This little app the perfect fit for those like myself who are seeking an alternative to Word. I’ve tried many others including OpenOffice but always run into the same issues that I’m trying to get free from. Though this is called DocWriter, I find it most useful for reading documents. It has the features I actually use, like setting my own default font for plain text. It allows me to save in plain text too without hassle. It has speech capability built-in, auto-save, and the ability to hide/show toolbars, rulers etc. It has a live word count and a spell checker that allows me to add words I use a lot. It allows me to turn off spell-check while typing. I’ve been waiting for this app to come along ever since being forced to upgrade to Word 2008 back in OS 10.7. And now, can finally cut the cord to Word altogether.
One of the best and feature-laden free word processing apps. This is an excellent, low-bandwidth app perfect for folks seeking an editing app that is compatible with but with a smaller footprint than Microsoft Word.
Many of the standard features are here: tables, list, spell check, search and replace, and decent editing and formatting tools. It’s well designed, so starting writing projects is easy and intuitive, and saving docs in a range of formats (including .docx) is simple. The interface is spare but attractive. Most of the functions are quickly available on the menu bar or in drop-down menus. I did miss the format painter (a Word feature I use a lot), but Doc Writer devs figured out a way to McGuyver that function.
The only issue I’ve encountered so far is that I believe the keyboard shortcut for “spelling and grammar” (CMD-:) should open the tool itself (the box with the “learn”, “ignore”, etc buttons) rather than go to the nearest misspelled word.
Thank you to the Developer for this great app!
Update for v 1.0.5. Well, so much for kudos. As is often the case with updates, this one broke what was the ideal little app. Now most of the documents I try to open with it fail with the message: “DocWriter can’t open this type of file ‘Any Type’. Very unfortunate. Glad I had a backup of v 1.0.1!
Doc Writer is a magic, easy-to-use word processor. You can easily view and edit many kinds of documents.
• Support doc, docx, rtf, rtfd, txt, odt format.
• Word & page count.
• Autosave document.
• Insert table & picture. (Purchased Only)
• Print document. (Purchased Only)
• Export files to PDF, DOC and RTF. (Purchased Only)
• Remove all ads. (Purchased Only)