Material, minimalistic text editor that gets simple editing done.
- Markup text editing
- Sync with Dropbox
- Light and dark theme
None. No ads and no in-app purchases.
Everyone needs a text editor. Yes, everyone. But you usually get, not one, but many apps capable of handling or reading simple text formats. Either a cloud app’s text editor, like Dropbox text editor, in-built html viewer or part of bloat office you get when you buy a bloated phone, as Polar office on Samsung. All of them can handle text files. Why would you need another app for same purpose?
Monospace is a text editor developed focused on only one thing – simplicity. It is very hard to get a simpler app than Monospace and contain the core functionality of a text editor. Combine that with a beautifully Material designed app and a very responsive developer – and you get the best text editor for majority of Android users. Yes, if you need something more from your text editor, Monospace probably isn’t the app-to-go. But most users don’t type on their phones, they only need text editors to preview texts and very rarely edit them.
On first launch of Monospace you’ll get two files that are going to be used as tutorials, a FAB for creating new files and two buttons on the top. That’s about it.
The ink drop button lets you change theme of the app. Either white or gray (or grey if you are from England for that matter), which is very useful if you use Monospace in the evenings. Oh, the black theme from the screenshot below is available from settings. Great for OLED users.
The Monospace Tutorial is such a say to look at. At least in the dark mode I prefer to use.
The title (h1 heading) is colored differently, and there are bullet points. Italic and bold are there too. Pretty much all you’re need for quick edit of a text file on your phone.
Except for creating your own files, there isn’t much to add on what Monospace can do. It’s simple and it’s going to stay that way for sure. When you want to save your file, you can either
save share it as a simple text file (preserves only characters) or as markdown. Markdown is useful if you want to export your text to WordPress lets say. Otherwise use simple text.
The settings panel is probably the smallest I’ve ever seen in an Android app. Change text size, use black instead of grey.
Also app lets you link your Dropbox account to it, for syncing purposes. All files you edit will be on the cloud too.
Unfortunately one of many things brought by Material design is having lots of white space on tablets. As part of de-cluttering the UI, lots of space gets wasted. Monospace has same issues on tablets.
The developer, Jack Underwood, is very responsive on the app’s Google+ page. From there I’ve found about under-the-hood features, which weren’t that obvious from using the app. Well, not all of them.
One of them is tagging your files. If it wasn’t obvious from the tutorial files (which had hashtag at beginning), I’m sorry. You probably wouldn’t find it any other way.
The dev has some great plans for this app, including cross-device sync, Google Drive support and a Chrome extension that will automatically sync with Monospace on your phone. Can’t wait for it.
I’m a pretty uncommon smartphone (or should I say Android) user keeping only a dozen of app on my phone. Including Google ones. And one of those apps is Monospace.