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Growly Write is a simple but feature-rich word processor.

It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor

Perhaps the word processor you’ve been using has 100 times as many features as you need. Or it won’t work the way you want it t -- too many views or too few, and nothing makes any sense. Or it looks as if it were designed back when computers displayed text in green letters on a black screen. Growly Write is something else entirely: fresh, capable, and simple. But not too simple.

The range of documents you can create in Write is
What's New
Version 1.1.2:

New features:

  • Rearrange chapters by dragging in the elements list.
  • Favorite files can be grouped. Each group is separated by a line across the Favorites menu.
  • Technical text files such as XML can be saved back to the same format instead of being forced to .txt.
  • Bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Zo219 commented on 20 Feb 2014
What is it with Growly? They keep writing great things - for free.
[Version 1.1.2]


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priehl reviewed on 25 May 2013
Growly Write gives you an incredibly powerful app, almost unbelievable number of features and OH BY THE WAY costs nothing and takes up approximately 1/100th the disk space of MS Word. Additionally, Chris Mason (once led development for MS Word, "back when it was fun") responds to inquiries. When I had a problem (locked out of my personal journal), he told me which (non-personal) files to send him and shot me back a beta version of the next release. Within 24 hours, if I recall.

With so many features, you will probably find yourself confused at some point. When I got stuck with formatting, not only did I get a quick response from Chris, but also one of my suggestions appeared in the next release of the amazingly extensive help documentation.

From the first page of the help:

"Growly Write is a word processor: it helps you create and print documents that are primarily composed of text. Write is intentionally simple, but not simple-minded. Its capabilities include:

+ Documents composed of one or more chapters, each of which can have different page layouts.
+ Multiple columns, including columns that are not all the same width.
+ Pictures that flow with the text, or pictures that text flows around.
+ Private notes that don’t print.
+ Simple tables and lists.
+ Borders around paragraphs, tables, and pictures.
+ View different parts of the document at the same time.
+ Styles for text, paragraphs, tables, and chapters. You can set up formats that you use often, apply them easily to anything of the same type, and change the formatting everywhere by changing it once.

If you’re looking for a program that can create documents containing videos, PDFs, and text boxes placed anywhere on the page, check out our Growly Notes app. Write is not a note-taking program, a high-end do-everything-for-everyone word processor, or a rocket ship. There are many things we left out on purpose:

- No footnotes.
- No hyphenation or grammar checking.
- No text boxes.
- No built-in drawing tools.
- No fancy view modes.
- No web page creation tools.
- No macros or built-in programming language.
- No equation editor.
- No unnecessary complications.
- Nothing that can’t be useful to home, school, and small business users. Every feature in Write is something that we’ve used ourselves.

At GrowlyBird, we believe that the most popular word processors went wrong by trying to fulfill every need that any user anywhere in the world might ever have, all in one package. The end result was often an unbearably ugly app that no normal person would want to use, and that many normal people can’t use. Write is something different: small and simple but capable."
[Version 1.0.9]


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Chetgw reviewed on 10 May 2013
Ever since OS X appeared for the Mac I have been mourning the loss of WriteNow and have been searching for a replacement. Growly Write appears to be the leading condidate. Not until I started using Growly Write did I realize why WriteNow was missed. WN was a joy to use and all the others were a chore. GW brought the joy back to using a word procesor. Thanks to the developer for writing this app.
[Version 1.0.9]


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Dcannis reviewed on 07 May 2013
This sounds great but you can get the unit of measurement in centimeters?
[Version 1.0.9]

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Jefrart replied on 07 May 2013
Yes, in View menu, there is a Measurement Units option.
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Dcannis replied on 07 May 2013
Many Thanks|
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Version Downloads:554
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Free
Date:13 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Growly Write is a simple but feature-rich word processor.

It’s a word processor, not a nuclear reactor

Perhaps the word processor you’ve been using has 100 times as many features as you need. Or it won’t work the way you want it t -- too many views or too few, and nothing makes any sense. Or it looks as if it were designed back when computers displayed text in green letters on a black screen. Growly Write is something else entirely: fresh, capable, and simple. But not too simple.

The range of documents you can create in Write is staggering: multiple columns, chapters with different layouts, pictures that flow with the text or pictures that text wraps around, drop caps, tables, lists, links within a document or to web pages, borders simple and complex, and a complete toolkit of text formats. But everything is easy to find.

The amazing format panel

The section on the right of the screen shot above is the format panel. It lets you change the appearance of everything in the document, without ever getting in your way. No obscure commands, complex and ugly modal windows, tiny indecipherable icons, or hunting through menus. If you want to format something, this is the place to go.

The tabs at the top let you choose what to modify: text, paragraphs, tables, lists, pictures, what have you. They reconfigure automatically to match whatever you’ve selected. Within each tab the properties are broken down into small, easy-to-understand groups. If you don’t use styles, for example, just close the style group and you’ll never have to see it again. But when you do need a certain format, you’ll never have to wonder where it is.

If you’re just typing and you don’t want to think about formatting right now, simply close the panel.

Look again

Sometimes you need to concentrate on making your document look great, but for most documents it’s the words that matter most. When you want to focus on the text, use the draft view (vs. the page view shown above).


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