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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


  • Rhythmbox
    Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework. Read more hot
  • Ario
    Ario is a full featured client for MPD (Music Player Daemon). The interface used to browse the library is inspired by Rhythmbox but Ario aims to be much lighter and faster. It uses GTK2, Gconf to store configurations and curl to download remote files (like cover arts).
  • Cantata
    Cantata is a graphical client for MPD. It supports multiple MPD collections, has a highly customizable layout, combined with a simple tag editor, dynamic lists, and online services: Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts.
  • cmus-status
    cmus-status is an application for showing the currently playing song in either Cmus or MPD together with album art.
    GENPO is the GENeral Purpose Organ. It replicates the essential features of any pipe, theatre, or reed organ. GENPO reads a description of an organ (a .org XML file) and presents a suitable user interface for operating that organ. There are a number of high quality organ SoundFonts freely available and the .org file maps the stop sounds to organ divisions, manuals and stops.
  • GSpcplay
    GSpcplay is a GNOME spc player based on the snesapu. It's an easy to use interface with various functions.
  • GSrnd
    GSrnd for GNOME is a control panel for the miroMEDIA Surround under Linux with the GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME).
  • gst-simple-player
    gst-player is a very basic media player that uses GStreamer. The objective is to be simple but useful. Some of the features are based on MPlayer's UI. gst-player can also be used as an example for bigger projects.
  • GStreamer Pipeline Editor
    GStreamer Pipeline Editor is a graphical pipeline contruction and manipulation tool. Using the Gnome Canvas as the foundation, it allows you to draw media pipelines very quickly.
  • Kasound
    Kasound is an easy to use .asoundrc frontend. asoundrc can be used to enable the ALSA sound system's software playback mixing, resampling and surround sound.
  • KSrnd
    KSrnd is a control panel for the miroMEDIA Surround under Linux with the K Desktop Environment (KDE).
  • Scrobbler for Linux
    Enhance your listening experience, stay up-to-date with what your friends are listening to, view your listening history and share it with friends.
  • LIRC Navigator
    LIRC Navigator is simply a LIRC based file navigator. It can be controlled by the mouse or LIRC and can execute the program for specific file extensions.
  • Lucille MPC
    Lucille MPC is a graphical client application for mpd, the music player daemon. It is targeted to POSIX-compatible, OpenGL-accelerated X11 systems.
  • MoosicApplet
    MoosicApplet is a GNOME panel applet which displays the current status of the Moosic jukebox server. It also provides some basic features for controlling the song player. It features a configurable layout and the ability to rewrite the song name in various ways to make it easier to read.
  • MPDCon
    MPDCon is a simple GNUstep controller for MPD.
  • mpflow
    mpflow is a frontend to MPD (Music Player Daemon) with a CoverFlow(-like interface. Use it to flip through the albums in your music directory.
  • MSrnd
    MSrnd is a control panel for the miroMEDIA Surround under Linux with X11 and OSF/Motif.
  • playground
    playground is a simple GNOME panel applet that lets you control basic functions of audio players.
  • Polypaudio Manager
    Polypaudio Manager is a simple GTK frontend for the polypaudio sound server.
  • PulseAudio Preferences
    PulseAudio Preferences (paprefs) is a simple GTK based configuration dialog for the PulseAudio sound server.
    QtOIDUA is a graphical user interface for OIDUA for Linux and Mac OS X written in C++ using Qt. It is completely free and open source, and is licensed under the GNU GPL. QtOIDUA supports all the features of OIDUA and makes it easy to create fields, add directories, choose colors, and set options.
  • randomplay
    Randomplay plays your music collection (or execute any arbitrary commands on any arbitrary filetypes) in random order, remembering songs played across sessions. It also has many features to make command-line music playing more convenient, including recursive regexp searching for tracks and the ability to specify a certain number of tracks, bytes, or minutes to play.
  • tkSound
    tkSound provides a range of tcl/tk extensions that will allow end-users to build a variety of sound viewers (and perhaps eventually editors) according to their own taste.
  • Voxpak
    Voxpak is a Gui for playing, recording, editing, renaming etc. voice and fax messages. Includes scripts for popping up sticky-notes or requesters withcaller id info. Renames voice messages to date+callerid. Uses python and wxwindows .
  • Xsox
    Xsox is an easy-to-use graphical front-end for sox which can record and play sound files, cut, copy, paste, add effects, convert file types, change sample rates, sample sizes, and more.
  • XView Surround
    XView Surround is a control panel for the miroMEDIA Surround under Linux with X11 and XView3.2.

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