There’s certainly no shortage of distraction-free writers in the GNU/Linux platform. We have ‘PyRoom’,'FocusWriter’ ‘QuiEdit‘, ‘CatlookingWriter‘, ‘Marave’, ‘TextRoom’ are only a few to mention. And of course, they’re all free and open source as well.
Recently, I also found another one called ‘UberWriter’ and after using it for a short while, I was impressed by it and thought I should share it here :). It’s not the most lightweight writer out there (uses about 20-22 MB or your RAM) but then again, most other tools also use a reasonable amount of your RAM anyway.
Another thing with ‘UberWriter’ is that, you cannot change the font or switch between themes etc. However, I personally don’t find that to be a problem at all because the default look-n-feel of the application looks pretty nice to me.
Main features …
*. Supports most basic and important text editing functions such as Undo/Redo/Cut/Copy and Paste.
*. Save documents into RTF, HTML and PDF formats.
*. Shows a list of ‘recently opened’ files.
*. Checks for spellings as you type.
Only supports English language (Canada, US and UK).
Update: Actually ‘UberWriter’ supports a lot of other languages as it uses a tool called ‘enchant’ which is also used by ‘Gedit’. And thanks to that, ‘UberWriter’ will auto detect your current language and will enable that automatically!. Thanks for ‘Wolf’ (developer’) for pointing that out.
*. Shows you the ‘Lines’ and counts the total ‘Characters’ (I would love to see the ‘word-count’ rather than counting the characters).
It also has two basic ‘modes’ (accessed via buttons located at the bottom of its window). One is the ‘Fullscreen’ and the other is called ‘Focus Mode’.
What the ‘Focus Mode’ does is, by based your cursor position on the editor, it highlights a certain amount of text (both up and below) and lightens the rest for focusing them (as shown below).
It’s PPA only holds packages for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (it would’ve been nice if there were packages for other Ubuntu users, for 11.10 at least :D), to install it, open your Terminal and enter the below commands.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:w-vollprecht/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uberwriter
Then search for it in the ‘Dash’ for opening. That’s it, enjoy!.