Dark Room

After Merlin at 43Folders wrote about WriteRoom, Jeff wrote Dark Room. I love how I can just focus on writing without other programs drawing attention away. It’s really small, and all you need to do is unzip and run it!

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • Esc – toggle full screen/window
  • Ctrl+S – Save

The catch is that you need the .NET Framework Version 2.0, which is about 22 MB (x86). Why?

The .NET requirement is because of the language he chose to write the software in. It’s fundamental to it working, much like the app it’s modeled on requires a Mac. This is a .NET app, which is a platform like Cocoa on Max OS X.

It’s also what enabled him to whip this up in a matter of a few hours. Getting rid of the requirement would require rewriting from scratch. And, that would probably not happen as the barrier is too high.

If you’re going to comment about Dark Room, please don’t whine. I would hate to see the developer cease development. Remember: it’s all about keeping it simple and removing all distractions from the task at hand.

Great work, Jeff! I’ll be writing anything I can inside Dark Room for awhile, no doubt…no doubt in my mind.

Update: Edited the link to Dark Room since it’s been put on its own project page.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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