SimTypewriter - Typewriter Simulator

Created on Friday, March 13, 2009.
Filed under Software, Productivity.
 

SimTypewriter is a pared-down online and portable text editor for writers, meant to replicate the text input style of a typewriter to help you become more productive.

 

What is SimTypewriter?

SimTypewriter is a pared-down online and portable text editor for writers, meant to replicate the text input style of a typewriter to help you become more productive.

How does this increase productivity?

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If you need to write, you may have realised that you do better work when you’re writing with a pen or on a typewriter than with a word processor on a PC. I find that this is because a word processor has too many features: you can change fonts, you can change margins, alignments, colours, layouts, styles. You can go back to sentences and edit them, you can fix spelling and grammatical mistakes and delete blocks of text. When you are writing by hand or typewriting you can’t correct things and you can’t delete things, and so you must simply keep writing.

Features

  • No deleting or editing text.
  • No navigation with arrow keys (removes some temptation for editing).
  • Plays a carriage return lever sound when you press Enter! (I couldn’t get key sounds to play properly, or get sounds to play without a short pause, because these are shortcomings of Javascript and totally not my fault!)
  • Looks cool!

Where is it?

You can use SimTypewriter online or You can download a copy

How do I use it?

  1. Load it up.
  2. Type.
  3. Paste the contents into a word processor to save it. I didn’t implement saving because it would overcomplicate this simple software.

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