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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


  • AbiWord
    AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks. Read more
  • Antiword
    Antiword is a free MS Word reader that converts the binary files from Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text and to PostScript.
  • Badia DragNCopy
    Badia DragNCopy is a free XTension for QuarkXPress 7 that allows you to duplicate items by dragging and holding the Option (or Control) key while using the Item Tool.
  • Badia PageView
    Badia PageView is a free XTension for QuarkXPress 7 that introduces a navigation palette displaying a color thumbnail of the active spread in the document, as well as a variety of new tools for handling views.
  • BatchOutput
    (commercial) BatchOutput will automatically print, export to PDF and save to PostScript multiple InDesign documents with a variety of options. Just select the documents you need to output, adjust the settings, and BatchOutput will do the rest for you.
  • Bean
    Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable.
  • Business Card Composer
    (commercial) Business Card Composer is a Mac OS X tool to design and print business cards, calling cards and badges.
  • Client Folder Maker
    Client Folder Maker is simple and easy to use folder management tool for the busy desktop publisher, prepress operator or web designer. It allows you to set up special client folders that are used consistently from project to project, based on that customers name and job number.
  • Coherent PDF Command Line Toolkit
    (commercial) The Coherent PDF Command Line Toolkit providex a robust, professional set of tools for manipulating PDF files. The operations it offers includes split and merge, linearize, encrypt, scale, rotate, crop, bookmark, stamp, watermark, annotate, attach, and much more. It's based on the camlpdf library.
  • ConceptDraw Mindmap Professional
    (commercial) ConceptDraw Mindmap Professional is a tool that provides a unique combination of brainstorming and mind-mapping modes that enables individual users, professionals, and teams to easily capture ideas and sort, structure, and present various information as clear visual maps.
  • CopyWrite
    (commercial) CopyWrite is a project manager for writers of all kinds. Rather than focus on formatting and layout, CopyWrite stands apart in its project-oriented approach.
  • Flashmode
    Flashmode enables simultaneous typesetting as Textures did and still does in classic mode.
  • FlexiSheet
    FlexiSheet is a multi-dimensional spreadsheet. Instead of the normal row/column layout (and different pages maybe) multi-dimensional tables have two, three, or even more dimensions that can be arranged and rearranged as you see fit, even on the fly.
  • FormulatePro
    FormulatePro helps you open and write on PDF documents. You can fill out any PDF form document, drop in graphics, scribble with the mouse or a tablet, save and print.
  • IntelliPrompter
    (commercial) prompts text automatically on a screen or projector for presentations, media production, and much more
  • LaTeXiT
    LaTeXiT is a small utility that allows you to quickly typeset LaTeX equation, without bothering with file creation, preambles, and so on. The PDF image obtained can then be exported by drag'n drop to any application supporting it. LaTeXiT also features an application service, so that you can type and transform equations directly in most text editors.
  • LyX
    LyX is an advanced open source document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. LyX lets you concentrate on writing, leaving details of visual layout to the software. Read more
  • MatrixPage2Pict
    Compatible with the Retrieva asset management applications, this Quark 6 XTension provides a preview of all the Quark pages within the document along with previews of all images used and co-ordinates of the picture boxes.
  • NeoOffice
    NeoOffice/J is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the office suite, NeoOffice/J has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.
  • NeoRemote
    NeoRemote is a little tool that allows you to control your NeoOffice presentations using Apple Remote. It will also work with any other application that happens to use the same keyboard shortcuts.
  • OCRKit
    OCRKit uses OCR to recognize the text in a graphic, which is particular useful for PDFs received via email, created by DTP, office applications, or images obtained from a scanner, copier, or digital still camera.
  • OmniGraffle
    (commercial) a powerful diagramming and charting program featuring smart guides, AppleScript support and comprehensive image support
  • OmniOutliner
    (commercial) a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think
  • is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. Users report that little or no training is required for people migrating from other office suites - everything works the way people expect. Read more
  • PDF Browser Plugin
    (commercial) With the help of PDF Browser Plugin you can view PDF documents directly in your web browser, print them, and save them to disk if you'd like to keep them.
  • PDFast
    PDFast is a simple PDF viewer whose goal is simply to allow the fast viewing of PDF files. It doesn't print, thumbnail, zoom, or index. Just view.
  • PDFFastWeb
    PDFFastWeb is a specialized application for append linearization ( Fast Web View) to PDF documents. Features include: Recursive search of PDF documents and Drag and drop support.
  • PDFInfo
    PDFInfo is a specialized application for change document information for PDF files.
  • PDFMergeX
    With PDFMergeX you can combine, transform and reorder your pdfs documents. If you need to merge more than one pdfs, move page inside a document or take a look at your pdfs, PDFMergeX is for you.
  • PDFpen
    (commercial) Fill out PDF forms and edit PDFs easily with PDFpen! Split, combine, reorder, sign and augment PDFs with text, image overlays & watermarks.
  • Pdfselect
    Pdfselect allows to extract pages from a pdf file by using the LaTeX package pdfpages.
  • PDFSlide
    PDFSlide is an application for displaying PDF-based presentations, such as those created by Beamer
  • refreshpdf
    refreshpdf refreshes a PDF file in Acrobat.
  • Scribus
    Scribus brings award-winning professional DTP to Linux and *nix desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Read more
  • Scrivener
    (commercial) Scrivener is a word processing program designed for writers. Scrivener contains a document, note and metadata managing system allowing the user to keep track of notes, concepts, research and whole documents for reference (documents including text, images, PDF, audio, video, web pages, etc.). After the user has written their piece, they may export it to their favorite word processor for formatting.
  • Sheet Helper
    (shareware) Use Sheet Helper to learn which pages of your layout go to which sheet and in which position.
  • SimpleTeX4ht
    SimpleTeX4ht is a Mac OS X GUI for TeX4ht that converts LATEX files into HTML/XHTML. TeX4ht is typically run from the UNIX command line by doing something like htlatex filename
  • Skim
    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also for viewing any PDF file.
  • Swift Publisher
    (commercial) Swift Publisher is a layout application for designing and printing colorful flyers, newsletters, brochures, letterheads, etc. Great choice of templates inspires your creativity and a variety of editing tools lets you quickly apply it.
  • Tekstilo
    Tekstilo is a word processor for Mac OS X (and eventually GNUStep). It is designed to correspond to the WYSIWYM philosophy.
  • TeXShop
    a TeX previewer for Mac OS X, written in Cocoa. Since pdf is a native file format on OS X, TeXShop uses "pdftex" and "pdflatex" rather than "tex" and "latex" to typeset; these programs in the standard teTeX distribution of TeX produce pdf output instead of dvi output
  • Transcriva
    (commercial) Transcriva turns the mechanical chore of transcribing audio recordings into text into a natural, fluid process using the power of Mac OS X. The unique chat-like interface produces a clean, concise transcript whether you're transcribing a single speaker's dictation or the Board's meeting minutes.
  • Typefi AutoFit
    Typefi AutoFit as a core component of Typefi Publish and is being released as a free plug-in for Adobe InDesign, version CS or later.
  • UVC
    The UVC Collaboration Suite is software that contains all the functionality of a Groupware solution combined with the convenience of an instant messenger. UVC brings together teams of people and allows them to work together seamlessly. Take the leap from traditional desktop contact managers and start experiencing a new level of software freedom.
  • Writer
    This is a very simple word processor that is much more like a typewriter than a nice Cocoa-ized text editor.
  • WriteRoom
    (commercial) WriteRoom is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, WriteRoom is just about you and your text.
  • XTabulator
    (commercial) XTabulator helps to manage your CSV, TSV, and other tabulated data files.
  • Zimbra
    (commercial) Zimbra is a server and client technology for enterprise messaging and collaboration. Zimbra delivers innovation for both the administrator and the end user as well as compatibility with existing infrastructure and applications. Read more

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