Full-screen writing program
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In computing, a full-screen writing program or distraction-free editor is a text editor that occupies the full display with the purpose of isolating the writer from the operating system (OS) and other applications. In this way one should be able to focus on the writing alone, with no distractions from the OS and a cluttered interface. Often distraction-free editors feature a dark background and a text field, with lighter colored text. However, most distraction-free editors include customisable user interfaces. Some editors support rich text editing.
List of full screen editors
Free and open-source
|Name||License||Linux||Other supported operating systems||p. lang.||Toolkit||Spell checker||Syntax highlighting||WYSIWYG||Notable aspects, references|
|Acme||LPL||Yes||Plan 9, Mac OS, Windows||Mouse chording; supports sending selected text through pipelines of programs; extensible & scriptable via any language.|
|CodeRoom||GPLv3||Yes||Mac OS, Windows||C++||Qt||No||QSyntaxHighlighter||supports syntax highlighting.|
|GNU Emacs||GPLv3||Yes||Unix, Mac OS, Windows||C, Emacs Lisp||curses, GTK+||Yes||Yes||Yes||supports syntax highlighting, programmable, several distraction-free packages available.|
|FocusWriter||GPLv3||Yes||Mac OS, Windows||C++||Qt||Enchant||Highly customizable, has basic .odt format support|
|gedit||GPLv2||Yes||Cross-platform||C||GTK+||Enchant||GtkSourceView||Unicode||full-screen with F11; part of GNOME Core Applications|
|KoalaWriter||GPLv3||Yes||Mac OS, Windows||C++||Qt||No||No||No||Clone of OmmWriter|
|LightWrite||Yes||Web based||Python||Django||Features save online, export to file and 2 color modes.|
|Marave||GPLv2||Yes||No||Python||Qt||Enchant||GNU source-highlight||Similar to OmmWriter, CreaWriter;|
|QuiEdit||GPLv3||Yes||Windows||Python||Hunspell||Yes||Markdown||basic text formatting.|
|RubyRoom||GPLv2||Yes||No||Ruby||GTK+||No||No||No||Latest version from 2009|
|TextRoom||GPLv3||Yes||Mac OS, Windows||C++||Qt (+GLib)||Hunspell||Supports rich text|
|Name||Operating system support||Notable aspects, references|
|Poe||Windows 8||Word count goals, writing timers, auto-correct and resource links. Windows 8 only.|
|FORCEdraft||Windows||Text editor that won't exit until the user's goal is reached.|
|DarkRoom||Windows||Clone of WriteRoom for Windows .NET|
|JDarkRoom||Linux, Mac OS, Windows||Clone of DarkRoom written in Java|
|Q10||Windows||Portable, has word count features|
|Writemonkey||Windows||Markdown Extra, Textile and WikiCreole support 
Donors can access plugins, including a corkboard and timer
|Calmly Writer Online||Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS||Distraction-free and responsive design |
|Write!||Windows||Markdown, spell-checker, distraction-free and responsive design |
|Name||Operating system support||Notable aspects, references|
|Bloom Editor||Windows||Uses 3D rendering for special effects and dynamic visual themes. Has a free limited version|
|CreaWriter||Windows||Clone of OmmWriter for Windows; has limited free version|
|iA Writer||Mac OS||Has iCloud and Dropbox integration, iPad and iPhone version, Focus Mode, and Markdown support|
|OmmWriter||Mac OS, Windows||Supports images as backgrounds, and a player for ambient music|
|Sublime Text||Linux, Mac OS, Windows||customisable, for programmers, has free trial version|
|Write Onward!||Windows||Fullscreen writing software disallowing editing, copying or pasting text to let writers focus solely on the writing process.|
|NaNoScriBe||Windows 8||Rich text, on-screen word count, goals and timers. Built-in nanowrimo stats page |
|ZenWriter||Windows||Simple, with background images and ambient music|
|Calmly Writer for Desktop||Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS||Distraction-free and responsive design |
|Moopato eBook Writer||Mac OS and Windows||Distraction-free wriitng and publishing of eBooks |
Rich text support
Some distraction-free editors support rich text editing. These include CreaWriter, TextRoom, and WriteRoom. In some cases, this feature turned off per default and must be set by a user.
Currently, only a few distraction-free editors support syntax highlighting. CodeRoom is an open source project with the purpose of creating a distraction-free code editor with customisable highlighting schemes. The latest version of Marave supports syntax highlighting. Sublime Text supports a distraction-free full-screen view. Packages exist for GNU Emacs that turn off various features and reformat the display to a distraction-free layout while retaining syntax highlighting and other features familiar to Emacs users..
Aids to writing
Word count is a common feature in these editors. Other aids can include spell checkers, auto-corrections and quick text templates.
Many of the programs include timers to pace writing. FocusWriter and WriteMonkey, among others, include typewriter sound effects.
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