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File size:
413.34 KB
February 18, 2011
January 9, 2013

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Get instead Clean Writer Pro! 50% off, introductory price, faster, more stable and with new great features!
This old app remains here only as a backup solution for existing users and Snow Leopard compatibility and will no longer be updated.
More info on our website,
CleanWriter is a powerful minimalist text editor designed for real writers and creative people who need a simple powerful tool that removes the unessential and brings writing down to its core: the actual words. Its minimalist full screen writing mode boosts your creativity and inspiration.

Clean Writer is NOT a word processor. There is no individual font change, no custom alignment and only the most basic formatting. Extra options are hidden from sight, leaving you alone with your words.

Leave custom formatting and text beautifying in the hands of your publisher and word processing software. Use Clean Writer to focus on the really important task at hand - actually writing your stories.

CleanWriter clears the way for your imagination. Remove clutter, toolbars or functionality you don't really need. Go zen, go minimalist.

  • Recommended by Apple for Distraction-Free Writing in Apps for Writers
  • One of ReadWriteWeb's "6 Excellent Tools For Writing Without Distractions"
  • TheNextWeb's "Top 5 Minimalist Writing Applications for the Mac" - "Clean Writer represents your best value for money"

  • Import RTF, word documents and various other file types and have them automatically converted to plain text format or RTF format
  • Rich Text Format with basic formatting options: Bold, Italic, Underline, paragraph first line indent size

  • Per window Lion fullscreen mode
  • Lion Autosave & Versioning
  • Uses stylish autohiding Lion scrollbars
  • Remains fully compatible with Snow Leopard OSX

  • Zen-like interface with only essential features in sight (all others can be accessed from the Preferences window)
  • Edit your documents in fullscreen mode or windowed
  • 4 color themes easy on your eyes, such B/W, Light on Black or Hacker.

  • Word, character and line counters, with live updating
  • Default fonts not enough? You can now use your own writing font
  • Chose the page width that suits you - from narrowest to extra wide
  • Enable/disable extensive grammar and spelling settings
  • Allow hiding of more UI elements for an even more minimalist result

  • Uses standard shortcuts and interface
  • Find and replace, Undo, OSX-powered Text-to-Speech and other standard system features

    The right balance of powerful features with a distraction free environment. For staying focused while working on your next masterpiece, CleanWriter is the answer.

  • What's New
    IMPORTANT! Get Clean Writer Pro instead!
    50% off introductory price, brand new on the Mac App Store

    More info on our website,
  • Fixed minor stability issues
  • Fixed bug with Search on Snow Leopard
  • added mechanism for delivering important developer messages

  • CleanWriter (net.alexbrie.cleanwriter) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/

    Minimum OS version: 10.6

    Copyright: (c) 2011, Alexandru Brie