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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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Kega Fusion
Kega Fusion is an impressive multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake. The emulator supports most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis (Mega Drive), Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Read more


  • a2ps
    "Anything" to PostScript converter. It is easier to install than enscript, which needed flex, which isn't installed on the Z. So far, tested only with text files. Other formats will probably not work
  • Addoc
    a commandline program that will add files to your Documents tab in Opie or Qtopia. If your shell supports wildcards, addoc can add multiple files at the same time (ie, "addoc *" will add all the files in the current directory)
  • armutils
    a collection of console apps including bzip2, wc, gpg, tcsh, diff
  • BURP
    Blowfish Updated Re-entrant Project: a lean, multi-platform command-line utility program that encrypts and decrypts files using a strong cryptographic algorithm named "Blowfish"
  • BusyBox
    combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides minimalist replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in fileutils, shellutils, findutils, textutils, grep, gzip, tar, etc
  • Busybox
    an update of Busybox for the Zaurus
  • dig
    a static zaurus compile of the ISC Bind utility dig for a variety of nameserver queries
  • DocReader
    DocReader is a port of an eBook reader (for Palm DOC format).
  • English Dictionary Pro
    American English dictionary based on the Princeton University's Word Net lexical database, over 77,000 basic word forms in 5.5 MB
  • FBReader
    FBReader is an e-book reader for Linux PDAs and desktop computers. FBReader currently works on Sharp Zaurus, Siemens Simpad with Opensimpad ROM, and Linux desktop computers. FBReader supports the following e-book formats: fb2, html, plucker, palmdoc, zTxt, and plain text.
  • file
    used before the days of MIME to tell you what a particular file type is. Reads the first few bytes of data from the given file, tries to match it with its database, and reports the file type
  • FNViewer
    FNViewer is a FreeNoteQt private viewer.
  • GGZCards
    an extension for the orginial Sharp Zarus ROM, that allows you to modify the appearance of the Qtopia UI. Features: Custom styles can be loaded via plugins, Color-schemes can be created and edited
  • Gutenbrowser
    a cross platform way to easily search, download and read free classic literature, in the form of electronic etexts
  • Hancom Creator
    creates 4 ipk files in your Documents Directory, one for the libs, and one each for the three Hancom applications
  • HideCF
    HideCF is a simple tool to clean up your Zaurus Documents Tab.
  • IRK
    IRK provides an interface between the LIRC infrared remote driver and the Qtopia environment. It adds a plugin that interfaces the LIRC device to Qtopia.
  • JeodCreator
    JeodCreator is an ipk for Sharp Zaurus 5500 users to package Jeod into an ipk file so it can be stored on the desktop while Opie is being put on the Zaurus. After which Jeod can be re-installed.
  • keyz
    a Taskbar applet and configuration utilities for setting up and usage of different keyboard layouts on the hardware keyboard of Sharp Zaurus SL-5x00 PDAs
  • konqstart
    a little C++ program which turns your konqueror bookmarks into a startup web site, so that you can just reach your bookmaks without having to use the menu
  • ldap2zaurus
    a simple PHP script for exporting addresses from an LDAP directory to the XML format used by the Zaurus address book
  • ldap2zaurus.rb
    ldap2zaurus.rb is a simple Ruby script for exporting addresses from an LDAP directory to the XML format used by the Zaurus' address book.
  • LEP-Gen
    LEP-Gen is an open-source low-entropy password generator for the Sharp Zaurus.
  • less
    installs "less", "lesskey", and "lessecho" in "./usr/bin"
  • Light Switch Applet
    Light Switch Applet is a simple applet which adds an on/off toggle switch for the backlight on the Z.
  • LPRng
    implements LPD (Line Printer Daemon). Talks to other LPD servers, or directly to LPD-compliant printers (most print servers and networked printers).
  • Media Mounter
    Media Mounter is a simple application allowing you to mount and unmount devices you've configured in your /etc/fstab file.
  • mioReaderLite
    a Japanese capable text reader with integrated dictionary for the Sharp Zaurus PDA. It's part of a more ambitious project, mioSuite
  • most
    a pager like "less" or "more", but in addition to it being smaller, it is more featureful. It is colored, can display non-ascii characters, it can have multiple open windows, and can toggle wrapping of lines
  • OTP Keygen
    compute a response in two different forms, an easy-to-remember nonsense sentence consisting of six short words, and the hexadecimal equivalent for MD4/MD5 computation
  • oz2remind
    oz2remind is a tool to convert OpenZaurus Opie calendar XML files to Remind format.
  • p2z
    a Perl tool that converts Palm Memo, ToDo, Adressbook and Datebook data to the Zaurus builtin applications. It needs Perl and opie-sh
  • Palm2zaurus
    a Palm addressbook to zaurus conversion Perl script
  • PicoGUI
    a new Graphical User Interface architecture designed with embedded systems in mind. The scope of the project includes low-level graphics and input, widgets, themeing, layout, font rendering, network transparency, and debugging features
  • qkonsole
    a Zaurus console program. Improvements on original embeddedkonsole include: font selector (zoom keys on C7xx) full screen (toggled with fn-5 on C7xx) variable history lines select by words (hold down shift key) title support (in bash: export PS1="[33]2;w07]\$ ") paste with fn-p (C7xx) new session with fn-n (C7xx) command selector for most recently/often used commands etc
  • qpdf2
    a PDF reader and note manager for the Zaurus. It includes a gesture based user interface, asynchronous redraw, text view, highlighting with note manager, and incremental search. It works on 5x00 with 2.37 or TKC ROM, and C7x0
  • QPSword
    a Qtopia frontend for CrossWire Bible Society's free Bible software project
  • qs_opie
    provides a fast and efficient pen-based data input method for the Sharp Zaurus and iPaq Qtopia/Opie handhelds. QwikScript was inspired by "quickwriting", a data entry method advanced by Ken Perlin which allows you to enter full sentences with an uninterrupted flowing motion
  • QTReader
    QTReader is a small QTE based etext reader which will read PalmDoc, plain text, gzipped text and its own very highly compressed format.
  • Remote Clip
    Remote Clip enables you to transfer text and files among multiple computers - such as desktop computers, laptops, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) - by synchronizing their clipboards.
  • Rend
    a small, lightweight daemon that watches the processes running on a machine and will renice those specified by the user automatically, whenever they are run
  • ROMburst
    a little program to tease apart the pieces of the ROM image for separate inspection
  • ScanChamp
    (commercial) provides extreamly quick, easy, and robust way to program, or read scans from the CS-1504 and CS-2000 using any computing platform supported by SerialPort. Note: ScanChamp uses SerialPort to access the serial port that the CS-1504 or CS-2000 is attached to.
    a simple opie-sh front end to the flite speech synthesis program
  • strip2zsafe
    converts Strip account information from a Palm PDA to a ZSafe compatible textfile, for use with the Zaurus and other Linux PDAs
  • sysinfo
    a hack of the opie sysinfo
  • terminfo-utils
    terminfo-utils adds the missing tput and tset commands for terminfo manipulation.
  • trans
    a small bidirectional dictionary lookup tool for Linux PDAs. It uses grep to lookup words in a gzipped dictionary file and uses opie-sh to show the results
  • txt2tags
    txt2tags provides ipk packages of the text conversion and formatting tool, txt2tags, for users of Linux embedded systems that use the iPKG Package Management System.
  • unicode-fonts
    unicode-fonts is a collection of Unicode fonts for the Z.
  • unison
    a port of a file-synchronization tool
  • unzip
    unzip utility for the zaurus console
  • WaJEi
    WaJEi (was Sagasu) is a Japanese-English / English-Japanese dictionary program, written in Java, that allows English to Japanese lookups, Japanese to English lookups phonetically & Japanese to English lookups by kanji.
  • WhatsUpOnZ
    WhatsUpOnZ is a system manager for the Sharp Zaurus-SL 5x00. It displays the processes running on computer in list and tree form. Processes can be killed and various other signals can be send to specific processes. It also features a processor load and memory usage monitor.
  • X10Client
    with your Sharp Zaurus equiped with a Wireless Network CF Card, you can turn on/off or dim lights in your house with the X10Client
  • z2m
    a tiny Perl script to extract Mutt mail aliases from a Zaurus addressbook file
  • Zaurus Synchronization Repository
    aims to provide a professional solution for synchronizing ones Zaurus on the Linux operating system. It brings Zaurus users a complete tool allowing them to synchronize their data with any a number of Desktop PIM (Personal Information Management) applications
  • zbedic
    a dictionary for the Zaurus that features 18 dictionaries
  • zLapSpeed Calculator
    zLapSpeed Calculator calculates average lap speeds and qualification lap averages for any race track. 50 pre-programmed race tracks, or enter the length in miles or kilometers.
  • ZSafe
    a password manager for the Sharp Zaurus SL5500. Passwords can be stored into four different categories. The password file will be encrypted by using a secure RC2 mechanism
  • ZTrans
    an english to german translation program for the Sharp Zaurus SL5500. It uses babylon dictionaries. The dictonaries must be within the old (EXE) format. The new BGL format is not supported

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