this case, the developer pretty much says that Word suffers from a cluttered interface and speed issues (among other things). I don’t find Word’s interface cluttered, and interestingly while doing a test of speed myWritings performed very poorly against Word.

I tried to open a 3.1 MB TXT document in myWritings. After 4 minutes of the spinning beach ball I had to Force Quit the application. Word opened it in under 10 seconds.
I gave myWritings another shot, and this time I only waited a minute before doing a Force Quit.
I then tried it with a DOC file saved before with myWritings. It went from 1 MB originally to close to 900 KB after saving, probably due to lost formatting, headers, footers, etc. I was unable to check since after selecting to view the header I only got the spinning beach ball again!
Word opened the file in 9 seconds, and myWritings took 13 seconds. After relaunching the app, using Open Recent it took 11 seconds. In Word this took 7 seconds.
I decided to find and replace some random text. There were 187 instances of the text. Word took about 2 seconds while myWritings took about 6 seconds.

I won’t rate it since MacUpdate does not allow to choose which version is being rated, and my comments are for 1.3.3 and not 2.1. Maybe 2.1 is better.

Does this offer any advantage over the above mentioned alternatives? Perhaps price, but Bean is free.
I prefer Word, Mellel, or Nisus Writer by far. Based on this brief test and the speed, (in)stability, and (lack of) features, I would give this 2½ stars at best. Again, perhaps the new version is better.

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Version 2.1
Raddle
+3

Thoughtful points, but isn't this kind of an odd review to post at this point? You refuse to go through the last three or four years of OS updates, and you're making comments about a very out-dated version of this software. How does that help someone who *has* updated recently? I like Word too, and use it all day, every day - but for me post a review today on how Word 6 worked on Tiger would just be strange.

Nick Collingridge Member IconReview+142
Nick Collingridge
+1

Very impressed by this app - so much functionality in such a small straightforward UI. I particularly like the fact that you can set the default file format to be .doc, which means that anyone can use this in place of Word. One issue, however, is that the app does not seem to load Word's .doc files accurately where headers and footers are concerned - they appear at the end of the text. Any chance of fixing this?

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Version 2.0.5
Apfelz
+0

I wish I could answer that with yes - but (I know, there is always a but) - the underlaying code for 'converting' the different file formats is provided by Apple and I guess neither Apple and of course not MS are interested in that :-(

I am searching for alternative solution - but that's nothing that can be done 'on the fly'

Miner
+0

Is there a solution to be found in using OpenOffice converters? Nisus does that in the latest updates and the results are great.
The Nisus app itself is very 'heavy' though.... so I prefer MyWritings!

MOApp Software Manufactory (Developer)
+0

I will look into this - but I am surprised - open source code in a closed source and commercial application?

Zx81 Member IconComment+324
Zx81
+2

"Mac OS 10.6.6 or later"
Ouch! I do not want to upgrade to the App store OS!
A pity, this is a great app.

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Version 2.0.1
Tipp-Flo
+3

"Mac OS 10.6.6 or later" has nothing to do with the App Store. As you can see, you still can download it here or from the developer's site and try it out.

Zx81
+2

I called 10.6.6 the "the App store OS" because (unless I'm wrong) you have no choice but to download the App store app within the OS. And -for me- this is a bit too much.

Gryffin
+3

Um... So what? Take it out of the Dock, if you don't want to look at it. Heck, delete the App Store app if you want. Apple isn't holding a gun to your head and forcing you to use it, fer cryin' out loud.

Of course, by bypassing two OS updates, you're also choosing to leave open several known security vulnerabilities that were patched by 10.6.6 and 10.6.7; not very smart, IMHO.

Zx81
+1

"Humble" opinion?

Zx81
+1

If you want to read the developer's opinion about this :
http://moapp.tumblr.com/post/2638420967/thoughts-on-the-mac-app-store

Zx81
+1

And -I had forgotten- my comment was not about 10.6, but about te App store system itself.

Nick Collingridge
+2

As Gryffin says - why the hysteria? If you don't like the App Store, don't use it, delete it, whatever, but don't let yourself get it all out of proportion. You're just being very silly - move on, grow up and stop working yourself up about something so unimportant. And particularly, don't use it in such a petty way against this excellent application.

Nmege Member IconReview+23
Nmege
+1

This is a very tempting and sylish app. As a French professional writer and literary translator, i would definitely pay for MyWritings, adopt it for my daily needs and become and ardent supporter of it with my colleagues, if it was fully compatible with Spark's keyboard shortcuts (see below), Antidote's editing and dictionary functions and had several additional features. The following is a bit long as i tried to put things in context.

Preliminary explanations for what i lack with the current version of Mywritings:
- As a professional Mac user, i do most things via the keyboard, to save time and my carpal tunnel, so i use Spark to create kb shortcuts.
- In my job, I very often have to edit texts, and look for words/synonyms, which i do via the correction and editing software Antidote.

I found my Spark shortcut for « launch Antidote, paste word from scrapbook (in Antidote’s dictionary seach field) and hit enter (to make Antidote look for the word) » doesn’t work within MyWritings.
Also, contrary to what happens with most other apps, in Mywritings, the Services Menu for Antidote is only available through a mouse click => keyboard-shortcut-unscriptable via Spark, which kills this alternative solution for Antidote word lookup via a Spark shortcut.)

=> The features requests:

1. Ccompatibility with Spark so as to perform complex « text » shortcuts. Mywritings currently allows only simple Spark « application » shortcuts to Antidote, to launch the app for instance, but not complex time-saving « text shortcuts ». [NB : Complex Spark « text shortcuts » do work from MyWritings to at least Camino (i just tested one i have for a word lookup).]

2. Direct Integration with Antidote’s « Dictionnaire » function, which would allow to go back and forth between the two apps to look for a definition or synonym and then use the « replace text » function from Antidote to MyWritings. Such Integration is fairly simple to obtain from the folks at Druide, i guess, as many word processing apps (Open Office, for instance) are integrated that way).

3. Ideally, same as 2 for the « Correcteur » function of Antidote (which would make both software fully compatible). This function allows a very wide and efficient editing of texts in French (spelling, repetitions, style, grammar corrections and even deeper meaning stats and functions) and i guess that also implies being able to change text back and forth between the two apps.

4. Realtime spelling corrections in French (as in OpenOffice for instance - may be there is some code / dictionary list to borrow there?)

5. (optional for me as i am bilingual but would be necessary for a significant number of colleagues) : French localization.

NB: Sent a message today via the app's "provide feeback" function to the app's creator with roughly the same remarks. Will let you know what he says (he is very fast in answering, from what i gathered from a previous exchange with him - to me, the presence of a "provide feedback" function is in itself a very good sign).

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Version 1.3.1
Dremwkr Member IconComment+107
Dremwkr
+2

Note to Developer:
Thank you for continuing to develop and polish myWritings!
My wish list for myWritings:
*Under info button, for text frequency: have the option of word count per 1000 words.
*Add a dictionary button to the toolbar.
*Add an underline color button to the toolbar.
*Add insert line or column to table commands
*Use a brighter electric blue for the app icon (More colorful!)
*Lastly, for your default set of icons for the toolbar, include a customize button on the end.

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Version 1.2.3
Miner Member IconComment+181
Miner
+1

v1.2 is out!

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Version 1.1.9
Lucky13 Member IconReview+8
Lucky13
+0

So far, so good. I'm still in trial mode, checking out the stability and compatibility.

As others have mentioned, myWritings has a clean and intuitive interface. It's not over-loaded with features for which I have no need. At the same time, the app moves beyond the limitations of TextEdit. It strikes a happy medium.

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Version 1.1.7
Dremwkr Member IconReview+107
Dremwkr
+2

A great app, it just works, developer is to be commended for willing to take a fresh clean approach to Word Processing. I like the customizable toolbar, I can set it up with just what I need. I am sorry I missed that feature before. My suggestion is that "Dictionary" be added to the tools available.

The developer is also to be commended for continuing to improve and polish an already excellent app, I get the feeling he has great passion for making great apps for the mac, and this app shows it.

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Version 1.1.7
Dremwkr Member IconComment+107
Dremwkr
+2

A note to the developer: The app really needs a customizable tool bar so I could add what I needed (text Color, underline color, dictionary, table) and delete what I don't need. Bean does this but I think you can do it better. I have learning disablities so having icons for these things helps me use the app by not having to try to remember where stuff is buried in the menus.

The underlaying app is so good, its a shame, its missing this to make it a 5 star app.

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Version 1.1.5
MOApp Software Manufactory (Developer)
+3

????

Of course you can customize the Toolbar - like in any other app too…

Lux Member IconReview+44
Lux
+4

I used Schreiben and have just switched to myWritings which I am very happy with. More intuitive, better looking, faster, sleeker - does exactly what is required - easy to use and stable - a lightweight wordprocessor for my lightweight wordprocessing. I really do hope the developer continues to support PPC. Thanks!

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Version 1.1
MOApp Software Manufactory (Developer)
+2

Thanks :-)

To be honest, don't count on it.
The app could be much faster when I don't have to deal with old PowerBooks and old graphics cards…

Miner
+3

I understand. But please keep the last PPC-supporting version available for us old Pismo and Cube lovers!

MOApp Software Manufactory (Developer)
+3

Everyone with a Cube should run OS 9 and WriteNow! :-))

Miner
+2

Absolutely (or rather MacWrite Pro in my case), but the OS X partition also needs its share of wordprocessing elegance!

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haoamz
Version 2.1.2
user icon+23
PaperCutPro
Version 2.0.1
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Downloads 16,327
Version Downloads 9,007
License Shareware
Date 23 Nov 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $14.95
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