Writer - minimalist text editor for distraction-free writing by Linguistic Design (Universal)
Released: May 18, 2011
Version: 2.9
Size: 3 MB
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Writer - minimalist text editor for distraction-free writing

Linguistic Design
[ This app is no longer available for download ]

• distraction-free writing
Writer is an app for writing and nothing else. The interface is minimal and visible only when needed, allowing you to focus more intently on your writing.

• simplified keyboard
Why use an antiquated keyboard layout that was designed around the limitations of mechanical typewriters? Writer's simplified keyboard is designed exclusively for touch and optimized for linguistic patterns. Unlike the archaic qwerty layout which was actually designed to slow you down, the new keyboard layout is efficient and ergonomic. Give it one week. And your typing will not only be faster, but more comfortable and natural.

• standard keyboard options
Standard keyboard layouts are also available if you prefer. In fact, Writer contains 35 different keyboard layouts for 18 different languages. Or, you can use the standard iOS keyboard. Just remember to set your preference in system Settings.

• ephemeral typography
It's easy to get lost in a sea of text. And the typical blinking caret is either too obscure or too obtrusive. Writer helps you stay focused with visual effects that are subtle yet powerful: As you type, surrounding text simply fades away, leaving the current word as the center of interest. The experience preserves your train of thought and keeps you on target.

• gesture-based text editing
Touch to select. Pinch to zoom. Swipe to navigate. Gestures are elegant alternatives to buttons and pop-up menus. Writer makes extensive use of gestures for many text editing operations. Once learned, these gestures are never forgotten and quickly become second nature.

• gesture-based keyboard
Writer introduces a new keyboard gesture:
keyswipe - press a key and slightly push your finger upward, downward, left or right.
The keyswipe gesture can be used to modify a key's input. It's how you capitalize letters (keyswipe upward). And it can also be used to quickly insert alternative punctuations and common digraphs. With a little practice, you'll never want to use the shift key again.

• personal aesthetic
Writing is personal. Writer respects that. Choose your favorite typeface and color scheme and the entire interface will conform to your style. You can write in whatever mood you're in.


What's new in version 2.9
• Simplified Keyboard - gesture-based keyboard with a dipolar layout optimized for linguistic patterns, providing a more ergonomic and efficient typing experience.

• Multilingual Keyboard options:
English (simplified | qwerty | dvorak)
Français (simplified | azerty | bépo)
Deutsch (simplified | qwertz)
Español (simplified | qwerty)
Italiano (simplified | qwerty | qzerty)
Português (simplified | qwerty)
Nederlands (simplified | qwerty)
Dansk (simplified | åæerty)
Norsk (simplified | åæerty)
Svenska (simplified | åäerty)
Suomi (äwerty)
Íslenska (áæerty)
Polski (qwerty | qwertz)
Čeština (simplified | qwerty | qzerty)
Hrvatski (qwertz)
Română (qwerty | qwertz)
Shqip (qwertz)
Slovenščina (qwertz)
Set keyboard preference in system Settings (i.e. launch Settings and scroll down until you see the app icon).

• Standard iOS keyboard also available via system Settings.

• Keyswipe Sensitivity adjustable in system Settings (e.g. move slider all the way to the left to effectively turn the keyswipe gesture off).

• Ephemeral Typography improvements.

• Quick start guides

Our verdict: Ok
  • + Writer - minimalist text editor for distraction-free writing is an ok, 3.5-star app.
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