September 07, 2017
Can this be? VS Code – A tool for writers?
Writers use various tools to write. For digital words, we have many options of text editors, word processors and apps. I have used OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, the WordPress built-in editor, 750 words — in addition to the old-school style of college-rule notebooks, yellow pads and Moleskine journals — for various kinds of writing — blog posts, free form writing, brainstorming or stream-of-consciousness dumping.
A Zen mode and a Fullscreen mode (this shows the word and character counts).
Markdown support and Preview with Auto-Open Markdown (opens in a preview window side-by-side when writing) and Instant Markdown (opens in a new browser) plugins. Even a plugin to convert markdown to pdf, html or text exists.
Auto-save – yes.
To save on the cloud, I’m going with the nerdy git + bitbucket. And for the truly obsessive, you can sync bitbucket to Google Drive via Zapier.
So yeah, VS Code is really awesome!
So what does VS Code not have, that I miss? Flashy Distracting Features That I still love like from:
OneNote: I love the feature where different text boxes can be moved around like a bunch of stickies on a piece of paper. But admittedly, that is not a distraction-free environment. Great for brainstorming – not so great for distraction-free writing.
I love the distraction free environment, the simplicity of the interface. I love the [badges] I loved the word counters and the notification when you reach 750 words. I love the statistics. I love the [Seinfeld style – Don’t break the chain] strip which counts the days you have shown up to write and met your goal. I loved that it use the _text-analysis system_ called the _Regressive Imagery Dictionary_ to _calculate the various emotional content of each day’s entry_
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