What does that sound remind you of? If you pictured sitting cross-legged, hands at either side with middle fingers and thumbs connected, you’re on the right track. Meditation. Zen. It’s a great way of fighting off the stress of our busy lives, so any way you can work in a little peace and quiet is a valuable resource these days.
That’s the theory behind Ommwriter, a word processing application for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher) that transforms your computer into an ambient writing environment where you are free and alone with your thoughts.
This isn’t a text editor that you keep running in the background while you continue to check email, post updates to Facebook and Twitter, or even read the news. Ommwriter is an immersive writing experience, and just last week it received a few upgrades that make it slightly better than before.
When you load up Ommwriter (use headphones, people), serene music begins softly playing, and an unobtrusive animated background gives way to your typing cursor. As you type, other soft noises can be heard echoing your keystrokes, and your thoughts are free to flow from thoughts to pixels.
Don’t like the music? Change it. Don’t like the sound effects? Change that too. Or mute both. Want a different background? There’s plenty of options here, as well as for various fonts and sizes. When you’re done, you can save it either as a text file or – now with this newest version, named Dāna – a PDF.
Also new in Ommwriter Dāna is the ability to use monospaced fonts, larger font sizes, better integration with OS X (Spaces, keyboard shortcuts, menu bars, etc), support for dual screens, and a few other small tweaks. Overall, the experience hasn’t changed much from the previous version, so if you’re looking to add a little Zen to your day, check out Ommwriter Dāna for OS X.