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What makes good writing software? [closed]

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Closed by System‭ on Feb 16, 2013 at 15:00

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I'm developing a writing app and I'm interested to know what features would be most appreciated for such a thing.

I am most interested in writing versus editing, tooling versus immersion, organizing, sharing, exporting, cloud backup, but these are my points of interest. If I'm over/underestimating something, please tell.

One feature per answer would be great, as it would allow sorting by number of upvotes.

Thanks.

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As silly as this may sound: the ability to turn every single function OFF if desired.

Bells and whistles are great. Some people love them. I hate a lot of them, although not always.

Sometimes I want my word processor to catch my CApitalization typos and repeated words. Sometimes I don't. I don't want it looking over my shoulder so it can complain if I use passive voice. I don't want it to automatically superscript "th" in 20th. Sometimes I don't want it to turn every bulleted sentence into an indented list, but sometimes that's exactly what I want.

So I want the ability to turn all those tools on and off, easily. Whatever whizbang features you end up adding to your app, I want a toggle for them so I can choose to use them or not.

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