Do you get easily distracted when you’re writing? Are you looking for a minimalistic writing app that you can access from anywhere on the Web? If so, you’re in luck; Quabel is just for you! It’s a text editor that lives right inside your browser.
Quabel provides a distraction-free writing environment so that you can focus on what’s most important: the content you’re writing. Best of all, since Quabel lives in your browser, that means that you can access it from anywhere with Internet access.
With Quabel, you get to create unlimited documents for free. Although they do offer a premium account, you really don’t need it unless you want to use Quabel on your desktop (Windows or Mac), sync to Dropbox, or use it offline.
Here’s how Quabel works.
You can create a free Quabel account by clicking on the “Create Account” button on the home page. After signing up , you can choose to go through a short tour. Honestly, if you’re reading this post then you really won’t need the tour.
Quabel’s online text editor is pretty straight forward since it’s so clean. We’ll take a look at the Explorer, Editor, and navigation buttons below.
After signing up you’ll find yourself inside the editor, but you can switch to the Explorer by clicking on the home icon at the top of the page.
From the Explorer you can view your documents, create new documents, rename your documents, add and edit your labels/tags, and delete documents. By the way, a very cool feature that Quabel offers is the ability to drag-and-drop .DOCX files right onto the Explorer page. From there you can view it, edit, publish online, etc.
Within the editor, you won’t find a rich-text editor or many formatting options; there’s a real focus on simplicity. You can, however, add headings (1-3) by using hashtags. (i.e. # Heading1, ## Heading 2, ### Heading 3). You can also italicize words by using an asterisk or underscore before and after (i.e. *this will be in italics*). There’s no documentation regarding markup in Quabel, so I’m not sure if there are any other types of supported markup.
As far as navigating the editor, there are just three buttons that you’ll use (at the top right of the page): publish, settings, and night mode.
Publish – This button is pretty self-explanatory; when you’re ready to publish your document, click here. It will bring up an “Export Document” pop-up dialogue. You’ll be able to download your document in six different formats.
You can also print or email your document, as well as publish it to the Web as public or private. When publishing, you’ll get a special link that you can share with others or anywhere online that you choose. If you want to preview your document before publish, you can do that here as well.
Settings – Clicking on Settings will bring up an “Appearance” pop-up dialogue. You can also access “Goals” from here. Under Appearance, you can change the document style, hide the top and bottom bars, customize the reading and speaking times, and enable typewriter sounds.
The top bar in the editor displays the navigation buttons along with the title of your document. The bottom bar displays the number of words in your document, the amount of time it will take someone to read the document, and the amount of time it will take someone to speak your document. So in Settings, you can choose the default words per minute to use for those times.
Under Goals, you can enable writing goals for the current document that you’re working on. For instance, maybe you want it to remain under a specific amount of characters, words or pages. You can also choose to have it under a specific amount of time for reading or speaking (such as under 10 minutes). This is really cool feature to have and is sure to keep focused and boost productivity.
Night Mode – This is for those of you that like to write at night, or just prefer light text on a dark background. Night Mode inverts the colors so that you’ll have white text on a black background.
In a nutshell, I really like Quabel and find it pretty useful. However, I’m not sure if it can take the place of services like Google Docs and Zoho. Then again, I don’t think that Quabel is really trying to be like those services. Quabel is a place where you can go to just write and not have to worry about formatting and other distractions.
There’s not many buttons or options available for a reason. Quabel’s goal is to be a distraction-free writing environment that can be accessed on the Web from any computer, and it delivers.
What are your thoughts on Quabel? Will you use it for your own writing? Do you think it’s useful enough to use on a regular basis?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.