We are all accustomed to using popular word processing applications such as MS Office (Windows PC) and Text Edit (on a Mac). However, some of you may be unaware that there are many methods to write out your story. This suggests the use of text editors. In short, text editors allow you to “de-stress” in a format which is a strip down to a basic level. What that means is that the text is stripped of its formatting. Text editors and word processors use the Rich Text Format (RTF) and Plain Text format. RTF files support text style formatting, as well as images within the text, in addition to the standard formats that we all know about.
Here are some editors that you can use. Trial and error is the best way to figure out what works for you. Although these editors are for writing computer code, you can use them for just about anything, such as a business note, a poem or even a short story. Although these editors can be used for the above what they’re really meant for is writing code.
1. Sublime Text – runs on both Mac and Windows
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, mark-up and prose.
“You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance. Click on “download” in the top navigation bar. Depending on whether your Windows version is 32-bit or 64-bit you should download the corresponding version. Mac OS X 10.6 or later is required.”
“Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment.”
3. WordPad on Windows
A powerful tool built into Windows, “WordPad also has some very nice features for the casual writer, who doesn’t need to track changes and perform some of the more advanced functions that come with MS Word.”
4. Text Edit on Mac
Text Edit is the built in text editor on the Mac. It is a very capable word processing application and for most people it will be the only word processor they will need. “Before running out to buy Microsoft Word (or another industrial-strength and expensive) word processing program for your Mac, remember that Apple includes a respectable word processor with OS X. The program is Text Edit, and it calls the Applications folder home.”
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