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Hi again, :). I messed up. I hadn't finished writing the newsletter you received a few minutes ago; which I sent to all of my newsletter subscribers without first making sure I wasn't forgetting something (which indeed was the case).
I only remembered that I hadn't left a section of the newsletter incomplete moments after I sent it out.
I guess that's okay, though. Even better; it's somewhat hilarious. I must admit that I did micro-panic when I realized that I had sent this issue of the newsletter out unfinished, and that I could no longer undo this. But I remembered that it's okay. This newsletter was never meant to look perfect. It's a fun experiment; and both—fun, and experiments—include room for mistakes.


I was supposed to describe what I found out about some text editors I tried out on Windows in the first part of this issue of the newsletter, but I completely forgot about writing the actually-meaningful part of the section and sent the email out moments before realizing what I had done.
Anyway, here's what I found out from my trial of these text edtors:
  • Microsoft Notepad: Simple, reliable, fast, featureless. Line width is not adjustable.
  • Ghostwriter: Highly customizable. Lightweight, but sufficiently-featured. Launches slower than Notepad. Highly customizable. Supports Markdown.
  • Typora: Simple, clean, fast. Not bloated. Has themes. Anti-aliased in a way that makes reading unnecessarily painful, which is a known issue. Not a free program. Supports Markdown, and is quite customizable. Great for writing large bodies of text.
  • Laverna: Slow, crashing, problematic, code editor with live preview. Buggy. Supports Markdown.
  • MarkText: Does not start instantly. Great interface with a subtle, well-designed word counter. Super readable. Sufficiently customizable. Perfect for writing large bodies of text. Supports Markdown.
  • FocusWriter: Bad. Just bad. Don't use it.
  • Abricotine: Slow to launch or access settings. Can be themed. Super basic and acceptable. Nothing special. Acceptable but average typoraphy. Supports Markdown.
  • Vim: Launches instantly. It's like Windows Notepad, but better. Has some really nice features. Customizable.
  • Evernote: Slow. Does not work offline. Extremely bloated. More of a service than an app. Can sync to folders on PC. Not yet available on Linux but that's WIP. Nearly zero customizability, but a lot of features. A very specific and specialized UI. Great for collaboration.
  • MS Word: Too bloated and slow. Visually cluttered. Stuck on a proprietary format nobody needs to use anymore. Meant for documents; which kind of doesn't make sense because all text files are documents.
  • WordPad: Much faster than MS Word but dated. Still meant for documents, and visually cluttered.
  • Left: Lightweight, fast, bloat-free, versatile. Has some really useful features despite being ultra lightweight; is truly cross-platform. Runs on extremely low power and therefore is lightning fast. Supports markdown.


Note to self: Proofread before publishing.
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