ZEN editors for distraction free writing

If you are a frequent writer or programmer, a distraction free writing environment can electrify your productivity. Jester Raiin mailed some good online editors which support this and I spiced it up with some more I know of. Here’s the final collection of online and local apps those provide a distraction free writing environment.

  • PenZen
    Takes a minimalist approach. The only option provided are to save the text to Pen.io or download as PDF.
  • Writebox
    Comes as a browser plugin as well as an online service.
  • PyRoom
    Text editor written in Python.
  • Notepad.cc
    My personal favourite to access information from anywhere.
  • Writer
    Awesome interface. Might make you think of yourself as Neo in The Matrix. Plenty of useful tools – export, download, convert to PDF, print, social network integration and editor customization.
  • Quabel
    Lots of editor customization options. Exporting options are supported in a free account.
  • FocusWriter
    Another fantastic desktop app for Linux, Windows, Mac. Offers export options, timers and alarms, goals, customizable themes (from fonts to background), focused text, sound effects, spell checks, sessions, multiple documents, portable version. Great for programming as it supports tabs too. Available in Saucy default repositories.
  • WriteMonkey
    Windows only but couldn’t help adding it. Highly popular because of its minimal footprint, aesthetic look and feel, JS plugin support, Markup support, CSS templates, progress bar, timed writing, bookmarks, jumps and many other interesting features to come in such a small size.
  • Calmly Writer
  • TextRoom
  • Write Space
  • vim
    There’s no better programmer’s editor than vi. To emulate a distraction free environment with vi fire a terminal and press F11 to make it fullscreen. Open vi and write to your heart’s content.
  • WordPress Editor
    Added this because I use it a lot to write all these articles for you ;). While writing a new post press Alt+Shift+W and then F11 (to make the browser fullscreen) and enter the complete distraction free mode.

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