It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Writing Tool, so I thought it was time to do one again!
This time I chose for Q10, and this is what their website says:
Q10 will clean your kitchen, walk your dog and make excellent coffee. Well, not really. But it’s really good as a full-screen text editor.
What, to me, makes it especially interesting is that it’s free. Features of Q10 include: live text statistics, customizable look and paragraph format, a timer alarm, spell checker, notes, target count, autosave, and more.
It took me a little while to find out how to use it, but luckily I had the time to toy around with it a little. After you’ve installed Q10 and you open the program, you just get a black, full screen page. At the very bottom, it shows your word and character count, how many pages you’ve written and the time.
That’s all. I had no clue whatsoever how I could, for instance, set the timer. I didn’t even know how to close the program. A little daunted, I closed it. Then, when I restarted it a few minutes later, I saw a little green message pop up in the bottom. Ah! “Press F1 for help”. And there it was, all the options listed neatly.
So, I found that if you press CTRL+T, you can set the alarm, when you press CTRL+P you can set the general settings, etc. Aha! You can see the list of all the options in the screenshot on the left.
Finally, I was getting somewhere. I changed the font color to a color more agreeable on my eyes, set the timer and had at it.
In all honesty, this is a nice program to work with. It’s absolutely distraction-free, it has just enough functionality that you don’t get distracted by toying with the options and once I got the hang of it, I was convinced I’d want to use this more often. You can use it not only for writing, but also for writing blogs or long emails or for school assignments.
And again… It’s free.
You can read more about Q10 on their website, which is also where you can download it. You can choose two types of downloads: with or without spellchecker.
Enjoy and let me know what you think of the program!