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£22.99 Developer Realmac Software, realmacsoftware.com Requires OS X 10.9 or higher
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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!