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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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jack is a low-latency audio server, written primarily for the GNU/Linux operating system. It can connect a number of different applications to an audio device, as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves. Read more


  • AuthSight
    AuthSight uses your Mac's iSight camera to take snapshots of the nut behind the keyboard whenever an invalid password is entered, either at login or in a screensaver. AuthSight can also (optionally) email photos to you.
  • BlazingTools Perfect Keylogger for Mac
    BlazingTools Perfect Keylogger for Mac is a local and remote covert surveillance tool. It lets you monitor the people who use your computer, including their keystrokes, their IM chats, the and Web sites they visit. Screenshots of activity can be accessed by email or FTP. Mac OS X Leopard and Tiger are supported.
  • CiphSafe
    CiphSafe provides an easy-to-use method for storing account/password pairs as well as any general notes you wish to keep safe. It requires Mac OS X version 10.2.x, 10.3.x, or 10.4.x. It encrypts with 320-bit Blowfish, includes random password generation, and a very clean interface, and uses the system's OpenSSL for encryption.
  • Cocoa Packet Analyzer
    Cocoa Packet Analyzer (CPA) is a native cocoa implementation of a network packet protocol analyzer. It uses libPCAP for reading packet files. For now it supports reading, analyzing, displaying and basic capturing of packets.
  • Data Guardian
    (shareware) Data Guardian is a secure database application with up to 448-bits of Blowfish encryption ? regardless of how sensitive your data is.
  • is a client for RC5-72/OGRp2 encryption contest.
  • Encrypt This
    Encrypt This is a Universal Binary AppleScript application for Mac OS X 10.3 or later that takes all the files and folders you drag onto the Encrypt This icon and creates an AES 128-bit encrypted .dmg disk image file which contains those files and folders.
  • FiSHy
    FiSHy is a plugin for Colloquy, providing Blowfish encryption support. You can encrypt messages you send to chat rooms or queries, and decrypt incoming messages. It also supports automatic Diffie-Hellmann key-exchanges for queries, so you can share channel-keys securely. It fits nicely in the OS X ecosystem by saving keys in the Keychain and by using a simple Drag'n'Drop install. It is compatible with FiSH, mIRCryption and Dirt. It is a Universal Binary and works on any Mac running OS X 10.4
  • GlowWorm FW Lite
    GlowWorm FW Lite is a network security and monitoring application that allows the user to define a set of rules defining acceptable network behaviour on a per-address, port, and application basis. An authorization dialog alerts you when an application tries to perform an unauthorized operation on the network.
  • Gpg Tools
    Gpg Tools allows encryption, decryption, signing and verification of documents with a graphical interface by using gpg, the Mac OS X replacement for PGP.
  • GU!MD5
    GU!MD5 makes it possible to have signature MD5 of one or several files in 2 clicks. GU!MD5 is very practical to check the signatures of the ISO files, or even simply to check the integrity of downloaded files.
  • iDecX
    iDecX decode keyfiles from www.onlinetvrecorder (.otrkey) and (.omrkey)
  • logKext
    logKext ia a kernel-based freeware keylogger.
  • Mac GNU Privacy Guard
    Mac GNU Privacy Guard (Mac GPG for short) is, after a fashion, the Mac OS X port of GnuPG, licensed under the GNU GPL. The aims of the project are to make GnuPG easy to install, develop a framework to make it easy for other developers to incorporate GnuPG functionality into their applications, write services to allow for the use of GnuPG functions in most Cocoa applications, and write a Mac GPG Keys type application so that you no longer have to go to the commandline to manage your keys.
  • MacHash
    MacHash is a simple utility that uses the OpenSSL digest libraries to create the basic hash digest for files or text. Greate for verifying downloaded files or generating you first hash for a program you are writing.
  • NetDumper
    NetDumper is a simple network packet sniffer that dumps all packets to a file. Simple and plain without the overhead of any analyzer. Since it uses libPCAP it supports most expressions you are used from tcpdump.
  • Nmap
    Nmap is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Read more
  • OS X Rootkit Hunter
    OS X Rootkit Hunter is based on rooltkit hunter. It scans for backdoors, rootkits, and local exploits.
  • OutguessWrapper
    OutguessWrapper is a small Cocoa application written in Objective-C. It acts as a GUI interface to the command-line program called outguess. Outguess is a steganographic tool that allows the insertion of hidden information into the redundant bits of data sources.
  • Packet Peeper
    Packet Peeper is a network protocol analyzer (or `packet sniffer'). Its features include TCP stream reassembly, privilege separation, decoding of some common protocols, etc. It's a work in progress, and feedback is appreciated.
  • Pastor
    Pastor is a tool to store all your passwords, website logins, program serial numbers, etc. RC4-encrypted and password-protected. With built-in password generator.
  • Santa
    Santa is a binary whitelisting/blacklisting system for Mac OS X. It consists of a kernel extension that monitors for executions, a userland daemon that makes execution decisions based on the contents of a SQLite database, a GUI agent that notifies the user in case of a block decision and a command-line utility for managing the system and synchronizing the database with a server.
  • SSH Tunnel Manager
    a tool to manage SSH Tunnels (comonly invoqued with -L and -R arguments in the console). With SSH Tunnel Manager you can setup many tunnels as you wish, each one containing many port redirections as you wish. Once tunnels are configured, all you have to do is Start, or Stop the tunnels
  • SSHKeychain
    SSHKeychain integrates with the Apple Keychain. All key passphrases can be stored, and you can use all your keys just by unlocking the Keychain.
  • TCstripper
    TCstripper is an AppleScript droplet to check if files with document file extensions (eg. MP3, PDF, JPG) contain Mac OS Type & Creator information which enables the file to execute potentially malicious code if openend by double clicking or Cmd-O in the Finder.
  • Tor
    Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and more. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.
  • TrueCrypt
    TrueCrypt is on-the-fly disk encryption software that can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk. It can also encrypt an entire hard disk partition, or a storage device such as USB memory stick. It supports plausible deniability. Read more

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