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.
Ditch the chaos. Make your writing process smooth as
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.