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Gmail is my favorite text editor. It autosaves (in the cloud). It's browser-based. All I have to do to share with a friend is press send.

But opening a new window is difficult - especially while browsing elsewhere or using a different app.

And the New Message window, once opened, cannot be collapsed into a narrow column. It's a little clunky.

Also, it tells all (or none) of my friends I'm awake.

Is there a web app (or client) that is compatible with Gmail (maybe even has chat), and functions as a minimal text editor?

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You set chat visibility to invisible if you don't want anyone to know you are awake. – Fuhrmanator Feb 26 '13 at 4:17
Have you looked into Thunderbird? getthunderbird.com – Vidar S. Ramdal Feb 26 '13 at 8:59
@Fuhrmanator I was being a little tongue-in-cheek there (maybe you were too?), but have edited the statement you refer to. – samthebrand Feb 26 '13 at 15:47
Yes, in the sense that you can set it up to auto-save every x minutes (see Preferences -> Composing), and you can set drafts to be saved in an IMAP folder (see Accounts -> Copies and folders). – Vidar S. Ramdal Feb 26 '13 at 22:26
Why does Google Drive not work? Same idea of text editing, and sharing documents uses contact information associated with your Google (hence Gmail) account. – OnenOnlyWalter Feb 27 '13 at 1:19

It depends what you mean by "text editor".

If you want an osx gmail client that has solid, wysiwyg editing capabilities (and a really nice user interface, try Sparrow. Google bought them, but it still seems well-supported enough.

If you meant a true plaintext editor, there are a ton, but I find both Byword and iaWriter to be minimal enough to kill distractions, but with decent markdown support.

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