WriteRoom
WriteRoom
3.2.1

3.5

WriteRoom free download for Mac

WriteRoom

08 August 2012

Fullscreen distraction-free writing environment.

Overview

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 in WriteRoom

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
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48 Reviews of WriteRoom

5
Gordon142
20 March 2009
Version: 2.3.7

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I love this app. Not only does it remove distractions, but the highly configurable full screen view allows you to find the perfect settings for comfortable hours staring at a screen. I do all my work in Writeroom now, moving it to Pages for final formatting. Excellent application.
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Dr-Sparks
13 May 2019
Version: 3.2.1
I enjoyed WriteRoom more than ten years ago and up to the present version, but had to stop using it when it was not updated since version 3.2.1 of 08 Aug 2012. Now it seems there may be a version 4 coming up?

https://support.hogbaysoftware.com/t/writeroom-4-update-i-dont-practice-distraction-free-development/4008
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5
amitch001
22 December 2017
Version: 3.2.1
Old WriteRoom for iOS is back with all bug fixes and new feature. App name is Writemator : http://support.hogbaysoftware.com/t/writeroom-for-ios-lives-on-as-writemator/3437
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Derekcurrie
14 November 2017
Version: 3.2.1
WriteRoom of iOS is D E A D as of iOS 11. It never went 64 bit. This fact kills any reason for me to use WriteRoom on Mac as I require something that works on both platforms. Sad. - - But I'm attempting to contact the developer anyway in case there's any chance of his updating it. Ideally, it needs to go 64 bit for both macOS and iOS. Otherwise, so long.
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Macspresso
08 August 2014
Version: 3.2.1
Bought Writeroom 3 a while ago because i was enthusiastic about Writeroom 2. It's advertised as a better product, but it's not. It frustrates to customise and distracts the user from it's workflow, which it should not do, obviously. So, eventually, i still use Writeroom 2, it just works better, cleaner, easier.
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5
Filp
18 October 2013
Version: 3.2.1
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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2.5
tzoi516
13 November 2012
Version: 3.2.1
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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1
seba-szwarc
29 May 2012
Version: 3.1
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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Monkeyjunkey
26 February 2012
Version: 3.1
Can we please have back "Save as..."? Lion-versions is unusable.
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F451
15 February 2012
Version: 3.1
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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F451
31 October 2011
Version: 3.0
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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3
xati-ba
31 October 2011
Version: 3.0
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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5
Bill9583
24 February 2011
Version: 2.5
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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5
Diarbyrag
23 February 2011
Version: 2.5
Thank you for this update, it now works perfectly. I love being able to switch off the rest of my desktop view using WriteRoom and to just see letters and words ( in my case in green and black ) it is almost Zen like and I can just concentrate on whatever I am writing. Thank you PS I like my iPhone app version too Please do not make this a crApp store only App
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4
Funjoy
23 February 2011
Version: 2.5
Does what it's supposed to do -- and for that I give it a high rating. But after using the app for a few days I came to realize that for me it wasn't working. I guess I prefer having more cues while writing, and I like being able to more easily slip into another app to research something. But if you want a complete lack of distractions, this is certainly a good app to consider!
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5
hced
24 January 2011
Version: 2.3.7
Clean and to the point.
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5
krislinus
16 November 2009
Version: 2.3.7
So simple, beautiful and inspiring. Concentrate on your writing only. No layout, just plain text in a full screen arrangement. Choose your own background and text colors to match your thoughts or create a non-distracting digital text pad.
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5
Daniel-Page
12 September 2009
Version: 2.3.7
Looking at screenshots and reading reviews does not do this program justice. I saw it about a year ago and thought "that's nice." Recently bought the iPhone app when it was on sale, and then decided to check out the desktop program. The first moment that I used it, I realized that this program is all about design, response, and interface. It's really a great tool.., I've been doing all of my writing on it now, and then just pasting the finished text into my formatting programs or website programs. Also, I love how it stays full screen when I command-tab to another program, rather than reverting to a small window like every other program with a full-screen mode does. This has to be the best implementation of full-screen I have ever seen. I gotta keep using it, though... I just realized that I am taking longer writing this review because I am not using the program...
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5
Gordon142
20 March 2009
Version: 2.3.7
I love this app. Not only does it remove distractions, but the highly configurable full screen view allows you to find the perfect settings for comfortable hours staring at a screen. I do all my work in Writeroom now, moving it to Pages for final formatting. Excellent application.
(5)
3
Dnem41
15 June 2008
Version: 2.3.7
I'm sure this is a great app, but why pay for this, when you can get jDarkRoom for free? jDarkRoom does everything this app does and doesn't charge for it!
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Dnem41
30 May 2008
Version: 2.3.7
this is a great app to have if you have ADD and the money to spare. ive never used this app, but im sure its a great one. jDarkRoom seems to provide all the features WriteRoom describes and is freeware. it also runs on Java.
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Limsilas
23 April 2008
Version: 2.3.7
you can download the free version of writeroom (1.0, unsupported) here: http://hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom/releases
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Dalahast
13 April 2008
Version: 2.3.7
Any chance of hosting the old free version like MU did with Textpander? I don't have $25 for this, I'm 13.
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Yuletide
07 April 2008
Version: 2.3.7
ditto the previous review. a pity too, it's a great idea and well implemented, but the price is just ludicrous! Someone needs to create a plugin or something to wrap this functionality into textmate... Especially since the "edit in writeroom" functionality is borrowed straight from TM!
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3
Kiddailey
29 October 2007
Version: 2.3.4
Very nice, and I appreciate what this provides for the writer, but $25 for essentially a simple text editor with a full screen mode is way too much. Half that and I'd probably be purchasing my own copy. For now, TextEdit.app will suffice for me.
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Jan-rybar
17 August 2007
Version: 2.2
Writeroom is fine, but quite expensive. If you buy Mellel, full-Word-like text editor, you will pay 49 $ and you will get the same "full screen mode" (alt, command, S will activate it) without any icon or menu and a lot of functions hidden behind it...
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5
8oo8
24 July 2007
Version: 2.2
WriteRoom is beautiful.....and I love it! I write a lot and WriteRoom DEFINITELY helps immensely in potentiating my creative flow. Those that have trashed WriteRoom have their heads stuck way up their rectums....they wouldn't recognize a true gem if bit them on the ass. And WriteRoom is just that, a beautiful gem for creative folks. It's not intended to be a feature-rich text editor or full fledged word processor.....it's intended to be "a distraction-free writing environment".....nothing more, and it works just beautifully at doing that.
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5
hced
24 July 2007
Version: 2.2
Very inspiring application. And it's carried out in a nice and simple, minimalistic way. WriteRoom, to me, has a very geeky appeal. Feels like being on top of what you're doing, and it makes you realize how smart you really are. Something that's often times remained unthought of, is the user experience; do people actually get anything produced (in this case written) with the apps they're using? And if so, is that because they were never distracted by cluttery, feature-packed user interfaces? Sure there are other apps that might succeed in the same regard that WriteRoom does, but there is none that resembles the looks and strictly minimal concept of this fine application. Also, I'd like to regard WriteRoom as being a writer's 'tool', rather than a full-blown word processor. It is reachable from pretty much anywhere, and jumps in as a refreshing aid in times when you need that extra focus to concentrate.
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1
Howiec
20 July 2007
Version: 2.1
You can accomplish the same result by expanding a window in TextEdit to take over the entire screen. Additionally, the preferences are confusing, and it'd be nicer if you could have a glossy look, because the display looks awful with flat colors.
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4
Paladino
11 April 2007
Version: 2.1
I use this for one purpose only, to help create a writing environment that maximizes my creativity. I set the screen background to a color that suits me best...a dark blue, the page color a lighter blue but still rather dark, and the font color a pale blue...along with the font style and size that I like. This particular combination works for me. I then keep my room lighting at a very low level. All together it DOES facilitate the flow of my creative juices. The user can play around with color combos 'till he/she finds the one that feels right for him/her. After I've got my writing down, I export it to my word processing app. I really like Write Room, it works for me for the purpose for which it was intended. I purchased a license when it was at the MacUpdate daily special price of $15, which I think is about right for this app. At the regular price of $25, I think it's rather overpriced.
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Slade95816
05 January 2007
Version: 2.0.1
Generally, a great app, but still has a few bugs to iron out: * when typing in full screen mode, typing a comma followed by a space (", ") yield two commas and a space. Similarly, a space between words yields two spaces between words. * Some fonts on the Text Editing prefs menu don't immediately show, nor do they work at all once chosen. * Some keyboard commands don't work as written: Apple + Return does NOT quit out of full screen mode, nor does "Esc" toggle Full Screen mode on/off. Once these kinds of bugs are ironed out, I'll gladly pay $25 for this app!
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4
Kinbote
04 January 2007
Version: 2.0
The negative reviews below completely miss the main point of this program: Install the "Edit in WriteRoom" plugin (via the preferences), and you can invoke WR's full-screen mode from almost every Cocoa application on your Mac - your text editor, your email program, your browser. If you use Safari, you can type your Macupdate comments in full-screen mode. Just set WR to open documents in full-screen mode, and you can invoke it from any text field in any Cocoa program with a shortcut or the "Edit in WR" menu command. Save your changes, close WR, and the text will appear in the text field or web form you were editing. Yes, there are other, more sophisticated text editors with full-screen mode, but WR automatically adds this feature to _all_ programs with standard Cocoa text input fields. This is a very clever idea. Perhaps the developer should have mentioned the "Edit in WR" feature in his product description, because this is the main selling point of WR, at least in my opinion.
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Lord-Lightning
04 January 2007
Version: 2.0
Can't see the point of this when Scrivener does all this and provides the best, bar none, writing application there is. Scrivener will cost about $35 when it is release soon (very soon) in fully licensed version 1. The beta v5 is free (time limited, as is Scrivener Gold (forever) http://www.literatureandlatte.com/ or http://www.literatureandlatte.com/dlbeta/ScrivenerRCb5.dmg
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Ironman
04 January 2007
Version: 2.0
Is it really needed to go in fullscreen mode at each launch, while in the same time launching Safari ? I think not
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IslandApe
03 January 2007
Version: 2.0
24.95? Are you guys nuts? Not a bad program, but why not shell out a few more bucks for Ulysses or one of the other fuller writing programs. For a dedicated full screen program, it lacks the features needed to justify the price: It doesn't let you save sets of layouts, nor are all of its customization features allowed to be adjusted in real time. Blech, not a smooth experience at all. Get a fuller program and save thirty bucks, sorry guys.
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5
Thinc
18 December 2006
Version: 2.0b2
Jesse Grosjean's WriteRoom is a first class app that doesn't do much - except totally transform the writing and note-taking experience. I was skeptical at first. I mean what's the big deal about writing in a full screen environment that looks like DOS? (Don't worry, you can change it to look like anything you want.) But within a few minutes of playing with it I was hooked. Writing was simple, productive, and yes actually FUN again. But conventional writing and note taking are just the beginning. WR also has a game-changing feature called Edit in WriteRoom). With it, an EIWR menu item appears in all cocoa apps. Select EIWR, edit in WriteRoom's wonderful environment, then hit save and your text appears, as if by magic, back in your original document. Addictively sweet! I use WR in conjunction with Mori (also by Hog Bay Software's Grosjean) and Jer's Novel Writer (a weirdly named but wonderful writing app by Jerry Segar a writer who'd had enough of Word and its kin) for my major writing projects, and I've never been more productive. If you're a writer who's fed up with apps that get in the way of your work rather than actually help you work, all three of these are worth a try (both developers are also very responsive to user feedback).
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John-F-
04 December 2006
Version: 2.0b
WriteRoom is evolving. Evolving into something which isn't true to the original idea and philosophy. Version 2 is a totally different beast from version 1. The developers have reassured everyone that version 1 is here to stay for those who like it, and version 2 is simply something more advanced and different. Talk about confusing! I am sad, though, that the developer Jesse couldn't just decide to bring WriteRoom to the market and stick with his original vision of what it is - and very slowly and carefully polish it. This is what made the original WriteRoom unique (something I have written before on the Hog Bay forum): It is an app that doesn't concern itself with loose scattered documents on your HD, or even with the idea of documents. Its metaphor is more powerful: It is not about docs, it is about pieces of text you are working on and nothing else. It's about focus. The app presents you windows where you can write your text, in the window or full screen, and you don't have to think about anything else because what you see is what you get. I believe moving away from the documents metaphor is a great idea for writers that need focus: I open the app, create a new window, and when I close and reopen the app, the same windows return! I don't have to save the documents to a specific place on the hard drive at all, and I don't have to name them. It's what I would expect, but no other app except for WriteRoom 1 does! This is where computing should be: Moving away from complexity (a complex thinking in metaphors and managing things) to a place of transparency. WriteRoom is very pure in its idea and execution. Until version 2 came along. Version 2 will find it's audience. And I am not saying that it isn't useful for many people. Far from it. It's just that it's a bit confusing to have a higher version number available, while version 1 is still being actively supported. To me, it feels like the switch from Hog Bay Notebook version 2 to version 3 all over again - but with a little twist.
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Jesse-Grosjean
04 December 2006
Version: 2.0b
Why's it so bad that it's become shareware? And yes 1.0 will still be availible for free. Basically shareware means that I (the developer) care more about the app and will be much more likely to continue working it in the future. To me the price seems very fair after all the time that I've put into it, especially if you really do find it useful. If you think I can somehow handle the transition to shareware better let me know, but I do need to make money somehow. I'm trying to make a living at this.
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Crypt
04 December 2006
Version: 2.0b
Awww man, what a bummer that it's shareware now. One of the few apps I always use and has gotten me through countless college papers. Well, I guess I'll just hold onto 1.0.
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4.5
Inik
14 August 2006
Version: 1.0
I love it! If you need to JUST WRITE, this is the tool. Bash out your thoughts, then dump 'em into your word processor/layout program and deal with formatting. Excellent for the "Writing Down the Bones" crowd.
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4.25
Lillionscage
13 July 2006
Version: 1.0
It's so slim, fast start-up.
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5
Aname
13 July 2006
Version: 1.0
I love this app. I'm a dyslectic and it really serves its purpose of being distraction free. Innovative and brilliant.
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4.5
Thevalrus
12 July 2006
Version: 1.0b3
Awesome app, great for getting some actual writing done. But I think it turned all my white text a very light shade of pink. I have no idea what the deal is with that.
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Macsmiley-jr
11 July 2006
Version: 1.0b3
I like this little app. I just used it to write a Flickrmail. I like its nostalgic look: black background with green text. I love that.
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4
Gazman
10 July 2006
Version: 1.0b3
This app is indeed getting there however, it needs a couple of things: 1) rtf support for bold, italics, etc. 2) better integration with Hog Bay's notetaking app Mori. On the plus side the developer has an excellent attitude towards the development of his software - check out his online forums.
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5
Phillryu
05 July 2006
Version: 1.0b2
This is an awesome app! Without distractions, I was able to pump out a few blog posts in about half the time it normally takes. Great job, and keep it up, love it!
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2.5
Lorem-Ipsum
30 June 2006
Version: 1.0b2
i had several issues with getting it to work. when you zoom, it just disappears...no text, nothing...then displays a text window, the dock disappears...and creates two instances of the same text document. i'm confused. checked the preferences and everything seems fine. also, when you adjust the page width and height, the slider values dont update. definitely still in beta. good idea; will check back when a new version comes out.
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Mrsin
10 June 2006
Version: 1.0b
I like "WriteRoom!" I just downloaded, installed and launched it. The first 'test' for me, was to see how quickly and easily I could get it from the initial 'Full' screen mode back to where I have access to my other notebook controls, applications and what not - a simple press of the escape, "esc," key did the trick :)! It also incorporates 'as you type spell checking' - sweet :)! The fact that it's "free" doesn't hurt either :)! As far as the "need to paste the text into a different app to output (e-mail, word processor, text editor, whatever" goes, I routinely use 'text editors' to compose messages for various reasons - message boards, email, etc., then "copy and paste" to get the completed message where I need to in order to post or send it. So this is not an issue with me. I did notice when trying to underline a single word, it underlined 'everything,' ditto when I tried to italicize a single word :). So, it still needs a 'little' work, but I plan on making use of it as is right now! By the way, I used "WriteRoom 1.0 beta (5) to compose this comment. I hope my couple of cents proves useful to someone out there. Oh, if you prefer colors other than the default green on black - which takes me down memory lane and my "MS/PC DOS" days :), you can change it in the preferences.
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Teekay
09 June 2006
Version: 1.0b
This is an interesting concept: many users of Nisus Writer Express or Mellel have requested full-screen editing, but NWE's implementation sucks (it aligns the left margin of your document with the left side of your screen, which on a widescreen display leads to extremely wide text areas that are difficult to work with) and Mellel doesn't have it at all. WriteRoom does *only* one thing: it nicely displays text for full-screen editing, and you'll need to paste that text into a different app to output (e-mail, word processor, text editor, whatever). You could get something similar with DevonTHINK but that costs $$$.
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$24.95

3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

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