Review: The Best Minimal Writing App For Mac—Ever

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Right now I’m stoked to be typing this review in one of my favorite new Mac apps: Typed.

Typed comes from Realmac software, makers of beloved apps such as Clear (for Mac and iPhone), Ember and Rapidweaver. As it stands, I’ve got 3 out of the 4 Mac apps made by Realmac on my Mac right now. Great company.

And Typed lives up to my expectations for something coming from Realmac.

As with all Realmac apps, it’s simple and focused. It’s to the point. It’s stripped down to the essence of what it needs to be without taking away the joy of using it.

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Typed is a minimalist writing program that aims to put as little friction as possible between the writer and the “page” to allow ideas to flow as freely as possible.

There are plenty of entries into this category. iA Writer (and iA Writer Pro), OmmWriter and Hemingway come to mind immediately, but there are others (it’s just early at the moment).

While I like various features from each of these fundamentalist writing experiences (focus mode in Writer, backgrounds and click noises in OmmWriter and the cheapness of Hemingway), Typed has become my go-to writing app for the Mac. It’s not perfect, but it has the best bundle of features for me personally. It fits my framework which is an adaptation of On Writing Well, my favorite book on writing non-fiction (and the best in my humble opinion).

It is a bit funny to me that Typed’s website has a little zinger seemingly aimed in Writer’s direction. A headline reads: Your Best Work Isn’t Written, It’s Typed.

I do the majority of my writing for the web and typically publish via WordPress. But I rarely write in WordPress itself. WordPress does have a full-screen, “distraction-free” writing mode, but it just doesn’t feel right somehow.

So I usually start my writing in a dedicated app. On my iPhone that is currently Drafts, which I’ve called the most useful iPhone app of all-time. And from this moment forward, until or unless it is de-throned, my default writing app on the Mac will be Typed.

What features Typed has are great. And I mean that in a good way. It doesn’t have a lot of features, which is in itself a great feature.

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