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CNET Editors' Rating 2.0 stars

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Everything you'd expect, but not really."

    January 31, 2013  |   By yroeht

    Pros

    -streamline design
    -immersive writing experience
    -autosave
    -features import/export feature
    -polished interface capable of autohide
    -impressive range of customisation

    Cons

    -deletes italic/bold/underline. There is a special kind of frustration that comes with re-doing every line of typographic emphasis in a **** word document.

    -after prolonged use, will fail to auto-space when typing something within an existing sentence. i.e. if I were to type 'automatic spacing' before 'auto-space', the sentence would come out like this: will fail to automatic spacingyping something ...

    -the aforementioned import/export feature is limited to .rtf and .txt formats, knocking microsoft documents out of the window of convenience. The average user will end up having to save their zenwriter document as .rtf before copy-pasting it into a word doc in order to utilise features lacking in the former. Excessive program solidarity =/= user-friendly design.

    Summary

    A great program held back by some debilitating flaws.

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