FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions
Posted Nov 5, 2010 21:57 UTC (Fri) by nix
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Basically this means that the cursor will always be centered mid-screen so your eye doesn't have to track the text to the bottom of the screen while writing. When you reach the end of a line, FocusWriter scrolls the text up rather than pushing the cursor down one line.
This was Emacs's default editing mode for many, many years. Vague memories say that WordStar worked the same way, as well. Of course, in Emacs, binding turning this feature on and off to a key is trivial. Does FocusWriter not have customizable keybindings? I'd call this an absolutely crucial feature for anything intended for serious writing, and virtually everything supports it, except, it seems, for most of the editors in this review. (Of course, Emacs is not aimed at the same users as FocusWriter.)
The advantage of FocusWriter over a full-screen randomly-chosen text editor is unclear. Is maximising a window really beyond authors? Possibly it's simply that most other editors that let you turn off the distractions have a fairly steep learning curve...
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