[thanks to @viticci for the heads-up on this update] It’s very easy to get lost in thought while using OmmWriter Dana, and I suppose that’s Mission Accomplished as far as this free Mac app is concerned. OmmWriter reminds me a lot of WriteRoom: it’s a full-screen writing application with basic text file support (though you […]
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Quick Look: OmmWriter Dāna for Mac OS X

[thanks to @viticci for the heads-up on this update]

It’s very easy to get lost in thought while using OmmWriter Dana, and I suppose that’s Mission Accomplished as far as this free Mac app is concerned.

OmmWriter reminds me a lot of WriteRoom: it’s a full-screen writing application with basic text file support (though you can export in RTF). However, instead of just constructing a virtual writing room, OmmWriter aims to create a writing atmosphere, complete with ambient sounds, simple backdrops, and a minimal UI.

To say too much about OmmWriter could actually be taken as an insult, as I get the impression that the developers took pride in making a program that stays totally out of your way, but for a select number of little touches.

These touches include the customizable backgrounds, keyboard noises (yes, you can make each keystroke sound like a droplet of water), and ultra-soothing background music (I almost fell asleep while writing this – and I think that’s a good thing). OmmWriter even takes pains to block other Growl notifications, as well as the Menu Bar, so that you end up totally immersed in your writing.

However, if you ever want to do things like choose fonts, check word counts, or save your masterpiece, all you need to do is move your mouse and watch the whole interface fade in. It can take a little poking and prodding before you find out what each icon in the text-free UI means, but it’s really quite plainly laid out and easy to navigate.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of OmmWriter Dana (though there is a change list here), but I’m curious enough to consider a purchase of the paid version of the app, which provides more customization options. The commercial version of OmmWriter starts at about $4, although you’re free to hand over more money if the mood strikes.

Some people might find the whole concept a little hokey, but it’s interesting how OmmWriter makes me want to slow down, shut up, and just write.

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