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FountainPen is a simple and clean writing environment specifically designed for distraction-free composition. Featuring autosaved compositions, FountainPen also includes integrated support for the Markdown system of plain-text formatting. It can also put up a backdrop-a sort of second desktop picture-over visual clutter to aid focus.

What's New

Version 1.0:
  • Complete re-write
  • Better stability
  • More flexibility
  • Refined user interface


  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Filp Member IconReview+23

One of those programs -- seem to be many such in the text-editing category -- which you'll like immediately, or wonder what the fuss is about. Me, I liked it immediately, and am liking it more each time I fire it up. Very comfortable.

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Version 1.0
Yavari Member IconComment+45

This was a great app for a while, but when the 1.0 release came out, I lost all my previous Central Compositions, and they're nowhere to be found on my computer! I can no longer recommend this program.

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Version 1.0
Yavari Member IconReview+45

This is an amazing app! I was looking for a high-quality text editor to write notes and quick essays and blog entries on, and this fits the bill. It's easily one of the best-designed and most elegant open-source apps I've ever used.

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Version 0.7.3
Cattus-Thraex Member IconReview+154

Absolutely delighting. I do not know whether I shall write my next novel using it, but delighting.

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Version 0.7.3
Gmax Member IconReview+70

It's good to see a free application for clutter-free writing, a really good alternative to the paid-crapware on the Mac App Store.

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Version 0.7

So let's support free software!

Musubana Member IconReview+38

Very good writing tool; I’ve been looking for something like this.
I write a lot of texts in Scrivener, but sometimes inspiration strikes me all of a sudden, and firing up Scrivener is a bit too much.

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Version 0.6
Hamdi Member IconReview+34

Very nice. Loved and using it a lot. The developer deserves a big thank you.

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Version 0.6
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281

Fountain Pen has a “less is more” philosophy; the only things you’ll see on your screen will be a “Get Info” icon, “Goal” or timer for writing sessions, “Dictionary” (as used in OSX), and “Output” - to format of your text.

FP is clearly designed to provide a “writing environment,” a stripped down approach to text that even makes comparatively simple applications like TextEdit seem elaborate. But hidden features can be found in the pull-down menus: you’ll find spelling, grammar, and verbalizations of the text. If you’re looking for a full-featured word processor, you may want to look elsewhere. FP is designed clear things of distractions.

It’s fast, easy to use, and - best of all - free, and well worthy of a download.

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Version 0.6
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 4,788
Version Downloads 1,302
License Free
Date 04 Aug 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free