Dark Room

Dark Room

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 33 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.8b
  • Total Downloads:
    47,464
  • Date Added:
    May 14, 2007
  • File Size:
    46.18KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    68
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows/XP

Editors' Review

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The freeware Windows app Dark Room, based off the Mac software WriteRoom, looks a heck of a lot like the classic text-adventure game Zork. It's a black background with a CRT-style green foreground color for your text that aims to offer a distraction-free application for writing. There are few bells and no whistles: this lightweight text editor is without buttons, menus, or anything else that might disturb your concentration. You can either accept the default preferences and start typing into a new document, or hit Ctrl , to open up the Preferences.

Because Dark Room starts in full-screen mode by default, you won't be able to see the menus at the top of the application. To access the Preferences from the "View" menu, exit full-screen mode by hitting the F11 button, then select "View." From the Preferences dialog, you can change the color and size of your font, the color and size of the Dark Room "page" (the writable area of the screen), and the color and opacity of the background (behind the page), as well as a variety of advanced settings, such as the ability to open documents in Dark Room from the Windows context menu, multiple monitor support, neutral highlighting, and autosaving.

Basic text-editing features like "Copy," "Paste," and "Find," help you do slightly more advanced tasks, but that's about it. Users can't make global replacements, for example. Dark Room's shortcomings, though, only serve to enhance the sense of focus it can bring to your writing.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star 15
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
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4 stars

"Love the application"

February 03, 2012  |  By CarlatFSJ

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

Easy to use and setup on my windows xp machine.
-Starts up with the last doc I was writing
-works in both full screen and window mode

Cons

nothing to report as yet. Will update later.

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1 stars

"Can't use It."

April 27, 2010  |  By Cat5012

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

None. I can't find the file

Cons

I downloaded Dark Room and was really excited. It looked like a neat product. It downloaded in a zipped file, Firefox is supposed to open it, but it doesn't. It says it can't find it. I'm really disappointed. Usually I rate Cnet's products high.

Summary

Just can't find the file. I wish it downloaded in just a regular file. Now I can't even find it to delete it. Can't really rate this.

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4 stars

"Nice and very useful for authors who get distracted"

March 12, 2010  |  By UncleMoosebuzz

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

The black screen keeps my eyes focuced so I can get the job done. Nice color text. Perfect for what I wanted.

Cons

I couldn't figure out how to shut it off - so every time I tried to do something different, I was still 'in the dark' (computer moron waves here) so I had to get rid of it until someone can help me control it.

Summary

If you are an author/writer/student, who gets distracted by all the bells and whistles around your computer screen, this is great. Black screen with non-offending neon text. You just type and go. Wonderful!

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5 stars

"Don't be afraid of the Dark"

February 07, 2010  |  By Arionex

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

Flawless design, comfortable and easy on the eyes, simply great.

Cons

It lacks of an Updated Version that is all.

Summary

Bottom line is as follows, the efficiency of this app is flawless to a degree but it lacks minimum features. It's a must have.

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5 stars

"A WRITING TOOL FOR CREATIVE WRITERS"

September 18, 2009  |  By Redrik

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

No distractions.

Cons

Having to use other software for formatting, spell checking etc could be seen as a disadvantage but that would only apply to the less creative.

Summary

The first thing I did was start writing. What began as a "how does this thing work" quickly turned into a short story I didn't know lurking inside me. Clearly the "no distractions" concept works for me! I have sometimes been regarded as eccentric but aren't most of us?

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5 stars

"One word: Simple"

February 19, 2009  |  By allfghhgf

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

-small
-simple
-full screen
-fast
-easy to use
-really clears up writers block
-word wraps(unlike notepad)

Cons

-simple fonts

Summary

This is great if you don't like the complexity, and speed, of MSWord and if you like the word wrap that notepad doesn't have.

it is also very small so putting it on a flash stick is very easy and does not take up any space.

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3 stars

"not the best"

February 09, 2009  |  By ResourcesOnline

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

Cool way to focus on what you are doing

Cons

None......

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4 stars

"cool looking utility, not very real world practical"

December 01, 2008  |  By josephfuentes

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

simple, attractive eye candy. While I think it gets its basic job done, writing a text file, its real purpose is to catch attention while you're at an internet cafe or somewhere publc. I know I've gotten the looks.

Cons

You have to break out of input mode (by pressing Esc) to get to tools like copy, paste. At that point it just turns into another txt processor.

Summary

It's like a MAC. Pretty to look at but not much there.

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5 stars

"A great and unique word processor"

November 23, 2008  |  By MyObsession

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

Fast and easy to use, very customisable for such a small program, ultra portable and no distractions.

Cons

Lacks image support (not a problem for writing - its ultimate purpose), and lack of save options (only in .txt and not .doc etc, which would be even better)

Summary

This program is great for anyone that likes to write without distraction. It's also great for doing coursework when there are so many other distractions (Beware the internet shortcut etc). Though it's not clear, the program is quite customisable. By pressing Esc and choosing Edt > Preferences (or using the shortcut), the font and size can be changed, as well as the font colour and background colour. Though the program is dark room for obvious reasons, if people fancy white text on a red background, it is simple and easy enough to do. The program is also super fast and low maintenance as there is no install, which means save the folder onto your desktop and there it is - also handy to carry around if you don't want to lug Open Office on your flash drive, just for image support and formatting.

Though it lacks image support, this really is a program for hardcore writers, which to them I'm sure makes it a must have program. It would be great if you could save as a MS Word, MS Works, or Open Office Doc, just to make it that bit more great - but otherwise a great all round which gets the thumbs up from me.

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5 stars

"perfect for what it's made for. I enjoy using it."

October 29, 2008  |  By Paddygrn

 |  Version: Dark Room 0.8b

Pros

easy to use

Cons

don't have any dislikes so far

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.8b
Version 0.8b adds neutral highlighting and cursor blink-rate control.
General
Publisher Dark Room Team
Publisher web site http://they.misled.us/dark-room/
Release Date May 14, 2007
Date Added May 14, 2007
Version 0.8b
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 46.18KB
File Name dark_room.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 47,464
Downloads Last Week 68
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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