Directory of Distraction-free Writing Tools

(2009 June: added two no delete editors) Editors A working list of tools to reduce writers’ distraction. I’ve been using some of them for a while; I was inspired by Cory Doctorow’s latest post on the matter to collect what I could together. All are free unless otherwise stated.  No backspace/delete editors Typewriter “All you …

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Right on the Board

Another great, simple product from the folks at 37 Signals: Writeboard is live : Writeboard is a web-based writing tool. It lets you simply write, share, revise, and compare text. With Writeboard you can write solo or collaborate with as many people as you’d like. Writeboard isn’t about heavy text formatting, or WYSIWYG, it’s about …

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Another Hotkey Program

Here’s a new tool for folk using lots of bits of text and stuff time and time again. AbridgeInsert uses hotkey combinations, so you can “easily insert commonly-used text into any application, such as a word processors, email programs, tables, IDEs, etc.” You can use it for: exchange of text and graphics among applications coding …

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Column: search software

Loose Wire — Organize Me: Give us some software that really makes the information age meaningful   By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 3 April 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review, (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Every time I visit a computer shop I get nostalgic for the dotcom boom. In those …

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