Monday, July 19, 2010

The writer's editor - TextRoom

TextRoom is a writer's editor for distraction free writing and editing.

TextRoom is a free (as in freedom and free beer) full screen text editor developed especially with writers in mind. TextRoom and all other similar editors share one goal: to get you writing right away by providing distraction free environment to your liking, as well as familiar set of keyboard shortcuts to control its behavior. If you don't feel comfortable already with your editor of choice, you may find it useful.



The list of features is long and some of them are:
  • basic rich text editing: bold, italic, underline, and changing font, font size and color
  • configurable statusbar colors and fonts
  • configurable editor width and height
  • configurable behavior: full-screen on/off, auto save, flow mode (disable delete and backspace keys), load last document on startup, remember position in text for the last file
  • insert current time and/or date in a configurable fashion
  • live word count for all text and selected text
  • live character count option
  • configurable page count option
  • live clock on statusbar
  • targets: setting deadline from a graphical calendar
  • targets: setting a target word count
  • targets: setting short deadlines to write in minutes
  • keyboard shortcuts for the most common tasks (if you start the program for the first time, just press F1 for help)
  • typing sounds similar to a typewriter which can be disabled
  • cross-platform, TextRoom has a Windows installer now and it's possible to compile on Mac too.
  • Spellcheck with hunspell (US English and Turkish, for now.).
  • Universal Linux installer.
  • Printing support.
  • Background images.
  • Transparent statusbar.
  • File association with .txr files.
  • Restoring all settings to defaults.
  • Plain text only or rich text options.
  • Scratchpad.
  • Line indent.