WriteRoom
WriteRoom 3.2.1
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Fullscreen distraction-free writing environment.   Shareware ($24.95)
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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
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
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor



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WriteRoom User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Filp reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.2.1]


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tzoi516 reviewed on 13 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 3.2.1]


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accountclosed reviewed on 08 Aug 2012
Have been a longtime WriteRoom user, and exchanged many emails with HogBay over the decisions as of v.3.x to lose RTF settings on new document creation. It's a nightmare. Months ago, a fix was promised "soon," and I'm afraid this failure to follow through has precedent at HogBay, viz. lthe iPhone version and the year loyal users waited in the dark for a stable version with no word from Jesse. In this latest release of WR, new documents till do not retain the RTF settings (e.g., font and font size, line spacing, etc.) associated with a particular theme. In other words, a new document will default to the app's settings and ignore Theme settings even though the Theme shows as active. It's a muddle. The argument for this as far as I can follow it is that RTF documents need to be fluid enough to allow for a range of formatting choices later, e.g., for printing. For my part, it makes no sense to have themes if one can't create a document that preserves the assigned theme's settings. Have been using FocusWrite for months now. It doesn't have themes (and is apparently no longer in development) but the settings of the previous document persist in new documents, so one doesn't have to reinvent the wheel with ever new doc. I said above that I have been a longtime WriteRoom user. No more. Not until this feature is fixed so that it makes sense again, and theme settings are respected in new documents to which the theme has been assigned—including fonts, font size, spacing, etc.
[Version 3.2.1]

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Runty replied on 23 Oct 2012
The default font of new documents is one of the first things I change in my text editors. Please fix this hog bay!
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Sebastian_szwarc reviewed on 29 May 2012
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?
[Version 3.1]

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@timi replied on 15 Jul 2012
Uhm. Native fullscreen mode.
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 26 Feb 2012
Can we please have back "Save as..."? Lion-versions is unusable.
[Version 3.1]


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F451 commented on 14 Feb 2012
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.
[Version 3.1]


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F451 commented on 31 Oct 2011
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.
[Version 3.0]

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Drewman21 replied on 31 Oct 2011
2.5.1 is located on his website under the support page here. http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom/releasenotes-mac
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F451 replied on 31 Oct 2011
Drewman21, I stand corrected! Thanks for posting the link. I already had a version saved, but was noting it for others Also, when using Snow Leopard, the WriteRoom icon will be crossed-out signifying that it will not work on your system—if not Lion OS.
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xati-ba reviewed on 31 Oct 2011
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.
[Version 3.0]

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Filp replied on 31 Oct 2011
I'm not sure what your complaint is. You knew what it cost, and you admit it does what it says. What did you expect? Hog Bay does NOT have a reputation for "preying on gullible mac users."

I also knew what it cost, and still appreciate it for doing what it says.
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Stoneman replied on 31 Oct 2011
He actually dropped the price by a lot. It doesn't show here yet, but it does on his blog.
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sjk replied on 22 Nov 2011
Current price is $9.99 @ http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/store
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xati-ba replied on 24 Nov 2011
Wow, a lot of haters here!

Flip, I don't know how clearer I could have made my review : app in theory good, but too expensive for what it is! Are you an alternate account of the developer or something?

Anyway the price of $9.99 is perfectly reasonable, if I had seen it at the time I would have written a much more positive review. Thanks to Stoneman and sjk for pointing this out, I wish Macupdate staff woul update this page.
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Filp replied on 24 Nov 2011
I'm not an alternate account of anyone or anything. I'm a long-time Mac user who likes WriteRoom and thinks it's worth what I paid for it.

You're entitled to think it's overpriced, and I'm entitled to think you're wrong.
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Bill9583 reviewed on 24 Feb 2011
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.
[Version 2.5]


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Diarbyrag reviewed on 23 Feb 2011
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
[Version 2.5]

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Diarbyrag replied on 10 Mar 2011
Oh and btw it does not run under Tiger 10.4 as it says above.
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accountclosed had trouble on 14 Feb 2012
With this latest release (3.1). I can't get themes to preserve font color setting. Theme does not appear to recognize the font color assignment in the theme itself, and if I change it manually, then attempt to save (overwrite) the theme, the color setting is immediately lost. Is this a problem with the release, or is there something I'm missing here. Appears to be a bug. Fingers are crossed that the developer will fix it quickly.
[Version 3.1]

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accountclosed replied on 14 Feb 2012
A litte more research turned this up on HogBay's web site about this release:

"Theme Text Behavior: When using rich text, changing themes will not change the font or color properties of your text. If you are using a RTF, then themes will ignore font, font size, etc: Changing themes will not change these. For plain text, themes will change these based on theme preset."

Okay, now this is baffling—the open admission of a failing as though it were a feature. Are we to understand that this release actually TAKES AWAY the option to format text (color, etc.) in RTF, and for some reason relegates this control to plain text files only? If so, it would be a decisive reason NOT to upgrade, and IMO users should begin petitioning the developer to immediately correct whatever poor thinking spawned this new "feature."
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Dalahast had trouble on 13 Apr 2008
Any chance of hosting the old free version like MU did with Textpander? I don't have $25 for this, I'm 13.
[Version 2.3.7]

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Dalahast commented on 03 Jun 2008
Never mind, the dev has it up for download in a (rather obscure) part of his site.
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slade95816 had trouble on 05 Jan 2007
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!
[Version 2.0.1]

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Hog Bay Software (developer) replied on 06 Jan 2007
Please post these sorts of bugs on the Hog Bay Software site where it's easier for me to keep track of them. I think at least some of these problems are specific to your (or at least a small number of peoples) computers, because I'm sure I would have heard about them before if they happened everywhere.

In particular the typing problems in full screen mode sound very strange and I'm sure that they are not happening for most people. My guess is there must be some conflic with a third party application that you have installed? Do you have any haxies or typing enhacing programs installed?

JohnV2458 rated on 15 Sep 2013

[Version 3.2.1]



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Myka rated on 16 Aug 2012

[Version 3.2.1]



+2

Craigin rated on 23 Nov 2011

[Version 3.0.1]



+105

Walruscp rated on 15 Apr 2011

[Version 2.5.1]



Pmdf rated on 23 Mar 2011

[Version 2.5]



+105

Walruscp rated on 23 Feb 2011

[Version 2.5]



YadaPoint rated on 20 Feb 2011

[Version 2.3.7]


Downloads:25,738
Version Downloads:2,387
Type:Business : Applications
License:Shareware
Date:08 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $24.95
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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.


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