Software for Writers: q10

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8 Responses

  1. Ashish says:

    Downloaded and installed 🙂 Impressive. I was using Darkroom before but q10 beats it with word/char count features and yeah the typewriter effect. I’m lovin it 🙂
    Thanks for the post

  2. Dustin says:

    Ashish: Glad you’re liking it. The typewriter effect is the only thing that keeps me from deleting it; I so rarely use plain text (except for technical stuff like HTML, which I use a programming text editor for), but when I do, I love to hear the typewriter. Weird, huh? My only fear is that the unauthorized use of Amelie’s picture and the sound sample from the movie will get q10 shut down someday, and we’ll no longer have it to play with.

  3. Scott says:

    Q10 is a very nifty little app. I use JDarkRoom for my desktop minimalist writing needs (I use Linux). But I do have a copy of Q10 on a USB flash drive (which houses PortableApps) that I always carry around with me.

  4. I am just writing a general ‘thank-you’ here.

    I came here from another ‘writers blog’ and, when I have surfed yours a bit longer, I’m going to go back there and thank him for the excellent link to you! I recently found a full-screen (monochrome green against black; just like in the ‘bad old days’) that I liked but, just like in the ‘bad old days’, it didn’t have a word counter. For a blogger, that’s relatively important. It’s a serious pain to cut / paste / delete to use online word counters (although they otherwise work quite well and I want to thank those who have so generously provided them).

    My dream editor would be something along the line of Windows Live Writer that would allow full-screen editing of the text and place all the bells & whistles behind ctrl+key combinations. Then, when it came time to insert graphic elements, it could revert to WYSIWYG mode.

    * Full screen text only with the word count feature
    * User-selectable screen and text colors
    * delayed spelling check
    * WYSIWYG for graphics work.

    I don’t want a ton of programming stuff in a menu bar — I have minimal interest in programming; but it would be great to somehow resurrect the pure writing efficiency of Wordstar 2000 or Wordperfect or many of the earlier DOS-based efforts.

  5. Dustin says:

    Bill: Agreed. There is a plug-in for Windows Live Writer that will do a word count, though I’d prefer if they’d just add a running word count as in Word 2007 — especially if you could also get word counts for highlighted selections.

    Maybe because I came late in life to word processing (the first real one I used was Word in Win 95) I have no nostalgic feelings for the old days of white-on-blue. I had to use WP 5.5 in DOS for 8 months at a non-profit I worked at in 2000, and it was horrible. Absolutely hated it. Which maybe explains why Darkroom and such don’t do it for me. Q10 has enough going for it to make it interesting to me, but not enough to make it a regular part of my workflow. But I think folks who remember the DOS days more fondly probably find it more suitable.

  6. Hell Noire says:

    Scott, Q10 can run under Linux if you use WINE.

    Personally, I’m using Linux and Windows, a dual boot, but using more Linux then anything else. And that’s how I work it myself.

  7. Rob Oakes says:

    Very nice little find. A few months ago, I was searching in earnest for a program which helped simplify the brain dump phase of writing. In the process, I came accrossWriteSpace, an OpenSource Word Plugin that accomplished much the same thing.

    What’s funny is that I’ve found three separate phases to writing:

    1) Brain Dump/Outlining. This is the stage where DarkRoom/WriteSpace are by far the most useful. They help me focus purely on the ideas that I am trying to convey.
    2.) Exposition/Expansion. At this point, I come out of the dark (so to speak) and use the standard tools available in MS word to flesh out ideas, apply styles, etc.
    3.) Editing. At this stage, I like to go into Word 2007’s full screen reader mode. I have easy access to commenting/versioning tools and all of the other goodies that Word packs for review.

    It’s extremely nice to use a single program from start to end. (With sidetrips, of course, into EndNote and OneNote for references/notes.)

  8. Prem Rao says:

    Oh, man! That tip about F1 was so very important. When I downloaded q10 I was struggling to figure how it worked:)Thanks for an informative post