Some users are critical of Jesse Grosjean’s decision to charge a (very moderate, in my view) fee for the new release. That’s a shame, because WriteRoom is more than just a simple full-screen mode. The new features I’m excited about are the typewriter scrolling mode (makes typing long screeds of words much easier) and the live word count (appears in the lower-left corner of the screen, very unobtrusively).
The one change I’m less keen on is the way files are managed. In 1.0, all your files were saved automatically until you explicitly deleted them. On opening WriteRoom, every currently active file was opened, ready to use. WriteRoom 2.0 changes this behavior, and you now need to save files in a specific location and with a suitable filename before you can quit the app.
Other than this minor change (which I shall just try and get used to), WriteRoom continues to impress me and for anyone who spends hours a day writing, is worth every cent.
As for the people who think 25 bucks is too much, their best option is probably to make use of the built-in zoom feature in OS X. This is handy for those of you with a TextMate license, because TextMate doesn’t work with WriteRoom’s “Edit in WriteRoom” feature, and is a decent alternative (at least until Allan Odgaard builds a full screen mode for TM).