Pico-8 Word Processor
As someone extremely fond of retroactively useless technology, I thought I'd take the time to make an instantly obsolete piece of software. This is the Pico-8 Word Processor, the text editor you never knew you needed (because you don't).
In seriousness, I think this project would work well to keep away distractions when writing. It strips writing down to the bare essentials, almost like writing on a typewriter. No superfluous fluff here; only the written word.
This is my first Pico-8 published project, so let me know what you think or if you can think of any additions. In the future, I'd love to create a version compatible with non-keyboarded hardware (see below) and to include more calming classical music (like clair de lune)
- 27 characters per line, 13 lines per screen; all in a stylish, yet readable font
- Supports both uppercase and lowercase letters
- Day/Night modes, included BGM, and toggleable key clicking noises to make the experience just that slight touch nicer
- When finished, export your text to a .txt file for further editing
- daniel linssen for the font (m3x6) and @merwok for converting it to Pico-8
- @RobbyDuguay for the BGM
- @Gruber for the key clicking sound from their sfx pack
By modifying code from afburgess, I was able to make a quick mod that allows non-keyboarded hardware to run this software. In the future, I'd like to figure out a way to make typing a little quicker. Maybe I should move the keys around some more... Anyway, please give me any feedback you have!
Credit to @afburgess for the base code of the virtual keyboard.
Dude that beach music is so perfect, and same with the sound effects. I showed it to a friend, and he agreed: the sound for each keypress and the music turn your cart into an experience! I felt like I was writing dialogue in a retro RPG in an emotional cutscene. I really like what you made. Keep it up!
(Who knew all I needed was a good-looking word processor with nice music?)
@geojax Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to see some people really take to this :) Tbh, I was able to finish the basic text inputting system within a couple of days, so I had a lot of time to think about addding QOL features like the bgm (since I always listen to music when writing). I'd like to make an updated version, but I'm not quite sure of what to add, really. I'm not a super good programmer, so having a simple project I can easily build onto is perfect for me. I might rework the Toki Pona dictionary I did a little bit ago, but who knows?
Be sure to let me know if anything you write in this makes its way into a project!
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