August 2, 2022

PlainPad IconPlainPad Icon

PlainPad Is a macOS Compliant Text Editor

Product: PlainPad
Price: $1.99

PlainPad “is a clean editor for plain text files,” is how the developer describes it.

PlainPad WindowPlainPad Window

Two things struck me about PlainPad:

  1. macOS compliance.
  2. Customizability.

Let’s discuss these in detail.

macOS Compliant

  • PlainPad supports Services.
  • It supports the macOS feature, Versions. You can switch back to a previous version of your document if you want.
  • It supports “Lazy typing.” Two spaces turn into a period. The first letter of a new sentence is capitalized. You have to set this up in the system Keyboard>Text preference pane.

iA Writer supports these. Typora supports these. Obsidian doesn’t. Nor does BBEdit (it does support Services). I was amazed to find a cheap little text editor so macOS compliant.

PlainPad is Customizable

For a simple text editor, PlainPad is a customizable solution.

PlainPad Preferences GeneralPlainPad Preferences General

You can choose to auto-save your documents and choose a default extension for all your files. In my case, it is .md for Markdown documents.

PlainPad Editor>Font & ColorPlainPad Editor>Font & Color

You can choose your own font. I have been using the SF Mono from Apple. You can get it here. It is easy to read and I like it.

PlainPad Preferences Editor>SpacingPlainPad Preferences Editor>Spacing

You can tweak line height and paragraph height.

PlainPad Editor>CursorPlainPad Editor>Cursor

The iA Writer cursor in PlainPad.

PlainPad TypographyPlainPad Typography

This is where the magic for “lazy typing” happens.

PlainPad FullscreenPlainPad Fullscreen

You don’t have to see the text bound across the whole screen in full screen mode. You can define how wide you want the full screen window to be. Makes it possible to work in full screen mode.

For a simple editor, PlainPad does provide you with the tools to customize your environment.


If you are looking for an editor to grow into, the free-version of BBEdit is the better option. It is not as macOS compliant as PlainPad, but it is a lot more capable an editor.

If you are looking for a small, smart macOS compliant tool to take quick notes and have a text editing application within easy reach, you can use PlainPad. That is what I use it for.

I recommend PlainPad.

macosxguru at the gmail thingie.

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