RoughDraft is a lightweight word processor that was designed a couple of years back as an all-in-one solution for creative writing. The application provides every basic tool and feature needed to write novels, short stories, articles, screenplays and more.
Basic interface for easy use
Since its development ended a couple of years back, the application was left with a rather plain GUI which might not seem so appealing to most of today’s users. So, as far as looks go, RoughDraft won't capture your attention in any special way but it is pleasing to see that it offers a straightforward and intuitive layout of the main window.
Typical to other word processors, RoughDraft displays all of its common and frequently used tools and features in toolbars that are situated at the top of the main window. From there you are able to choose the font type, size, color, text alignment, add bullets, save the current project or undo a mistake.
More complex features are placed in menus and are equally easy to access and use.
A text only tool
RoughDraft can work with text in a lot of ways. You get to format paragraphs differently, change font color, add subscript, superscript and strikeout text, adjust line spacing and more. What it can’t do is offer support for image insertion, tables, footnotes and grammar checking.
Except for the latter, none of the previously mentioned are frequently used to write short novels or screenplays so their absence is not a major inconvenience. Additionally, you might not get help with grammar, but RoughDraft is fitted with a decent dictionary that can certainly come in handy.
Practical for those who need the basic stuff
All in all, despite the fact that the application has been discontinued, it’s still a handy tool and better than a lot text processors that have recently appeared. So, if you’re looking for a simple and practical tool to write with, then you can try RoughDraft.