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Koi Writer

Web Based Text Editor


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Published 03/15/2011 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
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What can you use the app for?

Koi Writer is a simple web based text editor. The application offers a very basic functionality but in a way that is pleasing to look at. Users can visit the Koi Writer website and immediately access the text editor. From there, numerous text editing tools are available as well as an outlined area to enter text. The application is intended for any kind of basic text creation, whether the user is taking notes for a class, outlining something for work or creating a document for personal use. Koi Writer’s features include three different fonts, bold, italic, bold and italics, underline, headers, new paragraphs, bullet points, numbered lists, seven realistically textured backgrounds and the ability to save the document.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The creators of Koi Writer wanted to build a tool that was ideal for a number of text-based purposes yet remained as simple to use as a traditional pencil and paper. The application was designed by Simon Siegenthaler and developed by Matthias Jost. Today, Koi Writer offers users a unique alternative to otherwise boring web based text editors.

What are the differences to other apps?

Koi Writer offers many of the same basic functions and features that are expected with this type of application. The main difference is the style and personality of Koi Writer. Users can choose from seven unique backgrounds to work with (which are visible under the text editor as well as throughout the surrounding background). Koi Writer also uses familiar symbols, such as bold and italic, which are placed in basic black and white buttons, giving it a slightly different feel compared to other online text editors.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

A new visitor to the Koi Writer website will immediately notice the basic nature of the site. The entire homepage is made up of a white background and black text. This might seem a bit boring for any other type of application, but it is a perfect fit for a text editor. Users only have to click the underlined “Start Editor” link to access the application. The application itself features a light blue default background (which can be changed to one of seven options), a dashed border around the text area and solid black and white buttons for each function.

How does the registration process work?

Koi Writer is intended to offer a very simple service that is also convenient. The creators have kept it as basic as possible. New users are not required to enter any details to create an account. Instead, they can click on the text editor link found directly on the Koi Writer homepage. This takes the user to the application where they can begin writing or editing a previous document. The user can even save without creating an account. Accessing previous documents is as simple as clicking on the small black triangle attached to a narrow bar that runs the length of the bottom of the page. The bar lifts up and presents the user with their previous documents.

What does it cost to use the application?

Koi Writer is available to anyone for free. There are no subscription fees or other costs for using the service. This is definitely a good thing considering how simple the service is. Some users will find it very helpful, but in the end it is nothing more than a simple text editor with some eye candy attached to it. Justifying a subscription fee would be difficult without making at least a few additional features available.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Koi Writer offers a simple service with a few visual extras. Anyone who needs to create a quick text document could appreciate the application. The handful of extra backgrounds and text editor options allow the user to customize their experience and the document.

  • Immediately create a new text document without creating an account
  • Choose from seven realistically textured backgrounds
  • Utilize basic text editor tools including bold, italics and headers
  • Save your document so it can be accessed later
  • Add bulleted and/or numbered lists to your document


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