Farewell Editorially, Hello Quip.

It was something that both shocked and saddened me. A good bye note from the team behind Editorially was damp start to my morning on this Valentine’s Day. Here’s the announcement in full:

Today brings some sad news: Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data.

We’re proud of the team and tool that we built together and incredibly thankful that so many of you were willing to give it a try. And we continue to believe that evolving the way we collaborate as writers and editors is important work. But Editorially has failed to attract enough users to be sustainable, and we cannot honestly say we have reason to expect that to change.

We wish that were not the case — we’ve spent much of the past two years working on the hypothesis that the reverse was true — but today we must be honest with ourselves, and with you: this isn’t going to work.

We know many of you have spent time and energy making Editorially a tool you use every day, even going so far as to evangelize it to your friends and colleagues. For that: thank you. We’re sincerely sorry to have let you down.

I loved Editorially for it became my online notebook for writing blog posts, notes, essays and parts of my future novel. It’s UI was clean, simple and it simply begged me to keep on writing. The best part about it was the ease of sharing my drafts to be revised and edited by folks I trust. Now that they’re on their final days, I thought I was back to using desktop tools like JDarkRoom or Notepad for writing.

Thankfully, The Next Web pointed to two alternatives: Penflip and Quip. Both of which are focused on collaborative writing. I chose Quip mainly because of its cross-platform availability. One of the let downs of Editorially was the lack of an Android app. Though Penflip closely resembles the UI of Editorially and has support for Markdown tags, I opted for the Quip because it has an Adroid app and I feel using Markdown tags will distract me from actual writing as I want to write down words as they ooze from my mind and style and dress up everything later during the editing and re-writing process.

Much thanks for the Editorially team and good luck to all of you!

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