Para­graphs

Mixed-up min­i­mal­ist writ­ing

Mac Format - - RATED -

£7.99 De­vel­oper Tri­plane LLC, para­graph­sapp.com

Re­quires OS X 10.10 or higher

What makes this app dif­fer­ent to the many other dis­trac­tion-free writ­ing tools on the Mac is that it isn’t a Mark­down edi­tor like, say, iA Writer or By­word. It can ex­port to Mark­down, but it pro­vides no pre­view of how your for­mat­ting will look.

In ad­di­tion, Para­graphs has text for­mat­ting op­tions for chang­ing some char­ac­ter at­tributes (though not the font), un­like some of its com­peti­tors. So, you can make text bold or italic, for ex­am­ple. And you can set sec­tions as head­ings, sub­head­ings, or quotes, which would be handy if you could pub­lish di­rectly to a blog, but Para­graphs doesn’t al­low that.

Your doc­u­ments are listed in an iOS-like doc­u­ment picker, which serves lit­tle pur­pose on the desk­top.

Sadly, in try­ing not to be just another min­i­mal­ist writ­ing app, Para­graphs ig­nores fea­tures that make its ri­vals great, and doesn’t re­place them with any­thing that jus­ti­fies its price tag. Kenny Hem­phill

A flawed idea whose el­e­gant ex­e­cu­tion isn’t enough to make it worth the ask­ing price.

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