Q10 ReviewSubmitted by Earok on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 20:29
Since I used Q10 to write virtually all of my NaNoWriMo novel, I thought the least I could do for the guy who wrote it (other then make a donation, some one remind me to do that some day!) was to write some propaganda for him.
Q10 is a full screen text editor designed around the Philosophy of maximum productivity with minimal distractions. I am using it to write this very blog post infact, before I copy and paste it into my Drupal FCKEditor.
Here are ten of the reasons why I love Q10:
1. Distraction free
There are no formatting toolbars or drop down menus. It is full screen so everything else on your computer is hidden from view. Even the info bar at the bottom can be turned off.
It's literally just you and your words.
2. Light weight
Because it has a very tight feature set, it has an extremely small executable that will fit on virtually any pen drive. It will also fire up in a blink of an eye.
It's a nice change from typically overbloated Word Processors
3. Opens your last edited file on start up
Q10 assumes that you just want to continue working on whatever you were last doing. Why waste valuable seconds searching through your Hard Drive or scanning recently opened lists?
4. Easy to read
Staring at a bright white background can be hard on my eyes, and contrasting that with black text can be very distracting.
By default, Q10 has a black background and yellow/orange text. If it's still too hard for you to read, you can customise the colours any way you want to.
5. Word count targets
You can set a Word count target for yourself. The info bar at the bottom will show what percentage complete you have reached.
Personally, for NaNoWriMo I found it handy to just leave it at 1666 (The daily NaNoWriMo word count target). So for the second day I had to reach 200%, for the third I had to reach 300% etc etc.
6. Auto Save
Why click save every minute when Q10 can do it for you?
Also, you can have it autosave by number of paragraphs. If you set that option to one and your computer freezes later, you can rest easy knowing you have lost, at very most, a single paragraph from your entire body of work.
7. Alarm Timer
Q10 allows you to easily set an alarm, which is great for reminding you when you're supposed to take a breather.
When the time runs out, it also shows you how many words you've typed in that time. This makes it perfect for Word Wars! (Though I chickened out of participating in any such wars during NaNoWriMo)
8. 'Notes' functionality
Any paragraph that starts with '..' is considered a 'note' in Q10, though personally I think they work more like bookmarks.
You can jump to any note in your text file through a menu. Since all of my Chapter headings for my NaNoWriMo novel started with .. I could go instantly to any part of the story I wanted to work on.
9. It's for PC
Sure, there are some great full screen text editors out there. Unfortunately they are mostly Mac releases like Bean and WriteRoom.
Q10 is unashamedly a Windows only release.
10. It's free
Okay, so it's only Gratis (Freeware) and not Libre (Open Source), which might become a problem as the code base hasn't been updated in a while.
But software you don't have to buy to use or share is certainly nothing to be sneezed at. (Especially since some of the alternatives cost a pretty penny!)
If you want to give Q10 a shot, grab it from the Official Website here.