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10 Top Tools for Novelists
The software featured in this article is designed to meet the specialised needs of a budding novelist. There's the finest open source distraction-free tools, software designed to create visual novels, and tools to help capture and visualise ideas.

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(commercial) Mathematica seamlessly integrates a numeric and symbolic computational engine, graphics system, programming language, documentation system, and advanced connectivity to other applications. It is this range of capabilities--many world-leading in their own right--that makes Mathematica uniquely capable as a "one-stop shop" for you or your organization's technical work. It can handle complex symbolic calculations that often involve hundreds of thousands or millions of terms. Read more


    APODIO is a live bootable cd, containing major audio tools (under Gnu/Linux) and a whole operating system (based on Mandrake 10.1) working from boot, without the need to install or change anything on the hard disk.
  • ArtistX
    ArtistX is a live DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio. It is based on Debian GNU/Linux and contains nearly all the available free audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video software for the GNU/Linux computing platform. It doesn't need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives. The files produced with ArtistX can be easily stored on a USB card or CD/DVD medium while it is running.
  • Flippatix
    Flippatix is a LiveCD light-weight Linux distribution based on Debian unstable (a.k.a. Sid). It is oriented to audio and video streaming, so it gives to you a good collection of players and broadcasters.
  • GeeXboX
    GeeXboX is a full operating system, running under Linux and based on the excellent MPlayer. No need of hard drive, you just have to put the GeeXboX bootable CD into the CD-Drive of any pentium-class computer to boot it. Read more
  • KnoppMyth
    KnoppMyth is an attempt at making the Linux and MythTV installation as trivial as possible.
  • LiMP
    Linux Multimedia Player is another tiny Linux based OS. It converts your computer into a multimedia player. It supports most of the known formats, including mpeg-I, or mpeg-II, divx, and wmv. It has the auto detection of partitions (ide or sata or scsi), sound cards, video cards, network cards and supports all the the cards as of kernel 2.6.13. It identifies the Partitions and mounts in the folder START. It has the network support, which can be configured inside the GUI. All in a embedded image file of size 35 MB.
  • Mediainlinux
    Mediainlinux is a complete Linux distribution targeted at multimedia production, which is a Live cd (knoppix derived) containing more than 200 graphical application and thousands of command line tools for: Acquisition, Conversion, Editing, Compression and Post Production.
  • Musix GNU+Linux
    Musix GNU+Linux is intended for musicians and all kind of users. It contains an enormous collection of free programs. The system will boot from your CD/DVD drive, with no need to install anything on your hard disk.
  • MythDora
    MythDora is a Fedora Core and MythTV "All-In-One" CD/DVD. The install will load a preconfigured Fedora Core 6 installation on your computer as well as install and configure MythTV-0.20-1. There are extras included with MythDora such as MythArchive, MediaMVP and MythStreamTV for some extra fun.
  • Oralux
    Audio GNU/Linux distro for vision impaired persons. Oralux hopes to facilitate access to GNU/Linux for the vision impaired people.
  • Photo-ix
    A new Morphix derivative. The aim is to turn a really-low specfication laptop into a digital photo-viewer.
  • StreamBOX-LiveCD
    StreamBOX-LiveCD is a selfmade, KNOPPIX based Boot-CD, which is specially designed to stream MP3. Also there are some programs to stream in the OGG-Vorbis-Format.
  • StudioGo
    StudioGo is a complete entertainment system with various multimedia and graphics tools to create, edit or play.
  • VortexBox
    VortexBox is a quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox.
  • VortexBox
    VortexBox is a free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn.
  • WOMP!
    WOMP! is a micro linux distribution focused on multimedia, which takes only 13 to 30 MB depending on the selected options on a bootable CD, and allows playing a wide range of multimedia files (video/audio/image) without installing any software on the computer's hard drive.
  • X-Evian
    X-Evian is a Spanish DebianGNU/Linux operating system compilation that comes with 300Mb of copyleft material for the socialization of knowledge and technologies.

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