Write for Mac

A brand-new com­peti­tor in the texte­dit­ing war ar­rives with a splash

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - £6.99 De­vel­oper Tan­may Son­awane, writeapp.net/mac OS OS X 10.8 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor Stylish, ef­fi­cient edit­ing Syncs with iCloud and iOS Lacks power for long projects Weak tem­plat­ing op­tions

At first glance, Write looks a lot like cur­rent text-edit­ing dar­ling Ulysses 3, only at a much cheaper price – even fac­tor­ing in a paid-for iOS ver­sion for tak­ing work on the move. Glances three through six are mostly de­voted to look­ing for the catch, and be­ing sur­prised that there re­ally isn’t one – not a big one, at least. Write is a gor­geous-look­ing edi­tor with a lot of power just a click away, from full Mark­down sup­port and iCloud sync­ing, to dis­trac­tion-free writ­ing, and a cen­tralised li­brary to hold and browse your documents – one that sim­ply uses raw files in ex­ist­ing fold­ers rather than adopt­ing Ulysses’ data­base ap­proach. It’s oddly be­ing sold en­tirely around note-tak­ing, but eas­ily han­dles long documents, too.

Along with all the usual edit­ing fea­tures (such as type­writer scrolling and both global and sec­tion-based word/char­ac­ter counts), Write has a few in­ter­est­ing tricks, such as sup­port for pre­view­ing Foun­tain for­mat­ted scripts. It’s a tool best used for short pieces rather than your novel, though, since there’s noth­ing like, say, ver­sion­ing sup­port, or a way of con­nect­ing up documents. Like­wise, even ig­nor­ing that ed­i­tors like this avoid DTP op­tions of tools that you’d find in Pages, Write’s theme/tem­plate op­tions are weak. If you need full con­trol over your documents, Scrivener takes the prize and then Ulysses. Both of those also re­main the tools of choice for writ­ers fo­cused purely on text. If your needs are a lit­tle sim­pler, Write does a great job for much less. Richard Cob­bett

An im­pres­sively pow­er­ful but hum­ble writ­ing app that com­ple­ments the big boys well.

Write cur­rently lacks theme/tem­plate sup­port, save edit­ing raw CSS files.

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