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FountainPen 1.0

A Provisional Release of the Best Fountain Yet

For Lion, Mountain Lion, and Snow Leopard. Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Newer is Required.

For the more adventurous individuals, try out the newest FountainPen today. We completely re-wrote it to provide better stability, more flexibility, and a refined interface. Should you update now? Scroll past the new features for details…

Special New Features in 1.0

  • The Central Compositions window has been expanded into The Notebook System—in addition to the Central Compositions notebook, you can have any number of other notebooks to keep track of works according to project or category. All of your notebooks are available directly from the Notebook menu.

  • Expandable, extendable Output functions. In addition to the Markdown-to-HTML, -Rich Text, and -InDesign® output formats FountainPen has always had, Output now includes MultiMarkdown in all its standard variants. Furthermore, FountainPen features an extendable system of Output Processors, so anyone can make and easily plug in new functions and formats. (This is described in greater detail on the website.)

  • Even Less Friction Up-Front. Now you can make a new composition with one button-press and instantly start writing. Your composition will be saved within the current notebook without intervention, and you can set the name whenever you feel like it. No more pestering about titles and such when you create a composition.

  • Refined, “Simple Paper” look. Visual noise is reduced in the simple paper look that composition windows now sport. It’s just that: a simple piece of paper, with a small handful of controls at the top and bottom.

  • Direct Plain-Text Support. FountainPen can now natively work with Unicode plain-text files, including those with Markdown-specific extensions. UTF-8 is supported, as well as UTF-16 (BOM).

  • New Slim File Format. The default format for FountainPen compositions is now simpler and slimmer, allowing better interchange to other platforms that don’t support Cocoa. (For the technically inclined, it’s simply gzip-compressed XML.)

  • Draggage and Droppage. It’s a small detail, but a big time-saver. You can now drag FountainPen-compatible documents directly into and out of notebooks.

Keeping your Old FountainPen

We still haven't worked out all the bugs. If you would prefer to wait for the final release, ignore this update until version 1.1. Or, you can update, and still switch back to the old FountainPen. But you need to make sure it doesn’t get wiped out by the auto-updater first:

  1. Hold the command ⌘ key while clicking FountainPen’s icon in the Dock. This will reveal it in the Finder, probably in the Applications folder. You don’t need to quit FountainPen or close this window.

  2. With FountainPen selected in the Finder, choose Duplicate from the File menu. You’ll now have a backup copy of the current version called, reasonably enough, “FountainPen Copy.” You can leave this name or change it to whatever you like, but it’s this copy that will be preserved after the update.

  3. Come back here and install the update.

FountainPen (com.eightt.fountainpen) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is FountainPen 1.0. The most popular version of this application used by our users is FountainPen 0.7.

Operating System: Mac

Default Install Path: /Applications/

Minimum OS version: 10.5

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2011 Eightt. Open Source GNU GPL v3.