Text editor. Simple. Works offline. Works on a browser tab. Good. Textdown is all that for you. But, it is just another text editor for Chrome and Chrome OS. Looks like there are many developers working on text editors for Chrome with offline capabilities and simple user interface. Text is one of them, and now Textdown.
I didn’t quite like the fact that I had to type in a name for the new document before I can start typing. But once I am on the browser tab with my text file, things look neat. But this can be disabled from the options page, but why set this on by default?
From the looks of it, this is not a packaged app. Chrome OS app launcher has an arrow mark on the app icon indicating that this is not a native app. However, since the app uses HTML5 local storage, it works more like a native app. Chrome OS is identifying it as an external app because it uses the concept of a (local) webpage.
On the editor, there is nothing that distracts you from writing. To access options, you can right click the app icon from the menu and choose “options”
The options page lists you a lot of configuration choices including access to the complete html template so that you can customize the interface with your own code. There are some developer friendly options as well, if you plan to write some code using the app.
(This app is no longer available on the Chrome Web Store for download)