updated 08:05 pm EDT, Mon October 31, 2011
Now fully Lion-compatible, new theme options
The full-screen word processor WriteRoom is now at version 3.0, which has been re-written to support OS X Lion. It also now makes it easier for users to create and share "themes" or custom settings, and features optional ways to track writing progress through the use of session tracking and logging. The program also offers reading time statistics, faster handling of large documents and more.
The program offers a customizable, full-screen writing environment for distraction-free creative processes, and now incorporates Lion's own full-screen mode (as well as its original full-screen option), scrollbars, autosave and auto-resume options. WriteRoom features commands to allow for shifting lines around as well as select word, sentence and paragraph commands. It also gives authors on-the-fly statistical information such as live word counts and "reading time," the amount of time it would take an average reader to get through a defined portion of what's been written.
Users can use built-in or external background images, paper textures and typing sounds in the program, and v3 offers even faster handling of large documents. The new session controls allow for statistics to be exported to spreadsheets, such as word count per session or other data.
WriteRoom 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later, and is available for $10 for new customers on the Mac App Store. WriteRoom v2 users can upgrade for free if they bought within the last year, and older-version users can upgrade for $5. An iPhone version is also available.