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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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pdfgrep is a commandline utility to search text in PDF files. pdfgrep tries to be compatible with GNU Grep, where it makes sense. Many of your favorite grep options are supported (such as -r, -i, -n or -c).


  • Emacs
    The extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. It features: Content sensitive major modes for a wide variety of file types, from plain text to source code to HTML files, Complete online documentation, including a tutorial for new users, Highly extensible through the Emacs Lisp language, Support for many languages and their scripts, including all the European ``Latin'' scripts, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Lao, Ethiopian, and some Indian scripts and a large number of extensions which add other functionality. Read more hot
  • XEmacs
    XEmacs is a highly customizable open source text editor and application development system. It is protected under the GNU Public License and related to other versions of Emacs, in particular GNU Emacs. Its emphasis is on modern graphical user interface support and an open software development model, similar to Linux. XEmacs has an active development community numbering in the hundreds, and runs on Windows 95 and NT, Linux and nearly every other version of Unix in existence. Read more hot
  • active-menu
    active-menu is a small xemacs-module that can give you one or a few extra lines in your favourite editor.
  • BHL
    An Emacs mode that enables you to convert brut text files into HTML, LaTeX and SGML files. "BHL" is an acronym for: "from Brut to Html and LaTeX" (SGML was implemented later).
  • BlogMax
    An Emacs package that aids in the creation of a weblog.
  • Boneyard
    Boneyard uses plain text files to fill in boilerplates when starting a new file in Emacs. It's trivial to set up, easy to customize, and focused on doing one thing well.
  • ConTemplate
    ConTemplate is a Contextual Template extension for Emacs, using customizable format strings and format specifier lists to quickly gather information for a common template and fill in the text. The design goals are first and formost ease of use of templates, followed by ease of template creation for new or existing modes.
  • csharpmode
    csharpmode is a derived mode for cc-mode 5.30.x or higher that implements the font-locking and indention rules for C#.
  • DesktopAid for (X)Emacs
    DesktopAid will save your editing session when you quit (X)Emacs and reload it when you start your favorite editor again. All your active frames and loaded files will be restored as if you never quit (X)Emacs.
  • dot-mode.el
    dot-mode.el is a minor mode for GNU Emacs / XEmacs that emulates the '.' command in vi.
  • Doxymacs
    doxymacs aims to make creating/using Doxygen-created documentation easier for the {X}Emacs user.
  • Easymacs
    Easymacs is an easy-to-learn, one-size-fits-all configuration for new users of GNU Emacs. It sets up key bindings that conform to a common denominator of the Gnome/KDE/OS X/Microsoft Windows human interface guidelines, and provides function-key bindings for other powerful Emacs features. It is fully documented, and the new user can productively edit text right away, without going through the Emacs tutorial.
  • EMacro
    EMacro is a portable configuration file that configures itself. These are the help documents for EMacro.
  • emacs-sieve
    A package that implement sieve support for emacs (Emacs or XEmacs).
  • Excorporate
    Excorporate provides EWS support for Emacs.
  • Flyspell
    Flyspell enables on-the-fly spell checking in Emacs by the means of a minor mode. This facility is hardly intrusive. Flyspell highlights incorrect words as soon as they are completed or as soon as the cursor hits a new word.
  • Geiser
    Geiser is a generic Emacs/Scheme interaction mode, featuring an enhanced REPL and a set of minor modes that improve Emacs' basic major mode for Scheme.
  • Gnuclient
    Gnuclient allows you to edit files using an already running Emacs or XEmacs. It is part of XEmacs.
  • hm--html-menus
    This package provides a special html mode (hm--html-mode) for the XEmacs (formely called lemacs or Lucid Emacs) and the Emacs 19. With this mode you can edit html pages for the world wide web.
  • Jade
    Jade is an Emacs-like text editor for Unix/X11, although ports to other systems will be straightforward. Jade implements most of the basic Emacs functionality, but is not intended as a straight clone. All editor commands are implemented in Lisp, giving scope for comprehensive customisation and extension. All editor commands are implemented in Lisp, giving scope for comprehensive customisation and extension.
  • lessfile
    lessfile is a small xemacs-module, that makes the input filter of the īlessī command available for the view-file function.
  • ped
    A nifty text editor written in Perl which makes it very portable. It's console based. It has only one dependency: Term::ReadKey that most Perl installations have.
  • peppy
    peppy ((ap)Proximated (X)Emacs Powered by Python) is a wxPython/Scintilla-based editor written in and extensible through Python. It attempts to provide an XEmacs-like multi-window, multi-tabbed interface.
  • picklist
    picklist is a module for (x)emacs, that saves names and point positions of recently visited files. The names are placed in an menu for fast access. It is based on recent-files.
  • Proof General
    Proof General is a generic interface for proof assistants, currently based on the customizable text editor Emacs. It works with either XEmacs or GNU Emacs.
    An Emacs mode for SGML and XML.
  • refdb-mode
    refdb-mode is a minor mode for Emacs which implements an interface to RefDB, a reference management and bibliography tool for SGML and XML documents.
  • ropemacs
    Ropemacs uses the rope refactoring library to provide features like Python refactoring and code-assists in emacs.
  • sawfish.el
    sawfish.el is a package for working with sawfish. As well as providing a programming mode for editing sawfish config files (nothing clever, it simply derives from emacs-lisp-mode) it also allows direct interaction with the window manager from the buffer.
  • Spacemacs
    Spacemacs is a new way to experience Emacs -- a sophisticated and polished set-up focused on ergonomics, mnemonics and consistency.
  • speechd-el
    peechd-el is a complete speech output system for Emacs. It serves two purposes: To provide an Emacs Lisp library for easy access to a selected subset of Speech Dispatcher functions and using that library, to provide a speech support for Emacs to Emacs users.
  • SXEmacs
    A highly customisable, extensible, self-documenting real-time display editor and IDE. It is a fork of the excellent and very popular XEmacs.
  • texdrive
    TeXDrive is an Emacs minor mode that makes adding math formulae to HTML documents easy. You can specify the formula in the familiar TeX notation, and TeXDrive creates a PNG image with the formula and also inserts an IMG element in your document for this PNG image.
  • Tintware
    Tint is a string substition language; it is intended to be used as an extention language. Tint Emacs is an emacs clone for Win32, Mac OS X, Darwin, and Linux. It uses Tint as its extension language.
  • wysihtml
    A WYSIWYG HTML / DocBook XML utility for Emacs.
  • XEmacs CHILL Mode
    A CHILL Mode for XEmacs. CHILL (CCITT High Level Language) is a general procedural programming language which is mainly used in the field of telecommunications.
  • XEmacs/GTK
    A version of XEmacs (based on 21.1.12) that uses the GTK widget set and GDK to actually do the drawing. This is a project to replace the existing toolbar/menubar/scrollbar implementation of XEmacs with a modern toolkit (Qt or GTK).
  • xslide
    An Emacs Major Mode for XSL Stylesheets. Features of xslide include XSL customization group for setting some variables, Initial stylesheet inserted into empty XSL buffers and Template" menu for jumping to template rules, named templates, key declarations, and attribute-set declarations in the buffer.
  • XSLT-process
    A minor mode for GNU Emacs/XEmacs which transforms it into a powerful editor with XSLT processing and debugging capabilities.
  • XSLT-process minor mode
    XSLT-process minor mode is a minor mode for (X)Emacs which allows you to run an XSLT processor of your choice on a buffer and display the result in another buffer.
  • zile
    Zile is a small Emacs clone. Zile is a customizable, self-documenting real-time open-source display editor. Zile was written to be as similar as possible to Emacs; every Emacs user should feel at home. Read more

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