FocusWriter Portable

FocusWriter Portable

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.4.4
File Size:
7.53MB
Date Added:
June 03, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
3,733
Downloads Last Week:
70
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

FocusWriter Portable is a word processing program designed to eliminate distractions, so you can settle into the task at hand quickly. With a customizable interface and an emphasis on productivity, this program lets you shape your writing experience in a unique way to help maximize your productivity.

Pros

Themes and images: In this program, you can set your own themes and add background images to create an environment more conducive to writing. You can also adjust these settings, depending on your mood or the type of writing you need to get done.

Data selection: In order to maximize your productivity, you can also choose to see only the type of data you want. Options include displaying word count, page count, paragraph count, and character count. You can also adjust page size by setting the number of words, characters, or paragraphs you want to appear per page.

Cons

Spell check bugs: There is a Spell Check function in this program, but it doesn't work. Even manually running it on deliberately misspelled words yielded no results.

Bottom Line

FocusWriter doesn't come with a lot of the bells and whistles available on other word processing programs, but that's by design. Its goal is to let you create the best working environment for you, and since it's free, it's worth checking out to see if it's a good fit for your needs.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "Distraction-free yet why transparency"

    September 15, 2014   |   By craigminah

    Version: FocusWriter Portable 1.4.4

    Pros

    Simple and effective

    Cons

    Not really distraction free due to the stupid transparent window.

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  • 5 stars

    "Oh, Sublime Grey!"

    December 16, 2013   |   By D__Blaze

    Version: FocusWriter Portable 1.4.4

    Pros

    Oh, sublime grey!
    The rich hue of everywhere
    Everywhere, all at once!
    Oh, mesmerizing ash,
    You hypnotize like a goat;
    We will both stare until you fall over
    Dead.

    Stare, goat!
    Decipher the microfiche behind my retinas.
    Assault my Fourth Amendment rights!
    Reach your tongue into the corners of my evening,
    Curl about my house and fall asleep.

    You are not a webcam, grey!
    You don't recognize the
    length of my lashes when I look
    Beneath.
    You are greyness, grey!
    You lie beneath.

    Colors are the lavish luxuries of life,
    Greyness is a flute.
    Play any zany tune you like,
    It's up to you.

    Halfway between darkness and light,
    A silverine goddess meets a
    Glistening knight.
    With ropes of platinum threads your grasp tightens and you
    Stare, beyond my eyes.
    You stare, stare, stare, stare, stare,
    You stare like a crucified Jesus Christ.
    Nothing is either black nor white.
    Grey is the nuanced color of the wise.

    Greys are the skies we inhabit.
    Greys are the ashes of mind.

    Greys are goats about to die.

    Cons

    I know of none.

    Summary

    A word processor that makes the screen grey to reduce distractions while writing

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  • 4 stars

    "Just not sure"

    October 31, 2013   |   By schmeer

    Version: FocusWriter Portable 1.4.4

    Pros

    Hope to find some.

    Cons

    I'd like to see the top bar all the time. Spell checker does not seem to work. It's on to check as i write but does nothing. Click to check words i know are totally wrong but it does nothing.

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  • 5 stars

    "An indispensable tool in any writers arsenal"

    October 15, 2013   |   By Ninjaflow

    Version: FocusWriter Portable 1.4.4

    Pros

    Background images
    Fullscreen
    Daily goal count

    Cons

    None if you know what this is and what this is not

    Summary

    I am a writer by profession and I use plenty of softwares. Evernote for daily document management, finaldraft for scripts, but this tool is simply a pleasure to use. For a creative writer you sometimes simply need to get in the mood. The whole feature of background images for fullscreen is brilliant. Very very glad I found this (totally by chance)

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