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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The capacity to concentrate

Concentration is under-rated. Maybe it's just me, but it's getting harder to carve out quality time of late. Meetings. Projects. All important, necessary stuff. But when the rubber meets the road and deadlines draw near, concentration is key. Enter Ommwriter... interactive agency Herraiz Soto & Co.'s humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away: our capacity to concentrate. I've been using it a bit at home and on the road, and love it. Alot. In beta form, Ommwriter is a simplified, less-is-more text processor that makes writing your focus—and keeps the distractions at bay. If you spend a fair share of time writing as I do, you will love this.

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Blogger Sean Harrison said...

Looks great, Barry, thanks for the link. It would be nice to have something similar as a web app. Perhaps EtherPad (http://etherpad.com) could fit the bill.

5:24 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Hi Sean,

EtherPad feels like one of the components within Google Wave. To me, there's a time for a collaborative writing experience, then a time for solitude and focus. Both important. Ommwriter feels more like pampering yourself, and is designed to be experiential. Google Wave and perhaps EtherPad are fully featured and useful, but they are both completely missing the stylish nuances and simplicity. If the boys at Herraiz Soto were hired by Google to reconsider Wave, the sky would be the limit, literally.

2:41 AM  

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