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FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

Posted Nov 5, 2010 23:15 UTC (Fri) by Alterego (guest, #55989)
In reply to: FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions by nix
Parent article: FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

My mother typed several books in OpenOffice, and it was rather painfull (for me) to make things simple (for her) by reducing the interface to something usable and convenient : hide useless buttons, reduce menu contents, define a decent stylesheet...

It would have been much better to have a simpler text processor, which does it job and stay out of the way.

And the cursor in the center of the page is really a great idea. Next book will probably be done with FocusWriter.


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FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

Posted Nov 6, 2010 0:31 UTC (Sat) by Lennie (guest, #49641) [Link]

Abiword, maybe ?

FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

Posted Nov 6, 2010 18:18 UTC (Sat) by Darkmere (subscriber, #53695) [Link]

AbiWord is these days far from "simple" as it comes out of the box. I'd guess the same problem comes there as for LibreOffice. Too many features on screen.

FocusWriter is all writing, no distractions

Posted Nov 8, 2010 14:29 UTC (Mon) by hmh (subscriber, #3838) [Link]

There is also LyX. It is a document processor, so it tends to help any sort of focused writing (however, keep in mind that I use it for reports and articles, not prose).

As long as you keep yourself from trying fancy stuff that would require Latex knowledge (LyX calls that "evil red text"), it just works and it will typeset her books to PDF with a single click.

It is damn easy to install (even in Windows) nowadays.

The spellchecker, OTOH, is not nearly as advanced as OOO's.


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