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FocusWrite allows you to FOCUS on your words and only your words.No windows, pages, header, graphics, etc. to distract you.Show word count, document name and menu bar only if needed.Set up the colors that please your eyes... and WRITE.


  • Don't worry: autosave is there in case of crash or power outage.
  • Speed! FocusWrite launches instantly, and remains responsive even while editing long documents.
  • Save your documents in .rtf, .doc, .docx or .odt format, so that you can share them and open them with nearly any word processor or page layout software.
  • Words and characters count.
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What's New

Version 1.0.6:
  • Document name is now properly printed in header when specified.
  • Fixed a typo in French localization.


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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bbw7 Member IconComment+313

With a little googling around, one can still find available downloads of version 1.0.6. And although the developer's site is dead, he/she seems to be giving permission and instructions for re-initializing the trial version status of the app.

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Version 1.0.6

Additionally, WriteRoom and Ommwriter are great alternatives that are still being actively developed.

accountclosed Member IconReview+111

A lean, minimalist alternative to WriteRoom at a far better price, and its only real competition. Problems: Developer responds to suggestions for improvement with the explanation that he wrote this primarily for his own use, I suppose the logic being that requests for features he himself wouldn't use are not really worth considering, and one gets the sense that the app won't be developed further. For example, I alerted him that, upon loading a file, FocusWrite momentarily "loses" the desktop curtain, which has the effect of "flashing" the desktop for a fraction of a second before the file loads. Not a big deal, but a distraction, and not a problem one finds in WriteRoom. I also suggested that the app's prefs include a way to load the last file worked on upon relaunch. Developer dismissed both ideas out of hand, the first with the comment "this is not a bug, but just how FocusWrite works," the second on the grounds that it isn't a feature he would use himself. I have no problem with a developer who writes a program for his own use putting it out there for others who may want to use it as is, but this is $9.95 shareware, and it seems inconsistent to sell the app without any real receptivity either to feature requests or ongoing development and improvement. For this reason, I'm giving the app only three stars. With a little more enthusiasm and commitment from the developer, this easily could be a five-star app, and IMO, with even just a few more of the sort of features included in WriteRoom (including better masking of the desktop and the option to reload the file that was open when the app was closed last), this would be a five-star app that would pull ahead of WriteRoom as the full-screen text editor of choice.

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Version 1.0.6
Focuswrite.net (Developer)

Everything you write is right.

I wrote FocusWrite for my own usage, and it's only near the end of the development that I figured out that it was good enough to be sold. I'm a would-be writer, not a programmer, and I don't want to devote a lot of time to FocusWrite. Programming makes me sad, because doing it, I know I would be better reading or writing...

Of course I could have made it freeware, but I had such a hard time learning Objective-C and coding it, that I feel I deserve the 35 sells I've had so far.

Please, take FocusWrite as it is : it's fast, stable, and cheap. Try it, and buy it only if it suits your needs right now. If you feel FocusWrite isn't worth the price, just trash the preference file to reset the trial period…

Thank you for this fair review.


A sweet and honest reply from the developer, which I appreciate, and as a writer who can get diverted by techno-detours, I can relate. I went ahead and purchased FocusWrite anyway. Maybe sometime in the future, the developer will surprise us with a few improvements or additions, though I hope without too much sadness. :) Best of luck with your writing, Franck.

Gazman Member IconComment+189

I've tried downloading this twice and each time I try to open it I get this message from OSX "You can't open the application FocusWrite because it is not supported on this type of Mac".

I'm running 10.6.4 on an iMac Core Duo @ 2GHz.

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Version 1.0.3

After I wrote the above I realised it's because it's 64 bit only. Why 64 bit only?

Franck Guadagnini (Developer)

I've stupidly assumed that all Macs able to run Snow Leopard were 64 bits, so I only released a 64 bits version of FocusWrite. I recompile it for 32 bits compatibility and post an update as fast as possible.

I'm deeply sorry for this inconvenient.

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Downloads 986
Version Downloads 554
License Shareware
Date 21 Dec 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.95