I've reviewed plenty of simple text editors designed for writers. For my writing, I really desire only a few features:

  • Support for plain text.

  • Spell Czech.

  • Running word count.

Oddly enough, the last item is the most difficult to find. In fact, most text editors don't have a running word count, even though that's the metric most writing is measured by. In fact, the editor I'm using right now, from http://is.gd/writebox, didn't have that simple feature when I first started using it. I e-mailed the developer, and within hours, the feature was added to the application!

If you followed the link, you'll notice Writebox is a Chrome application that runs completely inside your browser. Because it's a Web application, when the running word-count feature was added, it instantly was available to all users. If a text-only editor with Dropbox syncing, off-line support and a running word count sounds like the text editor of your dreams, check out Writebox.


Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter


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I always wanted something similar but didn't knew the exact name for the application. Now, after reading this excellent article, and checking the homepage of the WriteBox, I will do some more reading and will begin using that offline text editor! It will definitely help me in my business tremendously. thanks again!


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I don't want to argue with technical assessment, however... this is something I can not tolerate:

Add Writebox?
* Access your data on write-box.appspot.com
* Access your tabs and browsing activity

There is also a Writer plugin. Worth to check if it costs you the same amount of privacy.

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Why doesn't google docs have

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I just wanted to point out that I enjoyed the "error" in the requirements about "Spell Czech" instead of "Spell Check"

Spell Czech

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Just try to spell out "Žluťoučký kůň úpěl šílené ódy"!

That's Sean for you ;) And

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That's Sean for you ;)

And that is one of the problems with spell checkers. They wouldn't report an incorrect usage of the word, only the problem with the word itself.

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After reading this, I took a look at the editor. I have to say I really like it. Very nice simple feel, I was just wondering if there is something close that's a stand alone application (For example, Nitro for task management started as a chrome app, but now installs on the desktop for linux systems, and that's what i use)

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