Slimmed-down editor for creative writers

runs on Mac
screenshot of Creo

Generally, when you choose a tool to use for getting a job done, it's with an eye to making the job easier. Part of that is in choosing the right tool: you wouldn't choose to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring, right? But what about computer apps. Sometimes the tool that looks like the right one really isn't the best tool for the job.

With most word processors, you can type a story or write a report, but they do bunches of other stuff as well. If you need all that added functionality, then you're in good shape, but if what you really want is just a quick and easy to get text into your machine, it may be overkill. You might find yourself being less productive, as you fiddle around with formatting, tables, embedded images, and a bunch of other goodies that do nothing to get your text into your computer.

Creo is an editor that is built specifically to avoid all those unwanted bells and whistles. Fire up the app and start typing. It's got a small footprint, so it starts quickly and doesn't hog your hard drive. It has the smallest possible number of buttons and other controls so that you can focus on getting your work done, rather than being distracted by all those shiny objects. No more spending too much time choosing just the right font or margins.

Creo is a Mac application. It runs under OS X 10.5 and later. While you can use it for free, the author suggests that if you receive any benefit from it that you may want to throw some money their way.

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