Writebox: A Versatile Text Productivity Tool

Writebox - A Distraction Free Writing Environment

Writebox – A Distraction-Free Writing Environment in Your Browser

One of my favorite productivity tools is a text editor for the Google Chrome called Writebox. It is one of the small tools, that if you use a lot of files, can enhance your productivity, many times over.

I write a lot! And that involves a lot of the things: Notes, code, a short memo, tasks, forget me not type of things, outlines, ideas, writing for me, etc. I use various tools with different functionality for performing my writing tasks.

Applications I Use For Writing

Among the applications most often I use, the most notable are:

  • Microsoft Word (both in desktop and online versions) For document development, process, editing, authoring, etc and generally for every document incentive task.
  • Google Docs (as the MS Word).
  • Evernote. For a central place of notes organization, retrieval, ideas and posts development, notes and web capturing, etc.
  • Scrivener. For elaborated, organized outlines, books, longer articles, etc, (i.e. Authoring, in general)
  • ResophNotes. For quick notes and notes organization.
  • notepad++. For notes, quick ideas, capturing and collecting ideas, programming, and code, tasks, etc.
  • Windows notepad (I use it, as I use the notepad++) for quick notes and ideas, as an intermediate clipboard (for long clips I want to further process) [!!!], etc.

A Small Note on Productivity

Part of my daily workflow is the writing procedures of many and different documents, scripts and texts. During a day I may:

  • Develop a proposal, a business development plan, a marketing plan, a business scenario or plan for a client, a document, a white paper, a report, etc
  • Develop, write or correct code either in structured (integrated) programming environments or in single files
  • Write tasks, managerial procedures, deadlines, errors, phones to be made or mail to be send, etc
  • Write or develop posts, articles, ideas, etc
  • Write tasks, forget me not, ideas, capture loose ends, etc
  • Keep notes for articles, books, things I want to write
  • Script development and writing for automation of various procedures, etc
  • Develop outlines for writings I’d like to do
  • Design marketing or promotion procedures and materials
  • Document procedures, tasks, activities, measurements, results, etc
  • Planning future activities, purchases, equipment, etc

to name only a few.

As you can see all these involve a lot of writing and for this reason, I need specialized tools to carry out the different tasks.

Moreover, considering that I use many computers with different Operational Systems (such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.), I need a simple way that covers my computing requirements. During the years, various productivity approaches have been developed, based on simple text files, such as the Todotxt.com, todo.txt manager, Org Mode – Organize Your Life In Plain Text!, Geek to Live: List your life in .txt, Geek to Live: Script your life in .txt, My txt setup, My Org-Fu System, and many more.

Based on such approaches, the major bulk of the files I develop or use (in their original form and before I process them) is in plain text or markdown (text) files, stored within a specific folder in Dropbox. In that way, I have all my notes in one place and in sync among the different platform I use!

From this folder, I usually I retrieve the appropriate file for the process, according to the job I have to do.

Writebox: Another Cloud Text Editor Or A Productivity Tool

For the multitude of the tasks I have to do, during a day, I have found lately, indispensable the help or the Writebox. Writebox is a cloud text application that supports:

  • Integration with Google Chrome If you want You May Install The Writebox in Chrome From Here
  • Integration with Dropbox (load and save) and local support
  • Markdown language support
  • Distraction free mode of operation
  • Simple Writing environment
  • Off-line and Online operation
  • Auto-save capabilities
  • Shortcuts Support
  • 2 Download modes of operation (.txt & .html)
  • Indication of the number of characters, words & lines

As a general impression, I would say, that Writebox is a valuable productivity tool, worth a place in your toolkit.

    Business Consultant, Technical Writer, and Trainer

    Takis Athanassiou is a Business Consultant, Author, and Trainer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, marketing, e-Learning, social media, and personal growth. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, listen to Leadership Execution podcast, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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