Which of my itches do I scratch with Difree?

February 13, 2022

With Difree I have been scratching my itch. Here’s why.

In the past, I missed a tool, where I can write something longer and/or more meaningful, like a reply to an e-mail or a post on Reddit, in a simple manner without distractions.

Built-in editors in websites like Gmail, Reddit, or Slack leave much to be desired.

  1. Gmail’s text editor is poorly designed. By default, I have to write an e-mail in a small window, in the bottom right corner of the website.
  2. Slack’s text editor is full of distractions. While writing I am usually being bombarded with incoming messages.
  3. Reddit’s text editor is… well, both 🙂

My workaround was, I wrote the text aside in an external tool and then copy-paste it.

But I couldn’t have found the right external tool, e.g.

  1. Notepad sucked at formatting.
  2. Evernote was slow to start and difficult to write.
  3. MS Word is not free and cluttered.
  4. Google Docs is overcomplicated for this purpose.
  5. Google Keep is for taking short notes, not meaningful writing.

The only tool that partially worked for me was iA Writer. It looks neat, simple, and elegant. Writing is distraction-free. I used it quite often, but I missed two things. The ideal text editor for me should be handy and fast.

By handy, I mean I could work on many things. By fast, I mean open in a second.

This was when the idea of a simple, fast, and distraction-free editor came to my mind. Using the proven framework for text editors like Quill and making it easily accessible as a browser’s extension, seemed to be the fast lane.

The keynote for Difree is to build the text editor that is

  1. distraction-free
  2. fast
  3. handy

The question is, how we are doing?

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Written by Aleksander Jaworski who lives and works in Wrocław, Poland, co-creating Difree. You should follow us on Mastodon.

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