Mac: Last year, XKCD’s Randall Monroe released Simple Writer, a web app that restricted your writing to the top 1000 most commons words in the English language. If web apps aren’t your thing, Cleartext is a free Mac app that does the same thing.
The humble text editor is an indispensable tool for many developers, web designers, writers, and people simply looking for a quick way to jot down notes. But there are much better options than notepad.exe; one of our favourites is Notepad++.
Modern text editors allow you to use pre-defined snippets of code to improve your workflow. Emmet is a plugin for text and code editors that lets you quickly type CSS-like abbreviations and automatically expand them into a full block of code, saving you a lot of time and hassle.