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CNET Editors' Rating 2.0 stars

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple, very easy to focus"

    December 13, 2012  |   By Ukefox

    Pros

    Easy to set up and use
    Helpful with the writing experience
    Very calming and customizable

    Cons

    None that I've found

    Summary

    Now, I will say that when I downloaded this, I had the unfortunate issue of my hard drive having a major meltdown. I can't blame zenwriter for this, but it took me awhile to trust it again, the event gave me trust issues. However, it had worked very well for the week or so I had it before my computer decided to hate me. If you shut off the TV or any other distractions, it's very true to it's name. It's easier to focus, easier to get some headspace, and in my case, the typing sound encouraged me to keep writing to keep it going. To create a storm with the droplets sound or a novel with the type writer effect, I loved both of them.
    It's also nice to customize your background to one of your own photos (if you're a photographer or artist like me) and you can edit what's playing. If you don't like the songs, upload your own, or even better, the sound of a rainstorm or a fireplace to create an even more calming experience.
    It's a simple but effective program, it's better than the glaring white background of many writing programs.

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