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By Hog Bay Software

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Plain text productivity for geeks. As you type, FoldingText auto-formats your document into sections, lists, and paragraphs. Fold sections to see the big picture. Focus to see the details.

“An incredibly easy-to-use combination of plain text based tools.”
– Pierre Wizla,

“It seems kind of crazy until you start to use it for a bit. Then, it seems like magic.”
– Patrick Rhone,

• Plain text
• Outline formatting
• Fold and Focus to see

Surprisingly Adept
• Capture your thoughts
• Write clear, focused documents
• Organize your work, to-dos, and more.

Plain Text Productivity
• Writing
• Planning
• Scheduling
• To-do Lists
• Note-taking
• And more…

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Note: I'm sorry it's been so long since the last update. A new update is on the way. It will be a free update. It's fixes many problems with the current release and adds lots of new stuff too. I don't have a release date, but it's been my main development focus since early fall. If you want to try out development versions of this next release you can get them here:


Jesse Grosjean

What's New in Version 1.2.2

Re-enabled iCloud support which was accidentally disabled in the last release. Sorry about that!


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Customer Reviews

Great app, but work remains to make it essential

I use this app occasionally when I am feeling like working in the space between a "writing" app and an outliner. FoldingText exists in the thin sliver of overlapping space between those, and does that quite well. Given that context, I believe that: (1) FoldingPaper is very expensive for occasional use, (2) should provide (or at least migrate to) a more robust writing and outlining environment, and (3) should allow me to save files as .txt or .md (nitpick, I know, but for the next stage in my writing I really don't want to have to edit the extenstion to make the file readable in other, more powerful, writing environments).

I own WriteRoom and TaskPaper as well, with the later getting the most frequent (almost daily) use. I am OK with "financing" the development of these products because I like the direction they are headed. However, I recognize that they are not completely realized and that can be frustrating. BUYING ADVICE: if you are willing live a bit closer to the edge than most, FoldingText is an intriguing app for what it does; otherwise using something more standard.

It would be nice if Hog Bay would better support their applications

Jesse tends to start working on something, get it out there and in a marginal state, and then move on to the next thing, effectively stranding the last application.

FoldingText shows a LOT of promise, but the last update was MONTHS ago and there are real issues. He’s currently working on an in-browser app called “Oak” I believe which will MAYBE have some of its technology folded back into FoldingText.

But we had Hog Bay Outliner abandoned for Mori, which was then abandoned for WriteRoom and TaskPaper, which have largely been abandoned for FoldingText, which was left half-done and now he’s working on something else. Is this abandoned? I don’t know, but it would really be nice if it seemed like he cared about supporting and iterating on his products until they were mature, not getting them to toddler stage and letting them wander into the road, only to get hit by a truck.

Not ready yet… might never be at this rate

I am a big fan of the idea behind this program, and was happy to pay top (overpriced) dollar. I use it pretty much daily for my to-do list management. That being said, I will not use it for anything more complex than a short list, though. This software is not really ready for prime time. This is not just about obvious features to be added, such as the ability to print your document with WYSIWYG formatting. There are also major bugs that cause you to lose all the text that you have been editing. This is a pretty major problem for a text editor.
Unfortunately, there have been updates at all for nearly half a year, and the few updates that did come out were relatively minor. Unless there is evidence that this software is currently in development, I would not recommend investing in it. This is a real shame, since I think that FoldingText could have had a great future.

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  • $24.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: May 09, 2013
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 4.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Korean
  • Seller: Jesse Grosjean

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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