Convert it to Text!

Why use plain text?

I love working in plain text. As someone who is easily distracted by formatting, fonts, and color palettes, I find that writing in plain text keeps focused on the content at hand. There are other, more technical reasons why I love plain text as well.


Plain text is extremely portable. File encoding differences aside, plain text files are trivially readable on any operating system. There is no need for special programs, like word processors, to open them.

Use with Unix tools

Plain text files work with all of my favorite Unix tools, such as grep, pipes, and output redirection.

Use with Ranger

Ranger for the win

case "$extension" in
        try odt2txt "$path" && { dump | trim | fmt -s -w $width; exit 0;};;

Tools in the toolset

Bonus tools