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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."
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