Vim is WriteRoom Level 2
I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month and the absolutely critical tool for someone with Internet-fueled ADD like myself is a suite for distraction free writing that will isolate a writer from their busy computer environment.
The traditional choice on Mac OSX has been WriteRoom, an application that will take the user into a very minimalist fullscreen writing mode. Perfect for the aspiring author.
Unfortunately, to a Vim user, WriteRoom is nice, but isn’t really a tolerable solution. Luckily, using MacVim combined with a small startup script, we can reproduce the WriteRoom interface and get the best of both worlds.
set lines=50 set columns=80 colorscheme koehler set guifont=Monaco:h10 set guioptions-=r set fuoptions=background:#00000000 set fu " green normal text hi Normal guifg=#B3EA46 " hide ~'s hi NonText guifg=bg " wrap words set formatoptions=1 set lbr " make k and j navigate display lines map k gk map j gj
Save this as a
*.vim script (e.g.
focus.vim) and source it in using MacVim’s
mvim -S focus.vim <file to edit>. I personally use set an alias for it as well:
alias vif='mvim -S focus.vim'.
As you can see, we get an interface nearly indistinguishable from the one offered by WriteRoom, and with the full power of Vim. Outstanding!