Write Monkey is a writing app that takes the clutter from your desktop, giving you a distraction free space where you can write. If you're trying to finish a book, or just write an email or blog post in peace, an application like this can help.
When you first open Write Monkey, which doesn't require installation, the color scheme is a pretty garish black with green ink. Thankfully, you don't have to use this Matrix-like scheme and can choose the paper/ink color combination you like. In full screen mode, you have simply a plain background and your text in the center.
However, don't let this minimalism fool you, as there's actually quite a lot to Write Monkey. Right-click and a plethora of options pop up. There's a spell checker, and a look up tool that will look up results on any word or phrase from a good selection of online resources like Wikipedia. You can also check your progress, which first requires setting up your parameters. Enter a time and word count target, and you will be able to easily track your productivity.
If you miss the typewriters of old, there's an option to turn on sound effects that mimic typewriters really well. There's even a bell sound when you hit return!
Of course, this isn't a full featured word processor, and is missing all the formatting options found in those programs. Saving is only in .TXT format too, which isn't very advanced, but does mean you can open these files in pretty much any program you please!
Write Monkey is a simple and fairly flexible way to create a quiet space in which to concentrate solely on your writing.
- added: UI language packs
- added (new in 2.0 preview2): Decent "syntax coloring" engine
- added (new in 2.0 preview2): Inline comments solution