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The Google Docs alternative for serious writers and teams

ButterDocs is writing software that helps you run a more productive writing process with a built-in notes app, outlining board, tools for focus, and collaboration built for professional writing & editing workflows.

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Why switch?
Why switch?
For starters, you’ll no longer be slowed down by these Google Docs hassles
Dump docs
Context switching
Anonymous elephants
Suggestion Overload
Rogue Edits
Dump docs
Context switching
Anonymous elephants
Suggestion Overload
Rogue Edits

Ditch the chaos. Make your writing process smooth as

with

Google Docs

This is chaotic writing and it is slowing you down.
Documents that get messier as you go
Unclear outlines and disorganized research
Breaking focus from writing to grab research
Deleting good ideas while self-editing
Anonymous elephants peer as you try to write
Untracked edits by who knows?
Comment and strikethrough overload
Not knowing status or whose turn it is
with

ButterDocs

A writing process that unlocks your creativity and efficiency.
Distraction-free writing environment
Outline board & notes app for every document
See your research and outline as you write
Stash unused text to be used later
Write in private and make visible when ready
Always know what has changed and by whom
Comment tags, filtering, and sorting
Status notifications to keep progress flowing
Try ButterDocs for free
“I increased my words per hour by 50% with ButterDocs.”
––– Alexander Boswell
      Founder of SaaSOCIATE
Preparation

Visually outline, add research, and discuss ideas before writing.

Great writing starts before the words with clear outlines, research, and briefs – hard to do with messy ol’ GDocs. Let ideas flow and research fall into place with collaborative outlining and notes connected to every ButterDocs document.

Chaos avoided
Documents that get messier as you go
Unclear outlines and disorganized research

Outline with Blocks

Create a Block (digital index card) for each section of your doc with a synopsis of what you plan to write. Build your outline & get a high-level view of your writing.

Organize Research with Notes

Each Block has its own note to store research and other necessary info for that section. Add more notes to your document as needed and organize them with inline links.

Collaborate During Planning

Get team input during the planning stage with comments on Blocks. Stay on the same page by assigning Blocks to collaborators and setting statuses.

Writing

See your outline and notes as you write.
Stay in a writing flow.

When you have set time available to write, focus is a must. With Google Docs, all you have is a cluttered page to write on. With ButterDocs, you have tools for focus and all the information you need to write available to you without breaking your flow.

Chaos avoided
Breaking focus from writing to grab research
Deleting good ideas while self-editing

Focus & Dark Mode

Eliminate distractions with Focus Mode. Give your eyes a break with Dark Mode. Activate either quickly with the Cmd + K shortcut. (Ctrl + K on PC).

Word Sprints

Need a productivity boost? Start a timed word sprint and push yourself until the timer runs out. Toggle on nag notifications to nudge you back on task when distracted.

Stash Unused Text

Wrote something you love that doesn't work in its current spot? Put it in the Stash for safekeeping, then drag and drop it anywhere in your document later.

Editing

Take control over sharing, edits, and drafts.
Craft your process.

Collaborative writing and editing can be downright scary. No one feels like they are in control, because no one really is with Google Docs. ButterDocs gives writers and teams the tools to craft a real, custom process for working together, without the chaos.

Chaos avoided
Anonymous elephants peer as you try to write
Untracked edits by who knows?
Comment and strikethrough overload
Not knowing status or whose turn it is

Branch & Merge

Create branch copies of your doc that you or collaborators can edit without affecting the main draft. Review which of the edits are incorporated back into the main draft.

Tag, Filter, & Sort Comments

Avoid comment overload with custom tags. Filter comments by tag to only see what's relevant. @ your collaborators in comments to notify them and get their input.

Snapshots & Revert Mode

Version control made easy with Snapshots. Easily access old drafts, see what's changed, and use Revert Mode to undo any specific edit made in a past Snapshot.

What writers, editors, and teams think so far

So far I really like the interface and can't wait to write more in it.
–––– @ZippyLines
Awesome!
–––– @meganbateman5661
digging the feature richness without bloat
–––– @AlForNothing
Oh no! This app is taking away all of my excuses for not writing. Darn!
–––– @DianeWilliams
Oh my god so far this is amazing. I've been looking for a UX like this. Great work team and thank you!
–––– @ssbrks
Very excited to have all my notes in one document while I'm writing!
–––– @arielm8138
woo! love this :)
–––– @lukewarmbones
I've been especially enjoying the blocks! It helps me to take small steps and lessens the overwhelming blank page. 😅
–––– @jelleey