When comparing Focused vs IntelliJ IDEA, the Slant community recommends IntelliJ IDEA for most people. In the question“What are the best Markdown editors for OS X?” IntelliJ IDEA is ranked 22nd while Focused is ranked 28th.
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Pro Distraction free writing experience
Focused's interface is quite minimalistic and allows you to focus on the writing and the writing only. There's nothing that may distract the user.
Pro Integrated Markdown viewer
You won't need an additional app to preview generated content.
Pro Stress-free writing
Very uncomplicated. Creates a stress free writing environment.
Pro Comes from a good stable
Developer has produced other well-designed and stable apps.
Pro Great Java Support
Pro A good editor for test-driven development
Pro Markdown support with preview
Pro Good BASH script support
Pro Great TypeScript support
Really good support for importing classes, libraries, etc. into a typescript class. Making it easy to do TDD.
Pro Supports PHP quite well
Pro Angular CLI support
Con Might be abandoned
There has not been any update for quite some time.
Con Clunky interface
The interface is somewhat clunky and using it just isn't all that enjoyable.
Con Cannot publish directly to wordpress or other blogging platforms
Con No footnotes support
Doesn't handle MultiMarkdown footnotes well - or at all.
Con The "music" won't be to everyone's tastes
Focused uses various soundtracks to keep the user focused on the writing. But these soundtracks are built-in and may not be liked by everyone.
Con Is not free
But it does have a free version (Community Edition).
Consumes more resources than VSCode etc. But depending on your use-case, it can still be worth it for the benefits you get with this editor.
Con Autocomplete does not work while IntelliJ is indexing
But this, in general, is not much of an issue. Usually after npm install, etc.