FocusWriter 1.6

Stay focused on your writing without any distractions.
5.0  (1 vote)
1.6.5 (See all)

FocusWriter is more than just a word processor for your Mac. With help, you can stay focused on your writing, without being distracted by other running programs. The application also enables you to set daily writing goals, provides you with detailed statistics based on your progress, etc.

This utility lets you customize the appearance of its interface according to your needs. You can switch between multiple background themes or choose which buttons to be displayed on its main toolbar.

Furthermore, the app lets you set timers and daily goals, automatically checks if your text contains any spelling errors, and allows you to choose between multiple output formats. You can toggle fullscreen mode by hitting a certain key combination, a feature that comes in handy if you want to immediately hide everything from your desktop and stay focused on your writing.

The only thing that I'd change would be merging the Find and Replace screens into a single window.

All in all, FocusWriter is an efficient and useful utility. It offers you many features, is very simple to handle, and comes without a price. So, you should definitely give it a try if you're looking for an alternative to using your Mac's text editor.

Ashley Griggs
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Review summary


  • Customizable interface
  • You can set goals
  • Provides you with statistics
  • Comes with a built-in spell checker
  • Lets you choose from various output formats


  • It would be more productive if Find and Replace screens would merge into a single window
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