2006 - present

JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand. If you are writing a speech, novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to concentrate on your writing, then JDarkRoom may help you.

For a relatively simple text editor, JDarkRoom has been phenomenally popular (at least compared to my expectations). Between 2006 and 2010 the website had over 200,000 hits and over 75,000 downloads.

On 16th January 2007, JDarkRoom was LifeHacker's Download of the Day and the growing popularity of the editor led to the creation of a sightings page, where members of the community could send in a photo of JDarkRoom running on their own computer.

The development of JDarkRoom was heavily inspired by DarkRoom, an implementation of WriteRoom (which is a Mac-only application) for Windows, but DarkRoom requires the Microsoft .NET framework. I decided to create my own implementation in Java for those that prefer not to use .NET.

For more, visit the JDarkRoom website or the JDarkRoom discussion group on Google.