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Free apps to help you write

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These is good to know. And, although not free, Zoot 5.0 (Windows only) is a great resources for collecting notes and information by project. I’m using it now, and James Fallows swears by it.

The post at the link above is by Dustin M. Wax, a contributing editor and project manager at lifehack.org. He is also the creator of The Writer’s Technology Companion, a site devoted to the tools of the writing trade. When he’s not writing, he teaches anthropology and women’s studies in Las Vegas, NV. His personal site can be found at dwax.org.

  1. q10: A cool, minimalist full-screen text editor that includes a spellchecker and a couple other nice features. (Win Only; Alternatives: DarkRoom, also Win-only; DarkRoom, Mac-only but not free; Writer, online app)
  2. Freemind: Java-based mindmapping software. Great for brainstorming and taking notes. (Runs anywhere Java runs)
  3. EverNote: Capture formatted notes from any application to a single place. The new version (in private beta now) offers online access, too. (A paid version offers niceties like handwriting recognition.)
  4. Zotero: Firefox extension that allows you to capture bibliographic information from web pages, organize citiations and documents, and create bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice. Essential for anyone who does research on the web.
  5. yWriter4: Novel-writing software created by a working writer with writers in mind. Keeps character descriptions, notes, and other essential information at your fingertips as you write. (Win and Linux)
  6. Sonar: Submission tracking software from the same guy who wrote yWriter4. Keep track of markets and submissions easily. (Win and Linux)
  7. Foxit Reader: A super-fast PDF reader. Opens almost every document much more quickly than Adobe Reader. (Win only)
  8. PDF Creator: Open source program to create PDF files from any application that can print. Installs a “virtual printer” under your programs “Print” menu; select it to save as PDF. (Win only)
  9. Enso Words: Provides system-wide spellchecking and word count; simply select text and enter a keystroke combination (“Caps Lock” + s for spellcheck, “Caps Lock” + w for word count, etc.). (Win only)

At the first link above, you can also find:

  • 10 Useful On-line Apps and Services for the Writer
  • 10 Sites Every Writer Should Bookmark (Besides Lifehack)
  • 30 Lifehack Posts Every Writer Should Read
  • 5 Online Communities Every Writer Should Join

And also take a look at these related Lifehack posts:

Written by LeisureGuy

31 March 2008 at 8:59 am

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  1. Thanks for an interesting and useful article!

    Nancy

    31 March 2008 at 9:07 am

  2. This is a great list, I’m going to be linking to it on my own writing blog. Thanks for compiling this! Must have been a lot of web-trolling!

    echorogue

    31 March 2008 at 10:33 am

  3. Note that the above is a quote from another site: Lifehacker.org. The link is at the beginning. The indentation is meant to signify that it’s a quotation.

    LeisureGuy

    31 March 2008 at 11:42 am

  4. I just talked about Q10 in my blog! I too agree that it is a fantastic piece of software to use.

    zoke

    31 March 2008 at 3:37 pm

  5. Actually, I wrote that at lifehack.org. I love to see people quoting my work, but quoting the entire piece is a little less than cool.

    Dustin

    1 April 2008 at 8:17 am

  6. I did provide the link to the original, which I thought made it okay. But now that you’ve pointed it out, I’ve cut back the content and emphasized your authorship. Thanks for taking the time to point that out.

    LeisureGuy

    1 April 2008 at 8:23 am

  7. Thanks. I sent you a long email, too. I’m glad to see that I was right to trust you as a person. You have to know that tons of sites rip off content from popular sites; I’d like to think that at least my fellow writers can be gracious about how they quote other people’s work. The link is a nice step, but give people a reason to click through — share the love!

    Dustin

    1 April 2008 at 8:39 am


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