Why pay for Word processors, image editing software and other tools when there are solid open source alternatives around? The guys from Job Profiles just compiled in fact a big list with 50 open source resources for writers. Below you will find my favorite ones:
- Open Office (office suite; forget Microsoft)
- NotePad++ (best notepad around, especially for editing HTML and other codes)
- AbiWord (very light word processor)
- JaLingo (desktop dictionary)
- Ever Note (organize your chapters and essays)
- Sonar (track your publishing contacts)
- PDF Creator (word as good as the Adobe software)
- Prompt (change your prompt to get inspired)
- GIMP (alternative to Photoshop)
- WordPress (if you need a website, go with WordPress)
14 thoughts on “50 Open Source Resources for Writers”
My husband is a huge fan of web-based computer applications, and is a devoted user of mind-mapping software. He uses it to outline speeches, and always for his research and writing projects.
Thank you for such an amazing resource. Were it not for blogs like this, I wouldn’t be aware that such things exist.
As for a Photoshop alternative, there’s also Paint.Net.
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I like the yWriter software very much.
I am using it to write my first book.
Discovering open source software was a revelation for me. You can find something OS for almost any program, even things like PHPList for doing free mailing lists, Coppermine Gallery for a free gallery. Wow! Just added a few more based on your list.
Worth to consider (source available under MIT License): Paint.Net ( ). Last time I saw it was still free and seemed to keep going that way. Only Windows, though.
I enjoy the free Ubuntu linux operating system with the minimalist editor Pyroom, Writer’s Cafe (also for Windows), and OpenOffice.
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Can Anyone recommend a Window 7 compatible open source software (not ONLINE) that will check grammar and propose different layouts for a phrase or paragraph.
I have 280 pages to edit for a manuscript (can’t afford a professional editor) before presenting it to potential publishers. Thanks