Eastgate's Tinderbox is a deep, complex, and significant piece of software that I have been using daily for years. It's an outlining, mindmapping, blog-publishing, timeline-generating, text-analyzing, agent-using, note-taking everything tool.
It's also a minimalist writing environment.
- Create a new note.
- Hide the sidebar (if shown by default)
- Close any other note windows
There are no toolbars, palletes, or anything else to distract you. Tinderbox doesn't have any sort of distraction-free "mode" which hides other apps, centers the window, etc. but I find that simply dragging the note window to the middle of an empy "Space" works pretty well.
There are a few things that could improve this process for me. First, I'd like to see a little better Markdown support. Not that big a deal, since the whole point of Markdown is that it's completely usable as plain text. Still, some minor formatting help would be welcome. Second, I want to name and save my window arrangements in any given Tinderbox document and recall them later. That way I could more easily switch between the several views I use most often.
Other than that, Tinderbox includes everything I need for writing a simple blog post (like this one,) but also does all the other magical things that I find so useful.