More Writing Tools [Reader Suggested]

If you want to get a lot of emails, leave out someone’s favorite writing tool. At least that is what I learned with today’s look at Mac writing tools. I got a lot of suggestions from people, and while I don’t have the time nor the desire to check them all out I thought I would share them with all of you. Here they are in no particular order, with what I know about them or copied and pasted from the site.

  • MacVim: “a port of the text editor Vim to Mac OS X.”
  • GNU/Emacs: “an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.”
  • Internet Type Writer: this one is just a web app, but pretty neat and never heard of it before so I thought I would include it.
  • Bean: “Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is Open Source, fully Cocoa, and is available free of charge!”
  • Mellel: billed as a word processor for technical writing, among other things.
  • Fraise: I am told this is the (more) active project to the now dead Smultron that I mention in the previous post.
  • SubEthaEdit: “a powerful and lean text editor. And it’s the only collaborative one that is a joy to use. By combining the ease of Bonjour with the world’s best text collaboration engine, it makes working together not only possible but even fun…”
  • Nisus Writer: “a word processor that’s fast, clean, and with all the power you need.”
  • Komodo Edit: “a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother Komodo IDE) a try: it’ll be worth your while.”
  • Cetix: this one seems pretty interesting and certainly geared towards media production, not writing per se, but screen writing for sure.
  • TextMate Blogging Bundle: Justin Blanton emailed in to remind me that he has a TextMate bundle to help preview and publish from TextMate to a blog. It is pretty sweet so I do apologize for not linking to it earlier. He also has the sript working for Chromium/Chrome users here.
  • [Updated: 11/15/10 at 4:15 PM]
  • xPad: ” the ultimate notepad, TextEdit and Stickies replacement for Apple’s OS X. With a simple, easy-to-use interface and powerful multi-document features, xPad will quickly become your daily text editor of choice.”

I will be updating this as more come in, so feel free to get in contact if you have more, be sure to also check out the original writing tools post.

Originally posted for members on: November 12, 2010
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