By Benjamin Chan
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Imagine is practical writing at its best. A simple, clean, readable layout and all you'd ever expect from a simple text editor, but so much more. You no longer need TextEdit, or Word. Imagine can do it all for you, in a faster, more beautiful package.
- Adjustable font and font size
- Eight background colors
- More beautiful layout
- Live word count
- Lightweight and fast, opens in seconds
▶EXPECT FAR MORE IN THE FUTURE!◀
Version 1.1 is just the first step. Markdown, better plain text editing, and bug fixes are all on my radar.
My name is Ben, and I'm a high school senior. It means more than anything to me for you to download and support my work.
What's New in Version 1.1
- New Icon
- small bug fixes
What a beauty! A very weak beauty.
I love the simplicity and the asthetic elegance of this app. It lives up to the Mac OS X standard on that end. It has a good name and nice icon too. However, there is a tremendous lack of features. With only the features given, I would imagine that this app could be useful for making drafts, instructions, and basic notes. For things like essay-writing, there needs to be font size and family formatting settings. The critical, missing features are pictures, printing, pagination, and listing/bullets. Greater exporting formats options like PDF would vastly increase the compatability of documents made by this app with other systems, which is always great. With these improvements, there should also be an option for "New Plain Text Document" in the File menu. Since this is a really simple app, mixing in iCloud support and adding an iOS counterpart would make it amazing. For a 1.x, this is good stuff. I suggest looking at the new Gmail composer as an example to find ways for improving. There is a lot of potential over here. I'll be anxiously looking forward to the next version.
Pretty good for writing, but maybe a little *too* simple
Imagine is great for quick notes, even writing long stuff like essays and articles. Paired with Divvy, I use it to organize to-do lists for complex projects.
As far as I can tell, the "title" area of the editor has no significance outside of the app, which is unfortunate. If you add a title, it doesn't transfer to when you open the files in a different editor.
One feature I wish Imagine had is the ability to change the default margins within the editor window. In web design, it's common knowledge that the best 'measure' for readability is 50-80 characters per line. Imagine's default window allows for 39 characters across, which is a little short, IMHO, and why I rated it 4 stars. The ability to change the default margins would solve this for each writer's individual tastes and would bump my rating to 5 stars.
Great! But the dealbreaker for me is...
This application is very nice. It's simple yet elegant.
I currently use Byword, but I could not switch to Imagine because:
This is NOT a plain-txt editor. It is .RTF.
I work with plain text files because I like to copy and paste text and remove all formatting from it, then copy the text from this application when I'm done writing and paste it into a full-fledged word processor for further formatting. I cannot do that with this app because it has formatting of it's own, and this tends to conflict with my workflow.
I'm sure a lot of you out there are like me on this, you write in a simple plain-text editor, then move to a full-fledged word processor for editing, but I cannot see myself doing that with this app unless the developer moves to Markdown/plain text or adds an option to do that.