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Q10 - Free Writing Software (Detailed Review)
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Q10 is a simple, stable, fast and distraction free text editor. Following is a detailed article, full review of the software and tips and guidance as how its functions work. Below are listed all its features and a bit of deficiencies. Go till the end, you might find an amazing software to suit your needs, as I have.
I had been searching a simple, light, distraction-free, fast yet powerful writing software to use as an alternative for Microsoft Office. After some research, I found a software named 'Writeroom'. It was labeled as a distraction free and powerful writing tool, but the only problem I found that this software was for Mac users only.
After some more research, I found a same software for Windows PC. It was named as 'Darkroom'. It was a full-screen text editor with few distractions. I used it but did not find it comfortable. To me, it was a little unsatisfactory. If you will use it, you will get an idea of what I am talking about. Anyway, I kept on with my research journey.
Then I found 'Q10' and I am completely satisfied with it. It is an amazing piece of software and is responsible for doing the bulk of my work now. I am almost over with Microsoft Office and its distraction while I like to play with my words - writing.
Note: This is no affiliate marketing pitch, as Q10 is already a free software. I am just sharing my honest thoughts about this software and helping alike-mind people who love to work in a distraction free environment. Following are some important features of Q10.
When you will open the software, all you will see is a fully vacant black area to type, with no menu. Press F1 to bring the menu.
Features of Q10 - Free Writing Software:
1. Full Screen Text Editor:
Q10 is a full screen text editor. There is only a status bar at the bottom of the screen. There are nothing at the screen apart from you and your text. So you can fully concentrate on your writing rather being distracted with lots of additional buttons that you do not even use.
See the 'TIP' and the screenshot.
When you open Q10, all you see is a black screen with a goldish-yellow type of text. But you can customize the view according to your personal liking. You can change the background color, font color, font style, font size, line spacing, indentation etc to suit you and your writing style.
3. Type-Writer Sound:
This feature may not appeal to many people but it is indeed a very handy tool to have. I do not know, but a type-writer sound feels much better while typing. For me, it increases my typing accuracy, speed and engrosses me a lot more with my typing. Sorry I cannot give a logical reason for it, but it does.
At the bottom right corner, you will see the name; you are currently working on. If you make any changing, you will see a '*' mark at the top of the file name until you save it.
4. Live Statistics - Word Count:
With a full-screen text editor, how do you keep an eye on the word and page count? Logical enough. But here comes in that status bar I was talking about. Q10 constantly updates the word count, page count and characters in that status bar.
The status bar has been made in a way that it automatically blends in with the black screen and does not bring to focus on itself, but it is completely visible. On the bottom life, you can show the word count, page count and characters; while on the bottom right, you will see the file name and time - your computer time (A great feature to have).
Some Important Hot Keys:
Menu = F1
New File = Ctrl + N
Open File = Ctrl + O
Save File = Ctrl + S
Save As = Ctrl + D
Spelling Checker = F7
Notes = Ctrl + H
Undo = Ctrl + Z
Redo = Ctrl + Y
Quit = Ctrl + Q
5. Partial Counters:
With Q10 you can make up to 4 partial word counters to fulfill various needs of your writing. You can count the current writing session, character or the current chapter - whatever you like. And everything is at a touch distance of a hot-key.
6. Change The Length Of The Page:
You need not to be constrained by a 250 words per page limit. You can change the length of the page according to your personal liking and/or need. Everything is easily customizable in Q10.
7. Time Alarm:
You can set an alarm for a timed-writing-sessions. When the alarm goes off, you will get to know how much you wrote. A very good tool for keep personal assessment on check.
With Q10, I can use my laptop quick buttons too.
E.g. I can increase/decrease the brightness of my screen, change the sound volume with the quick buttons without disturbing the text or closing/minimizing the software.
8. Perfectly Portable:
Since Q10 is a single executable file, you can run with a flash drive too, from virtually anywhere possible. It keeps intact the record of the last file when you opens the software.
9. Small and Lightning Quick:
Q10 is a small software. With less than 1MB of space, it is highly stable and lightning fast. You won't need to take a nap until it opens.
10. Spelling Checker:
Q10 also comes with a spelling checker and I found this tool nearly glitch-free. When you are finished with your writing, all you have to do is to press a single button, and the spell-checker will start to correct all your misspelled words.
Anything you start with ".." (removing the quotation marks) will be saved as a note. On a single hot-key, you can travel through all your notes with utmost comfort and ease. Isn't that great?
With the latest version, you can press Alt+Scroll Down to quickly minimize the software.
12. Autosaving Feature:
Q10 will automatically save your file after a few paragraphs, or you can just go to the settings and change the auto-save timing to suit your need.
13. Totally Free:
For all these features, you do not have to pay anything at all. The software is completely free, and at its website, it is written that it will always be a freeware. You do not have to pay a dime for it.
Although, Q10 is totally free, it still asks you to save your file when you close the software :P
Overall Q10 is an amazing software, but it has its shortcomings too. But I still chose to go with this software, because I found it to be the best in the lot. Some of the deficiencies that I found, are:
1. No Text Decoraters:
You cannot use the bold, italic and underline feature in Q10 (At least I did not find the feature till yet). I tend to use the bold and underline feature quite a lot, so I miss it a bit.
2. No Automatic Spell Check:
Q10's spelling checker does not mention the misspelled words while you are writing or until you hit the button for spelling checker. Though it is not quite a mess, because at the end when you hit the button, you get everything correct. This deficiency offers more distraction free environment while typing but many people still may miss that feature.
3. Only .txt Files:
Q10 creates only .txt files. Hence for creating a .doc or .docx file, you will have to do a little more work.
Overall I found Q10 as a splendid software, and now I do the bulk of my work using this software. (You can see that all the screenshots are from this article that I wrote by Q10). I spent a lot of time finding this, so I shared a detailed review with you all. Hope you enjoy it and may have found it a bit useful. Have a good day and keep writing. And the best thing is, that the software it TOTALLY FREE TO DOWNLOAD! You can at least give it a try, you do not have anything to lose!
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