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TrimWord - Love Writing Again

  • Demo Video

TrimWord is a fast, live-preview MarkDown text editor with dozens of rich themes, printing, HTML export, and github-flavored markdown extensions. It's fast growing, releasing as fast as the review chain permits, and offers a number of real, high quality typographically competent themes.

We all want out of word processors. They take more time than the writing. It's awful. But, there hasn't been a lightweight editor with the rendering quality that could be taken to real work.

Until now.

Meet TrimWord. A real, free MarkDown word processor with ten free and fourteen paid themes, growing fast.

HTML exporting. Hybrid editing, full-screen view, or full-screen editing; your choice at the click of a button. No hassle with formatting; just pick a theme and go. Themed printing, too.

TrimWord is meant to get you in, out, and on your way.

We'd really love your suggestions about how to improve. :) Reach us from our Charms bar.

TrimWord - Love Writing Again

Windows 8 Features, for the contest:

  • Correct, context-active AppBar
  • Printing contract in charms bar
  • Support links in settings charm
  • Hot state storage at idle/reload
  • Use of in-app purchases in Microsoft Store (theme purchases)




d.k. Dec 14 '12 at 12:59
This is in my top 3. Expect that primary audience of the app will be programmers. Perceived simplicity of markup requires minimally "structured brain", you know what I mean, most Word users will never see this "simplicity" and will go past the program. But for the rest of us, it's really useful work, I like that it helps keep underlying text structure clean(compared to hard-to-control Word styling engine and doc format). Thank you.
John Haugeland Dec 16 '12 at 2:08
Thank you for the very kind words :)
AnkMannen Dec 10 '12 at 10:00
Great app, definitely in top 3!
John Haugeland Dec 10 '12 at 13:16
Thank you kindly :)
Chris Newman Dec 10 '12 at 9:04
In my top 3. Good luck, John.
John Haugeland Dec 10 '12 at 13:16
Thank you kindly :)
esskar Dec 6 '12 at 8:53
nice app and useful. Good idea. Good luck!
John Haugeland Dec 6 '12 at 14:56
Thank you kindly. Good luck to you as well.
Harshit Dec 3 '12 at 12:13
An awesome app based on an excellent idea. nothing more to be said
John Haugeland Dec 3 '12 at 14:51
Thank you for the kind words :)
Kyle Sevenoaks Nov 28 '12 at 11:17
Great idea! I like that it's themed so you don't have to worry so much about the layout but can just get on with the writing :)
John Haugeland Nov 28 '12 at 15:06
Thanks much. (That's why I made it - I usually get stuck in word processors just messing with the appearance, and not getting the writing done.) Hope it's useful to you! :)
Sandra Walters Nov 27 '12 at 23:11
Upvoted, very nice tool, does what it says and does it well.
John Haugeland Nov 27 '12 at 23:17
Thank you kindly :) I hope it's useful to you.
SFO Developer Nov 27 '12 at 21:55
Just another word processing editor. It's bad people have to learn new commands to work with this app. Why don't you use standard word commands for highlight, bold, paragraph, etc? Am not sure what are the use cases for this app?
John Haugeland Nov 27 '12 at 22:07
Well, you might notice that it uses the same markup - it's called MarkDown - that StackOverflow and Reddit, along with a bunch of other word processors, use. Also, this one is actually quite a bit different than the others; it's themed, it does printing, et cetera. I look forward to your actually using the application.
Tom Sarduy Nov 26 '12 at 22:43
+1... good app!!
John Haugeland Nov 27 '12 at 19:41
Thank you, sir. I hope it's useful to you.
nineT9D Nov 26 '12 at 21:13
@john, Voted it up for it's quality and utility, nice work!!
John Haugeland Nov 26 '12 at 21:25
Thank you kindly. Please enjoy :)
MBZ Nov 26 '12 at 17:45
very great tool, tnx :)
John Haugeland Nov 26 '12 at 17:46
Glad you liked it. Please let me know if you have ideas; the support address is in the charms bar (I'm not putting it here because of spam robots.)
AnkMannen Nov 24 '12 at 7:34
Sweet! I can't upvote you since this page thinks that my reputation is lower than 15. But you have my moral support! :D
John Haugeland Nov 24 '12 at 16:46
Sometimes it takes a couple hours for your reputation to propogate. Also, it has to be on the main site (StackOverflow,) not the subordinate sites.
John Haugeland Nov 24 '12 at 16:46
But I really appreciate the kind words. :)`
simsam7 Nov 17 '12 at 22:20
I like the idea & the execution appears to be good. What I do not like is the skeumorphic icons. Unlike with iOS apps, the graphics and especially the icons used should not try to mimic real-life objects, i.e. the pen (especially) and the paper. Think about how your app's icon looks when compared to the other Win8 icons & maybe redesign it into more of a 'flat' design?
John Haugeland Nov 18 '12 at 0:43
I don't want to end up with the same icon as everyone else. What I'm using now is what I'm choosing to use. Thanks for keeping in touch.
Kfirprods Nov 17 '12 at 11:29
Wow! Nice, especially the possibillity to export as HTML. I'll keep it on my start screen, thanks.
John Haugeland Nov 17 '12 at 14:38
Thank you for the kind words :)
Rajkumar Balakrishnan Nov 13 '12 at 18:13
I give you a Wow John :) That's brilliant
John Haugeland Nov 13 '12 at 22:09
Thank you, sir, and best of luck to you in this contest :)
b0x0rz Nov 11 '12 at 9:12
i love the text GUI, but the rich text is fugly :P
John Haugeland Nov 11 '12 at 14:49
There are 24 themes, and you can put the rich text away, if you want to. In the app bar there are buttons for each, or you can also ctrl+1 to get pure editor, or ctrl+t to get the theme list.
John Haugeland Nov 11 '12 at 14:51
Also everyone else seems to like it :(
Logan Alan Nowak Nov 9 '12 at 7:15
Now this just looks stunning.
John Haugeland Nov 9 '12 at 14:09
Very kind of you to say. These screenshots are of build 1; build 2 is in store with 14 more themes, and a previewer thing. Build 3 has some new features I'm very happy with, and I'm hoping you will be too :D Please spread the word.
Chris Newman Nov 7 '12 at 1:35
Yay! Why the heck do we need that bodged-up version of Word for Windows RT when we can use something beautiful like this?
John Haugeland Nov 8 '12 at 3:52
Well, theirs is less buggy than mine. :) And there's some stuff it can do that mine can't. But I really appreciate the kind words, and I have some wicked new features coming in the next two versions. Please spread the word!
Software Developer Nov 6 '12 at 19:51
Very nice use of the file pickers and devices charm, this would make a good share source and target too.
John Haugeland Nov 6 '12 at 22:52
That's a good idea. I'll look into figuring out how that works; that is new to me (I didn't even know about it.)
PolCPP Nov 3 '12 at 19:46
Awesome, i usually work on OSX, and i use mouapp there, so i kinda missed this on Windows. I only find a little thing, when i resize it to a small size i only see a black screen with a blinking cursor. (happens in all viewing modes) is that normal?
John Haugeland Nov 3 '12 at 20:30
No, it looks like I introduced a bug into the snap support when re-arranging it from narrow to tall. Oops. Pushing a fix tonight. Knowing store, it'll probably take 5 days to get in. (Upvotes help. Somehow. Huhuhu.)
PolCPP Nov 4 '12 at 0:39
Ouch, okies, it still looks pretty cool. (i would upvote..but im short on reputation ;_; )
John Haugeland Nov 4 '12 at 16:52
Ask a question about Win8 dev on StackOverflow. You'll be able to vote on Apptivate within a day or so; Win8 questions are popular.
PolCPP Nov 4 '12 at 18:45
Nvm... seems that until i relogged it didn't recognize the extra rep from a few replies i did yesterday
Jason Oct 30 '12 at 0:38
Its refreshing finally having a writing app that doesn't get in the way of the writing. Great app.
Abhinandy Oct 27 '12 at 17:53
Its a good app quite knowledgble and good idea
John Haugeland Oct 28 '12 at 14:51
Thank you :) The new release should be in tomorrow or the next day, and is quite a bit better.