I’m excited to announce FoldingText 1.0!
FoldingText combines the best of what we’ve learned from WriteRoom and TaskPaper into a new tool for plain text productivity. The foundation is a plain text outliner that uses Markdown formatting. But that’s just the start. I think the movie does a good job of showing what it’s really all about, go watch it! :)
FoldingText builds on the ideas in our existing WriteRoom and TaskPaper apps, but it doesn’t replace them. (We are 4 people at Hog Bay Software now and have continued to develop WriteRoom and TaskPaper throughout FoldingText’s development. We don’t plan to stop now). My expectation is that WriteRoom will always be maintained. It provides simplest possible writing solution with no bells and whistles. Long term (year a minimum, probably longer) when FoldingText can do everything that TaskPaper can do, FoldingText is expected to replaced TaskPaper. But that’s still far enough away to be unpredictable. Another option might be that we just update TaskPaper to use FoldingText’s engine.
Anyway, exciting day for us! I hope FoldingText proves useful!
Here’s a great typewriter-inspired theme by Mike Warren. The typing sounds are from SoundJay and the background images are from Allur.
Thanks Mike! Click to download.
"I really like WriteRoom. It’s helped me focus when writing. Here’s a theme that I made, use, and really like." — Michael James Mette
Thanks Michael! This is a great one for full screen mode! Click to download.
FoldingText is for structured text editing. It is a markdown based text editor with auto-formatting support, markdown syntax hiding, and the foundation to be something more.
FoldingText is a work in progress. At this stage it is unlikely to become your go-to editor. You’ll run into bugs, there aren’t many features, and there isn’t even an icon.
It has potential. We’ve build a foundation that takes and extends our ideas from WriteRoom and TaskPaper. We are starting small, but the underlying code is powerful.
Please join us. We need your testing and feedback. Join early and help set the direction we take.
"This is my first theme [for] WriteRoom. Inspired by the coffee and chocolate which I love. Writing has always [meant] drink coffee and eat chocolate." — Paweł Ratajczak
Thanks Paweł! Click to download.
"Here’s a theme I threw together for that "screenplay" look. It’s meant to be used with Courier. While I’m not usually a fan of this kinda faux dimensional thing, this actually serves bit of a purpose for screenwriters: it gives you a sense of how much of what you’re writing fills a page (which equals one minute of screen time.) Nothing scientific about it — just seems helpful to me, especially when using Fountain format.” — Justin Sabestinas
Thanks Justin! Click to download.
"Here’s a no-frills Solarized Dark theme I made on WriteRoom. In my defence I could only share the background and text colours :)
It uses Andale Mono set at 18pt, I like to see what I’m writing.” — Pedro Figueiredo
Thanks Pedro! Click here to download.
Theme created by Jordan Fox. In Jordan’s own words:
"It’s in the same vein as the old Writeroom black/green style, but optimized for full screen on my 15-inch MacBook Pro, and uses Courier New for a bit of a typewriter look as well. I’m very happy with it and hope that others will be as well."
The old WriteRoom look just won’t die, and that’s quite a compliment! Thanks Jordan! Click to download.
Theme created by Jeff Chapman. In his own words:
"The font used is American Typewriter, which I understand is installed by default for Mac OS X nowadays. I created the theme on a MacBook Pro 15", so the highest screen resolution supported with the background image at 100% size is 1440 x 900px. The background image is a heavily edited version of the "Paper Leather Texture" made available on Flickr (via Creative Commons license) at the following URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartiservin/3785177730/. I’ve done my best to create a theme that is easy to read, easy on the eyes and a familiar but stylish use of paper backgrounds for WriteRoom.”
Thanks Jeff! Click to download