If you’re a writer who easily gets distracted while trying to use text editors or word processors for writing (totally understandable :D) and looking for a distraction free writer application that’s completely free, then you should try “QuiEdit”.
It’s an open source tool that runs in Ubuntu Linux and Windows. Being a distraction free writer, it’s functions are somewhat limited and most of its features are controlled by using keyboard shortcuts (mostly). But most importantly, it does its job :).
It comes with few built in themes, though it has a spell checking feature, it did not work in Ubuntu (it won’t work in Windows by default). But other than that, it’s a simple tool that is a pleasure to use.
Few main features …
*. Counts words, lines and characters (hidden by default, use the “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “z” to enable it).
*. Change text size.
*. Make text Bold, Italic, alight center/right and justify.
*. Saves text in HTML format.
*. Has a Fullscreen and a windowed mode.
*. Basic support for using the mouse.
Thanks to its PPA, you can install “QuiEdit” in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ppa:smathot/cogscinl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install quiedit
If you use MS Windows, then you cat get it from this QuiEdit home page.
Whenever you want to get a list of the built in shortcuts, press the “Ctrl” + “h” and it should reveal all of them. That’s all I have to say about it ;-). Enjoy!.