Download Writing Editor - Best Software & Apps

  • Microsoft Word 2013

    15.0.4805.1003

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    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    One of the best word processors gets even better

    6
    11824 votes
    • PROS: Ribbon interface is easier to navigate, Performance improvements all around, Great reading mode, Documents and settings synced with Skydrive, Easy photo import
    • CONS: No Windows XP support, No escape from the ribbon interface, Some tools are hard to find
  • Wattpad

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Web Apps
    Java
    iPhone
    BlackBerry

    A huge library of ebooks in your pocket

    8
    189 votes
    • PROS: Huge selection of eBooks, Auto scroll, Personalized library, Customize the reader, Well organized book browser
    • CONS: Ugly user interface, Requires internet connection
  • Final Draft

    8.0.2

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    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    The professional solution for script writers

    6
    74 votes
    • PROS: Lets you concentrate on writing, Automatically formats scripts to industry standards, Integrated with Scrivener
    • CONS: May be unstable at times, No big changes in this version
  • Storybook

    2.1.15

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Organize plots, characters and scenarios for your next book

    6
    254 votes
    • PROS: Very helpful tool for writers, Use a color code for optimized management
    • CONS: No word processor included
  • Write or Die

    License
    free
    Platform
    Web Apps

    Hit your word count by beating the clock

    7
    44 votes
    • PROS: Great time management tool, Several difficulty levels available, Specify your own grace period and consequence modes
    • CONS: Word count isn't always accurate
  • Ommwriter

    Dana I

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A tranquil, no-hassle writing experience

    7
    62 votes
    • PROS: Gorgeous but minimalist interface, Lovely typing sounds, Ability to change text size and font
    • CONS: Limited document type save options, No ability to customize sounds or background
  • yWriter

    5.2.0.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Good alternative text editor for writers

    7
    87 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Multiple categories in which to organize your projects, Built-in word counter, New project wizard for first-time users, Auto-check feature for new versions
    • CONS: Plain interface
  • Tex-Edit Plus X

    4.9.16

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    Platform
    Mac

    Simple and functional text editor

    6
    34 votes
    • PROS: Provides a distraction free writing environment, Very easy to use
    • CONS: Limited features, No universal binary or developer support
  • iA Writer

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone

    Cool Tool for Writers

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    No votes yet
    • PROS: Very easy to get to grips with, Exports directly to WordPress
    • CONS: Only for Mac users, No genre templates available
  • iA Writer: Note, write, edit.

    1.3.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Enhanced digital writing software for smartphones

    10
    1 vote
    • PROS: A handy syntax and grammar editor is included within this package , It is possible to save a file under multiple different formats if desired
    • CONS: Only three languages are currently supported by iA Writer., There is currently no free version of this software available for download.
  • iBooks Author

    2.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Create stunning multi-touch books for iPad and Mac

    6
    47 votes
    • PROS: Lots of templates, Easy to use, Add multimedia easily, Publish books in minutes, Exports to iBook, PDF and Text format, Preview books in iBooks for Mac
    • CONS: Requires an iPad to preview books, Books can only be sold in iBookstore
  • PSPad

    4.5.4.2356

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Simple code editor for writing a selection of programming languages

    9
    200 votes
    • Montage

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      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Montage saves and restores the state of applications running...

      8
      5 votes
      • Scrivener

        2.5

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        Platform
        Mac
        iPhone

        Excellent editor and project manager for writers

        8
        35 votes
        • PROS: Helps you organize a book more easily, Lots of different writing templates, Useful corkboard, Suitable for writers and teachers alike
        • CONS: May be unstable/buggy at times
      • Writer

        varies-with-device

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        A free Productivity app for Android

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        No votes yet
        • Smultron

          6.0.2

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          Platform
          Mac

          Versatile text editor for all writing needs

          7
          67 votes
          • PROS: Suitable for writers and programmers, Slick viewing options, Color codes programming
          • CONS: Limited editing options
        • MasterWriter

          License
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          Platform
          Windows

          Inspiration for your song writing

          5
          37 votes
          • WriteRoom

            2.3.7

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            Platform
            Mac

            Distraction-free writing environment

            8
            6 votes
            • PROS: Reduces distractions from the Net, Easy to use and get going, Calm and clean writing environment
            • CONS: Very few formatting features, Not essential - better to turn off any distractions and use an advanced word processor
          • Texpad

            1.7.41

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            Platform
            Mac

            Harness the power of LaTeX with Texpad

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            • PROS: Simple interface, Fast and robust
            • CONS: Limited output search, Intrusive error messages
          • DzSoft PHP Editor

            4.2.7.7

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            Platform
            Windows

            Powerful tool for writing and testing PHP scripts and HTML pages

            7
            21 votes
            • PROS: Run & Preview option, Explorer for all includes, functions, variables, classes, Syntax check, Code templates and functions libraries
            • CONS: Dated interface, Highlighting not discriminate enough (variables same as functions), No auto-indent/auto-formatting
          Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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