This fast, basic word processor is for when you don't want anything to get between your keyboard and the screen.
A throwback to early computers with monochrome CRT-based monitors, Writer displays bright green type on a black background. It has an undo feature, a selection of 31 fonts and the ability to export your document in a variety of formats or send it to a Google Cloud Printer (when you're online, of course). It does, however, lack creature comforts like spell-checking and a search function.
A Pro version of Writer adds a real-time word counter, thesaurus and revision history; it costs $5 a month.
Brian Nadel is a frequent contributor to Computerworld.