Fine-tun­ing each app to your lik­ing

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Ev­ery app on test, aside from Ommwriter, has fo­cus (or high­light­ing) modes and type­writer scrolling. They dif­fer in the fine de­tails, but it’s else­where that vari­ance is more ob­vi­ous. iA Writer has a take-it-or-leave-it in­ter­face, bar ad­just­ing text size. By­word gives you cus­tom fonts, two themes and three col­umn widths. Ommwriter has three themes, four font op­tions, a re­siz­able writ­ing area, and back­ground au­dio and typ­ing noises. Fo­cused of­fers six fonts, three themes, au­dio, and the choice of ‘re­spon­sive’ text siz­ing or four spe­cific font sizes and three col­umn widths.

WriteRoom and Ulysses go for ful­lon them­ing. The for­mer app en­ables you to edit sounds, back­grounds and text styles, al­low­ing alternate set­tings for full-screen and win­dowed modes within the same theme. Three of the four de­fault themes are ropey, so this is just as well. Ulysses looks great to start with, and pro­vides mul­ti­ple mark-up and ex­port themes (for HTML, ePub and rich text). In ad­di­tion, you can ad­just the font and ty­pog­ra­phy.

WriteRoom makes it pos­si­ble to cre­ate your own themes, which can vary wildly.

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