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Typed from Real­mac Soft­ware is another min­i­mal­ist writ­ing app for the Mac – and fi­nally it’s on the Mac App Store, too. Typed was orig­i­nally re­leased at the end of last year but un­til now it was only been avail­able to pur­chase di­rect from Real­mac’s web­site.

Since the likes of WriteRoom ap­peared, de­vel­op­ers have been try­ing to find the per­fect bal­ance be­tween fea­tures, depth and a clean writ­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and there are some tough com­peti­tors out there, in­clud­ing By­word and the afore­men­tioned WriteRoom.

Typed uses Mark­down and ex­ports text into HTML, RTF and PDF for­mats. It fea­tures a min­i­mal user in­ter­face, as you’d ex­pect, but you can dis­play word/char­ac­ter counts, choose back­grounds (in­clud­ing dark mode), type­faces, and pre­view your work on a clean­look­ing page. For writ­ing, Mark­down sup­port and as­so­ci­ated key­board short­cuts, Typed makes struc­tur­ing your doc­u­ments a breeze.

Typed’s Zen mode takes full-screen views a step fur­ther too, with six calm­ing Zen sound­tracks avail­able to play in the back­ground to aid your fo­cus. It’s not for ev­ery­one, but drown­ing out back­ground noise can be help­ful when you’re in full cre­ative flow. We reckon Typed has a su­pe­rior fin­d­and-re­place ca­pa­bil­ity and nicer ty­pog­ra­phy than most of its ri­vals. There’s also a handy way of ex­port­ing just se­lected text to HTML, rather than an en­tire doc­u­ment. Nice!

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