uFocus Contact

If you encountered any bug while using uFocus, please comment on this page. Reported bugs will be fixed as soon as possible.

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  1. I’m working on a document that’s about 90 pages. 2016 macbook pro. Pretty peppy. It seems that the longer the document has gotten theres a small delay when typing and deleting. When I type it is not registered instantaneously on the screen.

    I love ufocus. It’s terrific. But this slowdown is a problem. Any ideas?


  2. Hello, I’m not sure that this function exists in uFocus, but making disappear the code (“**” or even “_”) which emphasizes the text (with an option in the menu, for example) could improve the aspect of documents !

    And thanks a lot for your app !

    1. There is no in-app preview, but when you print the document you can enable the option “Apply Markdown” in the print panel.

  3. Feature request : have you considered adding a search field to find files in the library ? That would make uFocus a real alternative to nvALT.


  4. For some reason, ufocus is using discrete gpu instead of intel gpu? Should it really be doing that, considering it’s not graphically demanding?

  5. I highly appreciate the distraction-free approach. As long term terminal user I’d be very glad to be able to change defaults for cursor type & colour, as well as font & background colours, especially the cursor (blinking, bar) and the main font color in the dark theme (which I’d be using during night time). Keep up the great work!

    1. Currently you can only open an existing directory (by either dragging it to the app icon or selecting it in the Open panel), but I’ll add a more direct way in the next update.

  6. I would really like a possibility to view a statusfield at the bottom, with information: Word count, Char Count, New words since file opened… That would be great! This could be turned on or off depending on how you like it.

    1. The information popover that you can open from the titlebar was once on a status bar that I removed to reduce distractions. But I may add the option to show this info permanently in the next version.

  7. Hi, I really like the way uFocus works. One thing, I failed to figure out how to open multiple files in a directory? Could you please give me some clue? Thank you!

  8. Hi, I just discovered uFocus and am really like it so far. Two features I’d really like are: 1) automatic update of word count as I go. If I have the word count panel open as I type, it just stays static, I have to close the panel and re-open it to get the word count updated. It would also be really cool to be able to set word goals, (e.g. 750 words) – but that’s just a request. 2) Copy as html is much more useful than me than rich text due to the blog I use.

    1. Copy as html will be added to the next update. The word count panel is not meant to stay permanently on screen in order to avoid distractions, so it will not update in real time. Usually when I write I don’t have a specific goal … other than to be creative, so I prefer not to add goals of any kind.

  9. The application saves text files. Why does it insist on a txt extension? I should be able to save files with the md extension or markdown extension, and still retain the ability to be treated like a text file.


  10. Hi! I’m just trying your app and I like it a lot, but there’s a few thoughts I had on how it could be better! I thought I’d go ahead and get them to you and it seems like this is the place.

    * It is frustrating that I have to have my files end in .txt. I am using this for a lot of different types of writing and while all of the documents I want to use right now are more or less plaintext, it’s frustrating that I have to rename all the documents I have with other names to .txt before I can open them. Textedit doesn’t have this limitation and opens tons of different types of things as plaintext and it’d be nice if this tool could too. (Specifically in this case I work with a lot of .tex documents.)

    * It would be nice if it didn’t jump back up to the beginning when I switched the theme.

    Thanks for your work!

      1. Thanks tons! I also have a few more suggestions as I continue to use this to edit .tex documents!

        * I would really love to be able to switch the defaults not to change my ‘ and ” characters into smart quotes. It completely breaks my documents when the editor does this, and I often don’t notice until much later. I have to remember to uncheck every time. I wish I could just set a preference to have that disabled by default. I’d even be fine if that was a defaults write type thing!
        * Same thing for replacing — with — etc.

        Thanks again for this tool and your work!

  11. I wonder if you could implement a ‘fold’ feature –where the user inserts a command character before and after a section of text– and then that text is not visible (i.e “folded”). uFocus would be magnitudes more useful to me with that feature. BTW: I am not a programmer, but I learned to use folds with a former Dos editor (years ago and can’t recall the name).

  12. I was looking for a simple app to write notes in markdown and found Focus. Really like it so far!

    Two things would be nice: a default location where new notes are automatically saved to (DropBox!), and a way to copy the formatted note into an email (not its markdown source).

    What do you think?

  13. It would be cool if I could use Cmd-B, Cmd-I and Cmd-U to start and stop the appropriate Markdown tags. For headings this won’t be necessary as they only require a tag at the start.

    You could for example:
    1. Select text, use Cmd-B and then surround the selected text with **text**.
    2. use Cmd-B to insert ** once, then keep on typing, and the use Cmd-B again to insert another **. This way the Cmd-B acts as an on/off switch for the bold Markdown.

    Love the editor by the way. Way less cluttered then alternatives, fast and easy!

  14. Please, add option for change default font. I have two language layout and default font Inconsolata support only Latin-1 character set. The type system make characters not rendered by font looks *really* ugly.

    1. I considered your request but decided not to add a font button to the preferences pane in the last update. In the first versions of Focus there was a popup button to choose between different fonts, but I thought that it could be one of those “distractions” that I wanted to exclude.
      However, the problem you mentioned is a serious one, so I added a little workaround to allow changing the default font manually, which is explained in this post.

  15. –It would be wonderful to have an option like TextRoom’s «flow mode (no deletions)» [http://code.google.com/p/textroom/]. It impedes to edit or back delete when writing (if the user chose it).
    I found this very useful to fight against the editor in me when trying to let the creative juices to flood.

    –The preferences’ pane in Aqua style —and no screen centered— would be better looking (for me).

    –Transparency control’s and image background would be fine too! So… A simple theme editing option will be mandatory if you decide to implement this.

    Thanks for your app.
    Best wishes and happy coding!

    1. A “flow mode” will be implemented in the next version (why didn’t I think of it before?). I’ll have to think about a custom background image … this could be one of those nasty distractions.

  16. Love Focus! Just got it today and it is a fantastic alternative to WriteRoom, and nice for writing outside the super-heavy interface of Scrivener.

    Can you kindly implement document padding when not in fullscreen? The flush text makes it hard to separate context when I have focus open in one screen and another editor open in another window—when, for example, I’m editing a completed work.


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