Flowstate App Reviews

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Wow! I don’t know what to say!

I’ve ALWAYS had a problem with editing and reediting my text (emails, …) over and over again, so that it always takes me at least an hour to write a simple paragraph! This app is the very first (and only) app that has addressed that bad habit. I can’t believe someone actually thought of doing this! I’ve already slightly changed the way I write in doing this review, which is why I’m doing it. OMG. This app is fracking fantastic. It’s worth it’s weight in gold! I hope it’s OK to say “fracking” ;-).

Where has this been all my life?

I bought this app the week it came out. I have been using it ever since. I use it both for personal and professional reasons. It has allowed me to write an insane amount of material over the course of this year and, honestly, has changed my life. Thanks Flowstate team!

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.

Too expensive for what it offers.

The interface looks nice and simple, and the concept is alluring, yet it doesn’t offer enough features for its price. Simply a timer and an eraser. It can come in handy to force myself to write non-stop for as an exercise. But I think $5 for the app is a more justified price. I would probably not purchase it if I had a chance to try a demo version.

Poorly supported and easily replaced

This app launched end of last year at a premium price ($15). It had a brief flurry of updates and now nothing for six months. There are still many bugs, real usability concerns, and much to improve on and refine, but neither this nor the iPhone app have been updated. Big disappointment. There was so much initial press about this. It’s hard to imagine, given how simple this app is, that doing updates could require months and months of work. But nothing seems to be happening on the update front, so I’ve returned to the apps I used before testing this out. Timeboxing my writing has worked just as well for me, and saved me from the technical issues from which Flowstate still suffers.

GREAT concept! But it crashes.

I love this concept. It’s probably the single greatest, simplest way to keep you writing once you start. The only problem I’ve had is that the thing crashes occasionally after a session and deletes my work. Luckily, it’s only happened during 10 minute intervals and the lost text isn’t a catastrophe. Fix the crashing and it’s 5 stars for sure.

Regularly Loses Entries

I see other reviews to this effect, so I am leaving my two cents here in the hopes the developer ever takes a look. This app regularly will lose a recent entry with no warning or without even crashing; I’ll close the app, reopen it, and find my most recent work just completely missing. Do not purchase.

Add functions

Please, add the sound of a typewriter and the ability to create folders (notebooks).

Surprised

I am a procrastinator. So when I came across this app I was skeptical but willing to try anything. I was surprised by how many ideas I saved and finished because I was forced to keep writing instead of continuously stopping and getting side tracked. The timed writing works. Before you start, think of a general topic you want to focus on… diary, fleshing out a story idea, fleshing out ideas for a chapter in your novel, etc. Start out with 5 minutes. I recommend this app for anyone who ends up continuously skipping around from activity to activity, or skipping around from doing what you want like writing a story to getting sidetracked right in the middle of writing out your story by web surfing aimlessly instead. This serves me as a container of free thought… I give myself permission to misspell and to punctuate inaccurately for the pursuit of creative idea nurturing.

unstable

All told, I’ve now lost about 40 minutes of writing to this crashy app. Tried it, loved it at first despite the rough edges — but then maybe the 10th time I used it, it unexpectedly quit as I was finishing up and going back to the overview screen. When it came back up, no trace of my work. Like an idiot, I tried it again, with the same result. Very, very frustrating. Wrote the developer, and they say there’s a bug related to iCloud syncing. Frankly I wasn’t even aware it was syncing and don’t need or want it to sync at all, especially if it’s causing stability issues. I wouldn’t trust this app with anything important — and if you do use it, at least make some screenshots as you write so that if (or when) it goes down, you can at least retype your work in a real app.

A must have

Weither you are just trying to create, brainstorm, or think about a strategic move, this is the app for you. I have been looking for a long time for something like this. This will allow you to spend less time on « urgent & unimportant tasks » but focus instead on the « important & non urgent tasks » which are the real game changer

Excellent

Best tool for freewriting ever! Thanks a lot for app, it’s worth every penny spent on it.

Really need customirization in disappearing speed

I love the philosophy and design of this application, it’s sleek and minimalism. But as a writer who use both English and Chinese I find this app only works for English (or other language that use Latin script). For Chinese and many other languages that separates phonetic system and written symbols, time is needed for selecting the right character for the corresponding pronunciation, in short, when I’m writing in Chinese I spend a significant amount of time selecting the words in stead of typing them, and while I’m busy selecting the words the text is disappearing at a even faster speed. This is a frustrating problem I don’t encouter while I’m writing in English. I would really love to see a adjustable disappearing speed tailored for different language users. But all in all, this is a great writing tool!

Please fix the bug!

I generally love this idea, but the bug is so annoying… I have finished writing my essay, but I have no idea what happened, the app suddenly quit and all of my essay is gone forever… I feel that I have wasted my time and money using this app, even though I could write efficiently without procrastinating, but what’s the point of not having my essay at the end of this effective writing?

unusable because of the frequent crashes

It crashes very often, making it very frustrating to use. The idea may be simple and effective, the execution is unbelievably poor. How can a text editor, however sophisticated it may be, crash so often, and leave no usable crash report or backup file when it does?

Not refined enough

Not enough features. I like the interface but it definitely demands too much for what little it gives.

Do not buy. Awesome idea, crashy execution.

I fell in love with Flowstate as soon as I started using it on my iPhone. Seeing that it was on sale, I decided to buy it on desktop and assumed the best, despite some reviews that complained about crashiness. I have a 2014 mac so I figured things would be fine. Things were not fine. My very first use of the program on my macbook pro, I did a 10 minute flow and lost all my text. INSANELY frustrating. I am really bummed about the execution here because I am crazy about the concept. IF the whole premise is that you lose your writing when you stop writing, you can’t lose your writing just because the app is buggy!

Awesome

Simple and powerful. Please in further upgrades (if they expected) - add White Text on Black background option, please.

unstable

All told, I’ve now lost about 40 minutes of writing to this crashy app. Tried it, loved it at first despite the rough edges — but then maybe the 10th time I used it, it unexpectedly quit as I was finishing up and going back to the overview screen. When it came back up, no trace of my work. Like an idiot, I tried it again, with the same result. Very, very frustrating. Wrote the developer, and they say there’s a bug related to iCloud syncing. Frankly I wasn’t even aware it was syncing and don’t need or want it to sync at all, especially if it’s causing stability issues. I wouldn’t trust this app with anything important — and if you do use it, at least make some screenshots as you write so that if (or when) it goes down, you can at least retype your work in a real app.

Thanks, Satan!

This app is pure evil, and it’s fantastic. As a uni student, I struggle getting through my longer research papers - papers where I know what I need to write about, but lack the motivation to get through typing out sentence after sentence. Having the pressure of losing my work has really challenged me to write more, and it’s boosted my productivity so much! I accomplish more in a ten-minute session than I used to in an hour. I simply write out what I want to say on Flowstate, copy & paste it in my document, and then edit & add cititations. It’s excellent. It really does get you into a “flow” - I’m often typing well after the session has technically ended, because my mind is still going. Would absolutely recommend this app. In fact, I have recommended it to several other friends. It will push you, but the results are so worth it (and they will save you a ton of time!)

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