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Distraction free writing

Article by Michal Szota (devoted to complaints about Apple’s Leopard) mentioned WriteRoom, word processor for Macs.

The main feature of this program is its ability to open full screen and hide all the elements except for the text itself.

I love the idea. I wanted something like this for some time already.

I think idea of removing distractions will be a big topic for the future.

Even now I would appreciate to have a magic key which would make all the clutter disappear and leave visible only the thing I am working on. Preferably, it would block alt-tab combination and require a password for coming out of the isolation.


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  1. Dave
    January 16th, 2009 | 9:08 pm

    OMG i love how you spoke about having some sort of setting to block everything but what you are working on and even going as far as saying there should be a password you need to type in to get out of where you are.

    I like the idea a lot though i think more people need to speeak up about such a feature if they want one. I personally like the idea of having a physical switch on the side of a lap top or something like it. – i figure that it provides a physical feeling of structure to what you are doing when you would click it on and off and because its off screen- disabling it(while easY) is not a mere few clicks away from being by passed. I think having a physical button would make it much better because it would force you to kinda look away from what your doing in order to switch it and thus also relax your mind and make you think about what you are doing.

  2. January 22nd, 2009 | 3:52 pm

    Well, I moved to Mac since writing this, and Mac seems, at least initially, even more distraction prone than windows. This is due to absence of Pc’s culture of working with just one maximized window.

    But now I think I have already developed Mac work style that I’m satisfied with. One useful helper is option-command-H shortcut, which leaves but an active window visible. There is another one to hide also the dock which I don’t recall.

    But even better is a full screen zoom, as easy as control+scroll mouse. I can focus on a section of the screen, magnified, with everything else out of view. I’m using it just now for this comment box.