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FocusWriter v1.6.7 Updated

billon on 25 Aug 2017
  • 138MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Aug 2017
  • Suggested by Pyromaniac

FocusWriter is a minimalistic, full-screen word processor that aims for a distraction-free, immersive way to write and edit. The program auto-saves your progress and then reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back into your next writing session, as well as a variety of other features to help you focus on your writing.

Alternatively, FocusWriter Portable is stealth and automatically adjusts paths.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves multiple Qt-related registry keys.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: GPLv.3
How to extract: Download "Windows (Portable)" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FocusWriter.exe.
What's new?
  • Updated dictionaries.
  • Fixed:
    • HiDPI blurred text backgrounds were scaled;
    • Window margin was always the size of the scrollbar;
    • Always indented first line when printing.
Latest comments
Erkhyan on 2012-01-28 10:16

I fail to see what makes FocusWriter's user interface less user-friendly than that of Q10 of WriteMonkey, the two other similar programs I can find. By the way, FocusWriter isn't stuck to full-screen either: just press F11…

AndTheWolf on 2013-06-30 16:08

Link still points to FocusWriterPortable_1.3.2.1.paf.exe

JohnTHaller on 2013-06-30 17:03

AndTheWolf - It's fixed. Some editors keep pointing to static URLs instead of the download page for some reason. So, when it's updated, the download winds up wrong.

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Jarte v6.1

billon on 23 May 2017
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 May 2017
  • Suggested by spacefrog99

Jarte is a word processor that uses Window's built-in word processing engine while adding many features missing in WordPad. It supports text files, RTF, DOC and DOCX file formats. Features include tabbed document interface, spell check, clipboard manager, bookmark support, visual header/footer designer, multi-level undo/redo etc.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Supports Unicode in documents, but cannot handle Unicode filenames.
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a plain text file in this folder and paste the following content:

    []
    Portable=1

  3. Rename this text file portable.ini
  4. Launch Jarte.exe
What's new? See:
http://www.jarte.com/whats_new.html
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2015-09-05 20:16

The missing Jarte Forum thread- http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2376 .

Checker on 2015-09-06 10:58

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

smaragdus on 2016-03-16 03:16

The instructions should be updated according to tikbalang's post.

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X-Celtx v2.9.1

Checker on 1 Feb 2015
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2011
  • Suggested by JohnW

Celtx is a specialized tool for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet the exacting screenplay submission standards set by the theater and film industries. X-Celtx is a portable version of the program.

Alternatively, an earlier, natively portable version is also available (download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice, launch PortableCeltx.exe)

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch X-Celtx.exe
  3. Select the "it" drop-down menu, and choose "en" (to switch from Italian to English)
What's new?
  • Bug fixes and optimizations.
Latest comments
Local on 2007-09-14 12:38

I tried this a week or so ago and wasn't really impressed.
It might be great software but it's just not for me.

One thing I just this second noticed though was a 5MB profile folder in my application data folder under the name Greyfirst.

Maybe I used the wrong settings but it should also be pointed out I think

Tashi on 2008-01-04 19:04

I've used this software for quite a while. It is specifically for writing screenplays. So if you want to write a script for your short film or a screenplay contest, this software rocks. It is feature rich. Otherwise if you are looking for something browser related, or a word processor, best to look elsewhere.

Taf on 2011-08-30 12:38

A more recent and steath release is hosted on wPP site:
X-Celtx 2.9.1
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/download.php?view.759

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Gwennel Doc v0.15

Midas on 7 Dec 2014

Gwennel is a lightweight word processor that takes an innovative approach to formatting options by separating them into a tree-like structure. This is useful for handling long documents with clear, organized formatting tools or for users who wish to focus on the text first and formatting second. Any style changes (such as headings, lists, or colors) are propagated throughout the entire document and, although only able to open and save OpenDocument (.odt) files, this makes the program a capable WYSIWYG editor. Additionally, users can open existing files and make rapid changes to the entire document.

Category:
System Requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch gwennel.exe.
Latest comments
Cornflower on 2010-07-30 13:50

It is not at all intuitive, but once you play with it a bit, It comes together.
I probably won't use it on my own computers where Open Office Portable is much handier, but as I like to keep my usb key light, I keep it there. Hint: go over your Open Office documents and see what styles you like to use, and update the openoffice-style.gwen template. I found this makes it more user friendly, as I am dealing with my own tastes.

tpig on 2011-03-12 06:57

I've tested it. I does support Unicode.

Midas on 2014-12-07 21:45

See also Gwennel Web: http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12395 ...

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AbiWord Portable v2.8.6 Rev 3

webfork on 22 Jun 2016

AbiWord is a fast, basic word processor with live collaboration capabilities and broad file support. Includes support for tables, images, equations, fonts, paragraph settings, print options, etc. Drawn from a cross-platform code base, the program can open and save to a wide variety of file types including Word (.doc and .docx files), OpenOffice, and many more. Includes writing collaboration with other AbiWord users over the internet using the free AbiCollab.net site or a direct IP connection.

AbiWord Portable is a version from PortableApps.com. X-AbiWord is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AbiWordPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: LibreOffice (Writer)
What's new? Core:
  • Enable selections within table cells that span a whole page or more
  • Make sure g_thread_init is called before any other glib function, and remove a redundant gtk_init call
GUI:

Cross-platform:
  • Bug 9329: AbiWord uses the old auto save interval instead of the new one
  • Bug 11822: Auto save no longer works
  • Bug 11972: Table of Contents numbering style is not properly reset
  • Fix a memory leak in the Save As dialog
GTK+:
  • Bug 11764: Prevent an assert when using SCIM
  • Bug 11959: AbiWord crashes when opening the Select Revisions dialog
  • Bug 11974: Use a C++ callback to prevent uninitialized value errors in the Save As dialog
  • Bug 11974: Prevent invalid reads in the renderer by working around a bug in Pango
  • Bug 11975: File names are escaped when changing export type in the Save As dialog
  • Add the ability to render pages as images in the AbiWidget
  • Fix some memory leaks in the Pango renderer
  • Fix some memory leaks in the toolbar code
  • Update the Python bindings and examples to support the new render_page_to_image method
Import/Export:

Office OpenXML:
  • Bug 11987: OpenXML exporter saves invalid XML characters
OpenDocument:
  • Bug 11358: Default table cell properties are not exported
  • Bug 11863: Table formatting is lost during export
  • Bug 11938: Text box formatting is lost during import
  • Bug 11939: Framed images inside of text boxes are not imported
  • Bug 11941: Table cell border colors are not properly exported
RTF:
  • Bug 9643: Memory leak when importing lists
XHTML:
  • Bug 11971: Import inline style information from <pre> elements
  • Bug 11971: Import line-height values from XHTML files
Plug-Ins:

Charts:
  • Don't unref used scalar data
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-01-10 21:57

darkest: Abiword's image support isn't great. I recommend SoftMaker Office (http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1463).

juvera on 2011-11-12 14:21

Version 2.9.1 is available at sourceforge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/portableapps/files/AbiWord%20Portable/Additional%20Versions/AbiWordPortableTest_2.9.1.paf.exe/download?_test=crossmerch

Sorry for posting this here.
This website is not really easy to navigate.
I can't find page for submitting notifications of updates or new products. It could be useful to have a direct link for submissions in the home page.

JohnTHaller on 2011-11-13 17:17

juvera: 2.9.1 is a development test, not a stable release. That's why PortableApps.com has the 2.8.x version listed as primary and then 2.9.x as a test for users to try out. PortableFreeware.com doesn't list development tests.

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