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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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True Combat
True Combat is a modification to Quake III arena featuring scriptable mission objectives in maps, C4 and smoke grenades to your arsenal, realistic lens flares, glare, and flash blend effects. Read more


  • Jubler
    Jubler is a tool to edit text-based subtitles. It can be used an an authoring software for new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles. Read more hot
  • Subsonic
    Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer. Although primarily designed for MP3, it works for any media format that can stream over HTTP (for instance WMA and OGG). It works with any network-enabled media player, such as Winamp, iTunes, XMMS and Windows Media Player. Read more hot
  • TuxGuitar
    TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT, It can open GP3 and GP4 files. Read more hot
  • Jamuz
    JaMuz is a music management tool written in Java. new
  • AirReceiver
    AirReceiver is an AirPort Express emulator, i.e. it allows streaming audio from iTunes and iOS devices to a computer running AirReceiver. It does so by implementing a RAOP/AirTunes2 server.
  • ANA-MP
    a player for music files (modules) in the .MOD, .XM and .S3M formats
  • aTunes
    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and organizer, with some ripping and encoding tools included. It.s written in Java programming language (Java 5), using Swing.
  • Automatous Monk
    maps cellular automaton evolutions into music. The resulting music is represented as jMusic scores that can be played and saved as MIDI files
  • beaTunes
    beaTunes is an iTunes companion app capable of automatically analyzing your music collection to help you build better playlists. It analyzes BPM (beats per minute), silence at the beginning or end of a song, and the color (based on frequency spectrum) of a given song. Some of the data is stored through iTunes, and some is stored by beaTunes itself. Additionally, beaTunes can suggest albums that would complement your music collection and display music charts. It also allows you to blog about selected songs or playlists.
  • CASampledSP
    CASampledSP is a JNI-based service provider for the javax.sound.sampled.spi interfaces.
  • Cortado
    The Cortado Streaming applet is a Java applet which supports decoding of Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, MJPEG and Smoke codecs directly in a browser window. Both audio and video are supported.
  • EarToner
    EarToner is ear training software to help you learn to identify various musical sounds such as intervals, chords and scales. It is designed to be easy to use and quick to setup.
  • Entagged
    Entagged is an audiofile tagger, using the freedb online database for the retrieval of the tags. It supports custom file renaming from tags (with any directory stucture) and vice versa. Supports: mp3, ogg, flac, mpc, ape, wma.
  • Explicitor
    Explicitor allows a user to scan through the lyrics of his entire iTunes library (without having lyrics within the mp3 files) and search for profanity or other words. This is useful in the event that a DJ or Music Provider should need a means of searching for profanity-free songs.
  • FeedPod
    FeedPod is a text-to-speech RSS1, RSS2, and ATOM0.3 syndication feed reader that can either play a feed over the Web using HTTP streaming and a ShoutCast-style playlist, or generate a Podcast feed for syncing to your portable MP3 player.
  • FFSampledSP
    FFSampledSP is a free implementation of the javax.sound.sampled.spi interfaces. It is part of the SampledSP collection of javax.sound.sampled libraries.
  • FJenie
    FJenie is a cross-platform application written Java for use as a function table editing utility for the Csound programming language.
  • FreeCast
    FreeCast is a Java application which allows peer-to-peer streaming. It makes possible a stream broadcast to a large number of listeners from a simple DSL connection.
  • FreeGuide TV Guide
    FreeGuide TV Guide is an offline TV listings programme. It uses XMLTV to extract the TV listing information from web pages and store them for off-line viewing. The user can create a list of favourite programmes and a customised TV guide. It works for British, American, Canadian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, and New Zealand listings.
  • Frinika
    Frinika is a free, complete music workstation software for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX Tiger and other operating systems running Java 1.5 (J2SE5.0). It features sequencer, soft-synths, realtime effects and audio recording.
  • gDVB
    gDVB is a DVB channels manager that allows you to scan different satellites, save your favorite channels list, and view local files.
  • gstreamer-java
    gstreamer-java is a set of Java bindings for the gstreamer multimedia framework.
  • ID3iconv
    ID3iconv is a command line tool to convert ID3 tags in mp3 files from whatever machine encoding you have (GB2312/GBK for Chinese, etc) to Unicode. It convert both ID3v1 tags and ID3v2 tags to Unicode-encoded ID3v2 (v2.3 or v2.4).
  • Impro-Visor
    Impro-Visor is a music notation and playback tool for helping jazz musicians learn to improvise. It features a notation GUI, automated playback of chords and rhythm using MIDI, and improvisation advice provided in a variety of ways, including being able to improvise jazz itself. Read more
  • Improvisor
    Improvisor is a music notation program to aid musicians in composing and understanding solos. It enables musicians to improve their understanding of chord changes and solos.
  • invertm3u
    invertm3u is a command line utility and Java library that creates an inverted M3U playlist file based on one or more existing M3U files and a working directory. The inverted M3U file contains all files from the working directory that are not listed in the existing M3U files.
  • iriverter
    iriverter is a cross-platform frontend to mencoder designed to facilitate the conversion of almost any video format to one that is playable on various multimedia players.
  • Jaikoz
    An audio tagger for ID3 and MP3. It has many advanced automation features, making it quick and easy to correct the meta-data in your audio tags.
  • Jajuk
    a music organizer written in Java/Swing. The main goal of this project is to provide a fully-featured application for advanced users in order to help them to manage big music collections
  • Jaksta
    (shareware) Jaksta is an easy way to download and convert video, audio, and MP3s from the Web to your Mac.
  • Java YEnc Decoder
    a Java decoder for the yEnc format. Although a sample app is provided to decode files, JyEnc was designed as a library to be used by applications needing to use yEnc encoded data
  • JavaMOD
    JavaMOD is an interpretation of a ProTracker music module replay in Java. It has optimised mixing routines, micro volume ramping to reduce zipper noise, and support for almost all XM effects, evelopes, and autovibrato.
  • javavp8decoder
    javavp8decoder aims to provide a pure Java VP8 decoder including support for the WebM Video format and the WebP Image format.
  • JBuzzer
    a free java application that allows to load audio samples and assign them to keys on your computer keyboard. Currently audio samples in PCM (*.wav) and MPEG Layer 3 (*.mp3) are supported
  • JChordBox
    JChordBox is a library tool that can generate backing tracks from a chord progression and a music style.
  • jjjuste
    jjjuste is a basic Java-based client that can stream audio data to an Airport Express and provides simple integration with Jack Audio Server. This means that (almost) any audio source playing on Linux can be routed to the Airport and played on your hi-fi remotely.
  • jLyrics
    stores your favorite lyrics. It has a field for title, author, and the lyrics. The database is saved in xml format
  • jRipper
    jRipper is a CD ripper frontend that can convert CD tracks and WAV files to MP3 or Ogg files. It uses cdda2wav, lame, and oggenc and can load track names from by HTTP or by using the cdda2wav program.
  • JSpeex
    a port of the Speex speech codec (Open Source/Free Software patent-free audio compression format designed for speech). It provides both the decoder and the encoder in pure Java, as well as a JavaSound SPI
  • jVSTwRapper
    jVSTwRapper is an easy and reliable Java wrapper for the Steinberg VST interface. It enables you to develop VST 2.4 compatible audio plugins and virtual instruments and user interfaces with the Java programming language. Three demo plugins (with source) are included.
  • LilyTool
    LilyTool is a LilyPond plugin for JEdit. It is not a graphical front-end, but an edit mode and plug-in, which gives similar functionality as Emacs LilyPond mode.
  • LMUSe
    LMUSe is a Lindenmayer fractal music player.
  • Lyra
    Lyra is a front-end to the Music Player Daemon (MPD). Based loosely on the Creative Media Source software, it has the aim of supporting large collections of albums and artists.
  • MaryTTS
    MARY Text-to-Speech System (MaryTTS) is an open-source, multilingual Text-to-Speech Synthesis platform.
  • mCube Music Manager
    mcube is a digital music manager. It's target is to let user manage and choose music to listen with the comfort and feeling of browsing physical compact disc with the power of computer aided search.
  • Media Info Fetcher
    MediaInfoFetcher is a application and API that can be used to retrieve TV show and movie metadata from Internet sources. This information is then stored locally, and can be used to rename media files with the correct title.
  • MediaSort
    MediaSort is a tool that indexes, sorts, and renames media files such as pictures and MP3s based on any of their metadata attributes. For example, you can sort your pictures by date, size, or other EXIF attributes, or MP3s by author, album, or other ID3 tag values. It is also a "sorting" Ant FileMapper that can be used with any other Ant tasks to achieve more complex work.
  • Modular Audio Recognition Framework
    MARF is a general cross-platform framework with a collection of algorithms for audio (voice, speech, and sound) and natural language text analysis and recognition, along with sample applications (identification, NLP, etc.) of its use.
  • MusicIP Mixer
    MusicIP Mixer builds playlists based on the attributes of songs you pick.
  • MusicXML Player
    reads in a MusicXML Document and produces in real-time an auditive performance of the musical information found in the document. It creates the music with MIDI, so all you need is a MIDI supporting soundcard and Java Runtime Environment set up on your computer
  • MyTunesRSS
    MyTunesRSS is an application for accessing your iTunes library from any computer connected through a network. You can browse and search your library with any browser, use existing playlists or create new ones. From all this data you can create RSS feeds or M3U playlists in your browser and use them with appropriate programs. So you can play your iTunes tracks on today's clients like the Playstation Portable.
  • orDrumbox
    a real software drum machine that you can run on your computer. A fully-featured drum machine and audio sequencer designed to a creative pattern-based way of drum programming
  • P2P-Radio
    P2P-Radio is a program that can distribute audio and video streams (MP3/Ogg Vorbis/NSV) over the Internet in a peer-to-peer manner. It's possible to create your own internet radio station with P2P-Radio!
  • Panther
    Panther encodes media files from one format to another. It has a simple user interface.
  • PixelController
    PixelController is an LED matrix controller which makes it easy to create stunning visuals. It supports multiple output formats and allows flexible control (OSC, MIDI, Mouse, Keyboard).
  • PodsBlitz
    PodsBlitz copies songs from an iPod to a computer, thus addressing a shortcoming of the iTunes/iPod combo.
  • Praxis
    Praxis is a Java-based modular framework for live creative play with video, images, audio, and other media. Its primary focus is on the easy development of generative and interactive media installations, as well as live performance.
  • Ptarmigan Media Parser for XML
    produces XML content from the metadata (title, artist, album, e.g.) found in media files and streams. It is a SAX event generator which consumes MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA and four (4) different types of playlists to produce events that can be used to build an XML document or to feed into a SAX pipeline for further processing
  • Quelea
    Quelea is lyrics projection software for churches.
  • Random Music
    Random Music plays weighted random music tracks from your mp3 collection. The playlist can be restricted to specific, detailed genres and a minimum weight, depending on mood, company, or occasion. Includes an editor for id3 and id3v2 fields.
  • Remuco
    Remuco is a system to remotely control music player software with Bluetooth enabled mobile devices. It allows you to control various music players and read music player state information (playing song, current playlist) on your mobile device. You can use Remuco simultaneously with two or more mobile devices.
  • shva
    shva is a Web-start graphical editor to hear, view, and annotate speech. It is designed to access speech databases over the Web. It opens from the browser when the user clicks on a link to an utterance.
  • Songsheet Generator
    Songsheet Generator is an application which prints songsheets and songbooks for home, small group, or large group overhead use. It lets you create a full-featured songbook, with a table of contents, page numbers, and song numbers.
  • Soundboard
    Soundboard is a sound cueing program designed for theatrical use. It aims to be simple to use and maintain cross platform compatibility so that a sound designer who uses a Mac or Linux can build a show and have it play back on the theatre's Windows-based playback computer.
  • SoundBridge Commander
    SBC (a.k.a. "SoundBridge Commander") is a powerful tool for controlling your Roku SoundBridge M1000, M2000, or SoundBridge Radio from your computer. It has two parts. The first part emulates the IR remote control that comes with your SoundBridge. The second part is a three-panel search window that allows you to find songs on your Roku much more easily than you can through the built-in search function.
  • Spectro-Edit
    Spectro-Edit reads in regular PCM audio files, then shows the audio visually in a time vs. frequency plot.
  • Sphinx-4
    Sphinx-4 is a speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system.
  • tinyMediaManager
    tinyMediaManager is a media management tool written in Java/Swing. It is written to provide metadata for the XBOX Media Center (XBMC).
  • TivoPod
    TivoPod is a transcoding and podcasting agent which extracts content from the Tivo "Now Playing" list and serves it up as a video podcast for iPods, PSPs, and other portable media devices.
  • Tritonus
    an implementation of the Java Sound API. Currently, GNU/Linux i386 and Linux/PowerPC are supported
  • TunesRemote-SE
    TunesRemote-SE is a Java-based remote control for DACP-compatible music players such as Apple iTunes, MonkeyTunes for MediaMonkey, and Telescope for Songbird.
  • TVBrowser
    a TV guide that is easily extensible using plugins. It is designed to look like a paper based TV guide
  • UltraMixer
    (commercial) UltraMixer is a DJ-Mixing-Software which enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV or CDs in real time. The DJ's turntables are replaced by two digital SoundPlayers, the "vinyls" are available within seconds through the integrated FileArchive.
  • Varèse
    Varèse is an integrated environment for music composition and synthesis. It aims at the integration of music composition, sound synthesis, and real-time/interactivity into one environment. This integration should allow some fun stuff that is hard to do with most existing music environments.
  • VirtMus
    VirtMus (virtual music) is a free application that allows the user to display sheet music and flip pages without removing the hands (or feet) from the instrument the music is performed on. It is very useful during concerts and practice sessions.
  • WeblogPlayer
    a Java applet that acts as a Web VCR, playing back recently updated weblogs

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