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HUFFINGTON POST: “An unparalleled writing experience”

GQ: “One of the most powerful mechanisms to spur the imagination”

THE VERGE: “Among the cleanest and best designed note-taking apps I've ever used on iOS”

DIGITAL TRENDS: “May force you into producing the best writing of your life”

MASHABLE: “Kept my nose to the grindstone better than any cup of coffee ever could”

VOX: “For the first time in my life, my fingers moved continuously across the keyboard for 15 minutes”

BOSTON GLOBE: “Forces you into ‘the zone’ and keeps you there”

JUDD APATOW: “Thanks!!!”

○ “Elegant”
○ “Dangerous”
○ “Relaxing”
○ “Perverted”
○ “A godsend”
○ “Sadistic”
○ “Intuitive”
○ “Diabolical”
○ “Your best friend”
○ "Your worst nightmare"
○ “Beautiful”
○ “Like a drug”

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THE SITUATION

The world is a hive of distractions, multi-tasking, and cultural ADD. Many sit down to write and watch hours vanish with nothing to show but a trail of browser tabs. Flowstate is a response to the amphetaminic digital age. It frees the writer to turn on, tune in, and open up.

HOW IT WORKS

Choose how long you want to write (5, 15, 30 min), then enter a flow session. If you exit early, or stop typing for longer than five seconds, all progress is lost. The only way to save your work is by writing until the timer ends.

WTF?

Flowstate is guided by a simple philosophy: flow, then react.

What does it feel like to write with pure momentum? What comes out when you hurtle deeper and deeper without pausing to tweak or edit?

For those willing to set aside their preconceptions of how to write, they may find a companion in Flowstate: a single law that silences the analytical brain and amplifies a voice of candor.

TRIPPY

What you have to offer is you. The way out is through.

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TECHNICAL STUFF

Your documents are synced across all devices
Exclusive to OS X and iOS
Built by Overman

What’s New

Version 1.32

Fixed a bug with time selection buttons

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Tad Davis ,

Just a little bit hesitant

I think the idea behind the app is great. But I wish there were some additional options, or at least greater transparency. For example: it's OK that the text disappears after a set period of time if you don't keep typing. But I'm an old guy with slower reaction times, and I'd like the option to increase that to 7, 8 or maybe even 10 seconds to better suit my own pace. I like the fact that sessions are stored automatically in iCloud, but I'm not crazy about the fact that they are (apparently) stored in the Flowstate sandbox where I can't see them. It appears that the only way I can access them as text files is by exporting them from the app. Once a session has been saved, I would prefer an option that let me access the file directly.

I guess what I'm saying is that in some ways it's a little TOO stripped down for my taste. But I can see the value of the discipline, and I'm going to keep using it for awhile and see what happens.

fillip ,

Best Way To Bring Out The Writer Within You

Review is coming from a Mac mini late 2012 running Yosemite with a SSD drive running macOS Sierra GM Beta. Since this only works with EL Cap and higher I’m using Flowstate on my external SSD running the Sierra GM Beta.

The app runs so smooth. Love the different times and fonts you can choose. When typing I played with the text disappearing to the point where it was ‘almost’ totally gone, and resume typing to bring the text back in a-nick-of-time. It’s fun to play around with how long you have before the text actually is gone.

I like the way you can save your work as well as the different ways it can be saved, for example, by name, by date, etc. For testing, I did a bunch of text returns to get me to the bottom of the page and kept on hitting return so it’s good to know that you will never run out of a page to type on.

One thing, when the time is up there’s no feedback, maybe that’s a good thing. The timer turns into a button that you click on to end the writing session, or if you prefer, just keep on writing (the good thing).

This app really forces you to write. My problem is I still find myself doing spelling edits. To stop that, when I make a spelling mistake I try to either retype it or if my fingers become all thumbs I hit return and start a new line.

I believe if I use this app ‘everyday’, it will help me become a better writer.

Aldarie ,

Great, but glitchy.

I’ll start by saying that I love this app. It’s exactly what writers need to put aside their ego and get cracking.

The problem? It hasn’t been updated in years and it’s starting to show its age. Yesterday, on a long flow, it deleted all my work suddenly even though I was still typing. One second there, the next second gone. No fading. Luckily, I was only about ten minutes into it, but it was still a loss. I suspect there are compatibility problems with the newer Mac OS.

Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be able to use this app until I see some evidence of an update. I can’t risk writing for 45 minutes and having it all disappear. (Seriously, Flowstate. I love you! Please fix your problems.)

App Privacy

The developer, Overman, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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