Review: WriteRoom 2.3
Posted 27 November 2008 - 08:16 AM
That's a pretty high rating for an app with such serious cons, don't you think? I got WriteRoom 1.0 when it was free and found it to be pretty cool.
That said, it should have remained a free app. Perhaps Jesse could have solicited donations for those who are so inclined, but I certainly didn't find it so compelling that I would pay for an "upgrade."
I just don't see the programming effort going into WriteRoom that would make it worth it. It seems like a comp sci class project -- not that it isn't well done, it's just that I cannot see paying so much for it.
Posted 27 November 2008 - 09:35 AM
While we're on the topic of "unitasker" applications, I was talking to another writer/editor this week about how someone needs to create one that'll do one thing well--read text aloud as a way to proof. Mistakes we never see reading magically appear when a text is read aloud. Also, it'd be great for checking quotations and comparing scanned text with the original. I can proof an OCRed text at about 150 wpm that way. I doubt I can get above 25 wpm looking from screen to book and back. And the former is more accurate and less tiring.
The problem is that Apple's standard text-to-speech features (taken up by many applications) only allow programmers to read either the entire text of a document starting at the beginning or a selected block of text in its entirety. What's needed is an application that starts reading at the cursor, highlights each word as it is read, and stops (for text correction) on command. It'd also be helpful if it had a mode where it would state punctuation aloud, saying "colon" for a colon and "semi-colon" for a semi-colon. It should also scroll to keep the text being read on screen.
A one-trick pony? Yes, but a very handy little pony.
Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:58 AM
Posted 27 November 2008 - 08:07 PM
When there are excellent free programs that offer similar features, $25 is definitely too expensive.
Posted 28 November 2008 - 02:27 PM
Y'see, where I have a problem is the high cost for a relatively simple program. With all that is built-in to Cocoa, creating an app like WriteRoom shouldn't be that big an effort. Maybe that plug-in mojo that worked in Tiger, but has yet to work in Leopard is tricky enough to fetch a high fee, but the basic functionality is, well, basic.
If I were a "far, far better" coder than Jesse and he charges $25 for an app that does one thing, then I'd have to charge $100 for an app that does nothing. ;)
Posted 29 November 2008 - 08:06 PM
Posted 03 December 2008 - 07:24 PM
The simplicity of a tool that just works is nice to have in WriteRoom .vs. Word.