I often start my posts with few words on how life led me to the topic for today.
Today I was tired (it’s HOT here lately) and in no particular mood to write so that led me through my research bookmarks to Q10 – text editor that urges to adopt distraction-free writing.
What it does
Q10 has very minimalistic interface - full dark screen (or whatever color you change it to) where you type text.
Personally I find it quite calming but also slightly annoying because it lacks convenient controls. Only thing beside text on screen is status bar on the bottom, that can be configured to display various statistics or turned off altogether.
Most of controls are tied to hotkeys and list of those can be displayed by pressing F1.
Q10 is concentrated on writing process and productivity (while many text editors get too busy with making result look cool).
It has a number of very fitting features:
- display of statistics - from characters to pages;
- support for automatic corrections;
- support for text expanding;
- setting goals as amount of text to write;
- setting alarms if your time is limited;
- and it makes charming retro typewriter sounds.
Needs and wants
I can’t say writing in English is challenge for me. However writing quickly, accurately and without misspelling similar words – often is.
While Q10 has version with optional spell checker, check process must be deliberately called. I find that disruptive and less convenient than real time checking in Windows Live Writer.
Tiny and completely portable app that is quite good and what it does - setting right mood for some writing in plain text. I find it charming but for blogging text would require copying it to WLW and post-processing anyway. Which makes process more complex – something I try to avoid.
Still I will definitely keep it around for hot and tiresome days like this. Sometimes a little darkness and calm sounds is exactly what is needed for inspiration.
PS as proper in such cases this post was completely written in Q10 and I overdid my 300 words target by 18 percent :)