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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


  • Econometrics
    Econometrics is the application of statistical or quantitative methods to understand economic issues and test theories, and models. Featured software in this group test includes: gretl, Draco, R, Grocer
  • Games (Part 1)
    Next time someone says that Linux lacks quality games, point them to this Group Test. Superb action, arcade, role play, and strategy games, simulation games and more abound here in this massive selection. The chaotic and intense first person shooters Nexuiz, Warsow are two of the 42 games featured here.
  • Games (Part 2)
    Our readers' selection of the games they play the most. Again, all game genres are covered in this huge group test.
  • Games (Part 3)
    A smaller group test than Parts 1 and 2, but still covering a wide genre of games. If you are looking for some adventure, give Blob Wars: Blob and Conquer a whirl. 20 other top games are carefully selected for sheer fun.
  • Geometry
    Geometry combines three branches of mathematics: geometry, calculus and algebra. We concentrate here on 2D Geometry and 3D Geometry software.
  • Graphics
    This is the group test for anyone interested in graphics software. We recommend software covering 3D Modeling and Rendering, Raster and Vector Graphic Editors, Animation and Drawing Tools, as well as Photo Management and Graphics Viewers. Camera lovers are not forgotten either. Applications strongly recommended include: GIMP, Inkscape, Synfig, and F-Spot.
  • Office Suites
    An office suite is a collection of related software for business and other uses. We cover the best open source office software available including, a real competitor to Microsoft Office, Google Docs, a web-based online office suite from Google, and Zoho Office Suite, a web based suite.
  • Project Management
    Project management tools encompass many different types of software such as scheduling, resource allocation, collaboration software, quality management, and cost control / budget management. This group test covers both native Linux software and web-based applications. The Java based GanttProject is one of the applications on show here.
  • Scientific
    The Scientific Software Group Test is one of most popular, highlighting the best general maths, computer alegbra systems, statistics, plotting, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, electronic and engineering, geographic information systems and more. A taster of the software included: Octave, Scilab, PSPP, Celestia, and GRASS, the Geographic Resources Analysis Support System.
  • Video
    Another mammoth group test for all your video needs covering video players, media center solutions, media collection managers, video editors, video samplers, vide streaming, animation, and webcam software. Selected software highlighted includes: VLC, MythTV, and Kino.
  • Video Editors
    Following on from the Video Group Test, this offers a more specialised feature focusing on software for editing motion video footage. OpenShot is one of the software recommended, a relative newcomer to the video editing scene, challenging the more established Kdenlive, Kino, and Cinelerra
  • Webcam
    A group test selecting the best software for operating a webcam.

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