22
Jun
09

a nice text editor

I just came across a really neat little application. It’s called jDarkRoom, but even though the name suggest some sort of relation to photography, it’s not. It’s a very simple text editor with a rather unique feature.
When you start jDarkRoom for the first time, it will fill the entire screen with black, removing all menus, task bars, docks and everything. When you start to write, green text will apear using a simple monospace font. The idea is to minimize the number of distractions while you write. It is also the most basic text editor you’ll ever find, featuring only the basic funcitons like open/save, cut and paste, and search functions. Some may consider this a drawback, but for me it is all I ever want.
When I write a piece of text, instead of using a word processor (like Word or OOWriter), I prefer a simple text editor for its pure simplicity. I will usually start to capture the content, adding formatting, graphics and tables later. A word processor distracts me, and I start to worry about formatting and figures as I write, breaking the flow. When I have written things more or less finished, I will paste it into a real word processor for spell checking, layout and formatting. Another good reason why I don’t like writing in word processors are the tendency they have to pause everything for some background task. Not too seldom, I find I have written more than a sentence before the word processor wakes up and start the catching up. The basic text editor is snappy.
This editor is not suitable for coding, but it will probably be my first choice for capturing ordinary text.
You’ll find it here (http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/), it is written in Java and is available for all platforms. I’ve tried it on both Mac and WinXP, and works fine.
PS.
I may slow down on posting here, not shutting it down completely

I just came across a really neat little application. It’s called jDarkRoom, but even if the name suggest some sort of relation to photography, there is none. It’s a very simple text editor with a rather unique feature.

When you start jDarkRoom for the first time, it will fill the entire screen with black, removing all menus, task bars, docks and everything. When you start to write, green text will apear using a simple monospace font. The idea is to minimize the number of distractions while you write. It is also the most basic text editor you’ll ever find, featuring only the basic functions like open/save, cut and paste, and search functions. Some may consider this a drawback, but for me it is all I ever want.

When I write a piece of text, instead of using a word processor (like Word or OOWriter), I prefer a text editor for its pure simplicity. I will usually start to capture the content, adding formatting, graphics and tables later. A word processor distracts me, and I start to worry about formatting and figures as I write, which breaks the flow. When I’m more or less finished writing, I will paste it into a real word processor for spell checking, layout and formatting.

Another good reason why I don’t like writing in word processors are the tendency they have to pause everything for some background task. Not too seldom, I find that I have written more than a sentence before the word processor wakes up and start the catching up. The basic text editor is snappy.

This editor is not suitable for coding, but it will probably be my first choice for capturing ordinary text.

You’ll find it here (http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/), it is written in Java, available for all platforms, and it’s free. I’ve tried it on both Mac and WinXP, and works fine.

PS.

I may slow down on posting here, but I don’t intend to shut it down completely.

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2 Responses to “a nice text editor”


  1. June 30, 2009 at 0:44

    This is precisely the way that the OLD Wordperfect started. Nice clean screen in order to type stuff, without having to worry about formatting. Similar for another oldie, but forget the name. This is from early DOS vintage…. early 90’s, Late 80’s. LOL!
    Authoring, as you point out, is really about words not layout. Students forget that, and it gets in their way, IMO.

  2. 2 Kjell
    June 30, 2009 at 22:27

    Yes, that’s right. But then WP grew into a monster.


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