Jan 29

TaskPaper and WriteRoom
Simple to-do Lists, and Distraction Free Writing for one LOW Price!

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Normally: $54.90

ZOT Price: $24.95

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Download TaskPaper here…
Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later

For Mac users who want an easier way to make lists and stay organized. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Unlike today’s complex organizers, TaskPaper is just about you and your tasks.

“For the most part, the applications that are specifically designed for project organizing are way too complex, with too much horsepower to really be functional for 98 percent of what most people need to manage.” — David Allen, Getting Things Done

Today’s task managers have evolved into complex database-like applications, TaskPaper provides an alternative that harkens back to simpler (and faster) times. With TaskPaper you just type your tasks. As you type, TaskPaper recognizes and automatically formats projects, tasks, notes, and tags. It’s this simple:

For Mac users who want an easier way to make lists and stay organized. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list that’s surprisingly adept. Unlike today’s complex organizers, TaskPaper is just about you and your tasks.

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Flexible task management that works with you

TaskPaper doesn’t force a particular system on you; it provides you with basic to-do list elements and then you use them as you see fit. Other programs can’t match the flexibility enabled by TaskPaper’s text based interface. Text is the most clear and compact way to display and manage your tasks on a computer.

Focus on your most important tasks and to-dos

TaskPaper’s powerful filtering system makes it all work. Filtering lets you to keep thousands of tasks in a simple text file and then focus on a select few when the time is right. TaskPaper’s filter system is simple, you can focus on a particular project or tag with a single mouse click, but it also supports an advanced query language when you need it.


“It’s a very simple, but intriguing and original concept. I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and it’s definitely worth a look.” — John Gruber,

“Chances are you’re looking for something with a good interface and that ultimately helps you be more productive; Hog Bay Software’s TaskPaper 2.1 satisfies both requirements”
— Dan Frakes,

“Because, friends, TaskPaper is just about fiddle-proof, and, frankly, I know a lot of people who could benefit from that today.” — Merlin Mann,

“TaskPaper’s strength is that it lets you focus on crossing out those tasks instead of building a self-referential web of unfinished business which separates you from the cold, harsh reality of all the work you need to do.” — Scott McNulty,

“Don’t buy TaskPaper if you’re looking for a sophisticated personal information manager, because it’s nothing of the sort. All it can do is manage smart lists for busy people, but it does this very well indeed.” — Giles Turnbull, MacUser 5/5 Rating

“Taskpaper is awesome software; great balance of structure and free-form. Lists!”
— Jack Dorsey,

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Download WriteRoom here…
Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later

For people who enjoy the simplicity of a typewriter, but live in the digital world. WriteRoom is a full-screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom is just about you and your text.

“But if, when it comes right down to it, full screen is your holy grail, and the ultimate antidote to the bric-a-brac of Word, then you must enter the WriteRoom, the ultimate spartan writing utopia.” — Virginia Heffernan, New York Times

A creative place to sit down and write

Walk into WriteRoom, and watch your distractions fade away. Now it’s just you and your text. WriteRoom is a place where your mind clears and your work gets done. When your writing is complete, exit WriteRoom and re-enter the busy world with your work in hand.

Finish your novel, short story, or blog post

With so much e-mail and information pouring in, the digital life we lead can sure be a blur. If you’ve found it getting harder to focus on the words you want to write, if you’ve forgotten how great it feels to really write distraction-free, then let WriteRoom help you rediscover your muse.

For authors writing, and nothing more

WriteRoom is not Microsoft Word. It won’t generate a table of contents, it won’t place borders around your documents, and it doesn’t have an animated paper-clip looking over your shoulder. Instead WriteRoom just provides the essential features required to get words on the page. Stay focused with WriteRoom’s distraction free environment. Stay on track with word count. Stay safe with autosave. You just type, and WriteRoom will do its best to stay out of your way.

Furnish to your liking

Your WriteRoom can stay green-on-black, or you can choose your own colors, fonts, and page layout. Scale up your text for easy reading. Show the scroll bar all the time, or only when you need it. Even features like spell-checking and rulers are there if you want them.


“But if, when it comes right down to it, full screen is your holy grail, and the ultimate antidote to the bric-a-brac of Word, then you must enter the WriteRoom, the ultimate spartan writing utopia.” — Virginia Heffernan, New York Times

“Unlike practically everything else in our digital lives, WriteRoom’s minimalist interface implies a truly flattering proposition: It’s you, not the software, that matters.” — Jeffrey MacIntyre, Slate

“Green text on a blank, black screen, with a square, blinking cursor. This was how most of us wrote on a computer in the early 1980s, and it’s resurfacing a quarter of a century later.” — Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post

“WriteRoom’s minimalist interface also frees you from the nagging urge to fiddle with margins, fonts, and other settings, leaving you with nothing to do but write.” — Nathan Alderman, MacWorld 4.5/5 Rating

“It’s a primitive application, to be sure — I suspect completely by design — but it may be just what the doctor ordered if you need to get your head out of your butt and put some words on the page. I can see myself spending a lot of time in WriteRoom.” — Merlin Mann,

Click to Hog’s Bay for more info.

About Hog Bay Software

Hog Bay Software is located in Bangor, Maine and is run by Jesse Grosjean. My goal is to create simple Mac OS X applications that have just the features you need. I work using a user-powered development process that invites your participation. Visit the contact page to ask questions, and to track and influence what I’m working on.

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21 Responses to “TaskPaper and WriteRoom”

  1. livingcayon Says:

    Great offer!

    Two really very cool tools for the price of one.
    Using WriteRoom and its a very useful tool…
    Try it

  2. ubrgeek Says:

    WriteRoom consistently gets good reviews. Not a tool I need, but one I seriously looked at.

  3. achecht Says:

    I thought of WriteRoom when the latest iWork was announced. Apple liked the idea so much, they built a distraction-free view into Pages ’09. That’s a great compliment, but, then again, it makes one less reason to buy the 3rd party app.

  4. achecht Says:

    Let me add that after checking out Task Paper, I think this app alone is worth the bundle price (normally costs $29.95 by itself). So buy TaskPaper at $5 off and get WriteRoom for free. Nice deal!

  5. Sekhmet Says:

    Already own TaskPaper. I use it for my personal projects because it’s truly simple. From my experience I can highly recommend it.

  6. Tommy Says:

    Great deal. If I didn’t already own them, I’d be on it.

    I use TaskPaper daily. It simple and easy to use. It has what I need. It doesn’t have things like due dates, but that isn’t a problem for me.

    It also saves it’s files as plain text, which makes generating TaskPaper files from other apps a breeze.

    Its only real drawback is the current lack of a iPhone version. But it sounds like he’s working on that.

  7. Tommy Says:

    Oh, you should also check out the TaskPaper screencast. It does do more than is immediately obvious.

  8. Tommy Says:

    Oh, wait, it does do due dates now.

    I hadn’t realized that.

    I’ll shut up now.

  9. Jerry Says:

    Another vote for TaskPaper. I’ve been using it for over a year.

  10. Thorsten Says:

    I am owner of both products and love them so deeply :D Nice productivity-offer!

  11. Colin Says:

    WriteRoom was pretty good back in the day, but other apps like Pages ’09, MacJournal, etc. all have the same functionality now and more features. TaskPaper might be worth checking out though, as it consistently gets good reviews.

  12. Mark in Maine Says:

    I own both of these, using TaskPaper daily and WR regularly. Both are agile, stable, and a joy to use. If you tried TaskPaper version 1.0 only, you must try it again. Version 2 (being offered here) is a great upgrade and worth the price alone. Check out the screencast to get a handle on it. One thing I really like: it doesn’t do everything, so I spend less time tweaking and fiddling.

  13. Thorsten Says:

    Colin, but in my mind, the pure simple interface and less features than other editors make Writerrom so unique and clutterless.

  14. Jesse Grosjean Says:

    Thanks for everyone’s comments. I’ll be sending out license keys after the sale is over. In the meantime my application trials are fully functional, so that should allow you to work with the apps while waiting for your keys.

    Jesse (TaskPaper and WriteRoom developer)

  15. F451 Says:

    Both are excellent succinct apps well worth the money…even better at this price.

  16. Colin Says:

    @Thorsten – True, the simplicity of WR is nice (kinda like TextEdit in that regard). I just merely comment that what once made WR pretty unique is not longer the case with other text editors coming out with single screen modes and whatnot. Still, if you are looking for a simple word processor with single screen mode and some other niceties, then WR is probably the best there is.

  17. Thorsten Says:

    @Colin: Agreed :-)

  18. Thorsten Says:

    Must sound like an evangelist, but also love and use the WR-iPhone-App….. hope of getting the TP-iPhone-App in this life as promised :D

  19. Ken Burns Effect Says:

    Check out TaskPaper screencast for a promo!

    Will be same as this offer so I Zoted and will give away WR since I already got a license.

  20. Jesse Grosjean Says:

    I processed most of the orders this morning. But a few trailing ones just got added and I haven’t processed them yet. I’ll process those later this evening once I get back to my home computer. Jesse

  21. Jesse Grosjean Says:

    Licenses should all be sent out as of yesterday. Email me directly if you have questions.