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Excellent Free Distraction-Free Tools for Writers
Fans of the typewriter remain a vehement group. They view the typewriter as something really special, a tool which makes the connection between languages. One of the attractions of a typewriter is that it offers a distraction-free alternative of modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the writer to concentrate on what really matters - the content. They force the writer to think.

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42 of the Best Free Linux Graphics Software
To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 42 high quality Linux graphics applications.

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  • Glyr
    Glyr is a music related metadata search engine, both with commandline interface and C API. new
  • ABX Comparator
    ABX Comparator is a GStreamer-based ABX blind audio comparison tool for GNOME that aims to be simple and easy to use.
  • arcangel
    Arcangel is a Jack effect and LADSPA plugin for arctan distortion. It sounds nice and grungy without clipping at high levels, and good at lower levels.
  • audio-entropyd
    audio-entropyd generates entropy-data for the /dev/random device.
  • AudioScout
    (commercial) AudioScout is a distributed audio content indexing system. It can index a large collection of audio content for the purpose of later recognition of unknown signals. Robust to noise, different encodings and other types of distortion, it can be used for a variety of applications including duplicate detection of files, identifying music, as well as more sophisticated uses involving the enforcement of copyrights and ensuring lawful use of content.
  • AWESFX
    AWESFX is the package of various utility programs for controlling AWE32 driver. It includes the soundfont loader (sfxload), chorus/reverb effect loader (setfx), control parameter set up (aweset), and SF-Text conversion programs, and so on.
  • AZR3-JACK
    AZR3-JACK is a port of the free VST plugin AZR-3. It is a tonewheel organ with drawbars, distortion and rotating speakers.
  • BallroomDJ
    BallroomDJ is a ballroom music player. It is designed to let the computer choose the music and to be able to play music the entire evening without intervention.
  • baresip
    baresip is a bare-bones SIP user agent. It supports SIP, SDP, RTP/RTCP, and STUN/TURN/ICE, and IPv4 and IPv6, and is RFC-compliant and has portable C89 and C99 source code.
  • Boom
    Boom is a simple volume booster application that lets you boost the volume of your Mac, your music, and video files.
  • bpm-tools
    The bpm-tools software is for automatically calculating and tagging the tempo (in beats-per-minute) of music files.
  • CELT
    CELT (Constrained Energy Lapped Transform) is an ultra-low delay audio codec designed for realtime transmission of high quality speech and audio.
  • convertPgsSub
    convertPgsSub is a shell script to convert pgs subtitles (blu-ray) in a MKV file.
  • dab
    dab is a utility that takes the raw DSP data from your sound card, decodes the FSK (frequency shift keying - a.k.a. Atkin Biphase) modulation from the magnetic stripe, and outputs the binary data.
  • DeFX for Audacious
    DeFX for Audacious is an effects sound processor plug-in for Audacious. It provides karaoke, panning, chorus, flange, filter, and reverb
  • dmsb
    dmsb decodes the binary data for ISO spec cards. It outputs the ASCII characters and perform an LRC check to verify the integrity of the data, provided that the stripe conforms to the specifications described in ISO 7811, 7813, and optionally ISO 4909 (for the uncommon Track 3).
  • DR14 T.meter
    DR14 T.meter is a commandline tool for computing the Dynamic Range of your music according to the procedure used in the offline meter released by the Pleasurize Music Foundation.
  • dsproxy
    dsproxy emulates an OSS device that "virtualizes" itself so each UID that opens /dev/dsp gets its own private sound device.
  • Ear Candy
    Ear Candy is a sound level manager that nicely fades applications in and out based on their profile and window focus.
  • etmccalc
    etmccalc is a command-line tool for timecode manipulations. It supports, among others, the drop-frame and non drop-frame formats.
  • Exmude
    Exmude is a simple musical instrument that you can run on your computer. You control it with your mouse. Moving the mouse up and down controls the volume, while moving the mouse to the left and to the right controls the pitch.
  • EZ-AV Tools for Unix
    EZ-AV Tools for Unix is a set of CLI tools that give *nix users access to the extended functionality of the EZ-AV brand of digital audio players. So far, this includes video on the EMP-500 model.
  • FfDiaporama
    FfDiaporama is an application for assembling photos and videos especially for preserving holiday memories. It is inspired by presentation software such as Impress or Powerpoint.
  • frei0r
    frei0r is a minimalistic plugin API for video sources and filters. The behavior of the effects can be controlled from the host by simple parameters. The intent is to solve the recurring reimplementation or adaptation issue of standard effects. It is not meant as a generic API for all kinds of video applications.
  • gdigi
    gdigi is a tool aimed to provide X-Edit functionality to Linux users. It allows users to control Digitech effect pedal features.
  • GLASHCtl
    GLASHCtl is a simple applet for controlling the LASH Audio Session Handler. When you run it it will appear as a small LASH icon in your "notification area" or "system tray".
  • Gmerlin-avdecoder
    Gmerlin-avdecoder is a multimedia decoding library that supports audio, video, and subtitles. It handles most commonly used media formats and codecs. The streams can come from many sources including regular files, DVDs, VCDs, and network connections using different protocols. For editing applications, many formats can be decoded in a sample accurate mode, which provides fast random access.
  • Gnomad2
    Gnomad2 is a GTK+ music manager and swiss army knife for the Creative Labs NOMAD and Zen range plus the Dell DJ devices using the Portable Digital Entertainment (PDE) protocol.
  • Groku
    Groku is a GNOME application which can manage playback and playlists of your network-attached Roku Soundbridge in real time.
  • gst-pulse
    gst-pulse is a GStreamer sink for the PulseAudio sound server.
  • GStreamer Ugly Plug-ins
    GStreamer Ugly Plug-ins is a set of plug-ins that have good quality and correct functionality, but whose distribution might pose problems. The license on either the plug-ins or the supporting libraries might not be ideal. The code might be widely known to present patent problems.
  • hachoir-metadata
    Hachoir metadata can extract metadata from archives (bzip2, gzip, zip, tar), audio (MPEG audio/MP3, WAV, Sun/NeXT audio, Ogg/Vorbis, MIDI, AIFF, AIFC, Real Audio), images (BMP, CUR, EMF, ICO, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF, WMF, XCF), and video (ASF/WMV, AVI, Matroska, Quicktime, Ogg/Theora, Real Media).
  • htpicker
    htpicker is a simple file browser for your Linux-based HTPC (Home Theater PC). It simply navigates your filesystem and allows you to watch or play your media files with the programs of your choice.
  • id3fs
    id3fs provides a browsable filesystem of your music files, organised into sub-directories by id3 tags (or flac/ogg comments).
  • InfoList
    InfoList is a simple console application that lets you edit the INFO list chunk in a RIFF (Re­source In­ter­change File For­mat) file, such as WAVE, RMID and AVI.
  • IPA Zounds
    The IPA Zounds application models language sound change by applying a given set of sound change rules to a given lexicon. It has a built-in model of the IPA, allowing users to write input words in IPA characters, and rules using those characters and/or the distinctive features of the model.
  • Jamulus
    The Jamulus software enables musicians to perform real-time jam sessions over the internet. There is a Jamulus server which collects the audio data from each Jamulus client, mixes the audio data and sends the mix back to each client.
  • Karaoke con SMIL
    Karaoke con SMIL is a project to synchronize audio, text, and images and export the final result to SMIL, which can be played in multimedia players such as Real Player, Helix Player, Ambulant Player, etc. on several devices (computers, mobile phones, PDAs, etc.).
  • Khronosphere
    Khronosphere is an audio recording tool. The special feature in it is the buffer that keeps capturing audio even before the actual recording is started.
  • Kirocker Music Display
    Kirocker is a Kicker applet that displays what you listen to in Amarok. With this panel applet, you always know what you are listening to, and can watch its cover and star rating: it is always visible.
  • KLopsterUtils
    KLopsterUtils is a useful tool for Lopster to view File Transfer Statistics, User Browse (you can use filters) and many more. KLopsterUtils is the same as lopster-tools but is written in C++/QT/KDE.
  • Liquidsoap
    Liquidsoap is a powerful tool for building complex audio streaming systems, typically targetting internet radios. It consists of a simple script language, which has a first-class notion of source (basically a stream) and provides elementary source constructors and source compositions from which you can build the streamer you want. This design makes liquidsoap flexible and easily extensible.
  • lm
    lm (list movies) is a command-line script that lists movies in a directory, using metadata found on IMDb.
  • Madrigal
    Madrigal is a network-controlled real time music visualization program (i.e. VJing software). It consists of a server that runs on the computer recording the audio, rendering and displaying the visualization, and a GTK2 client (with a hildonized version available for the Nokia 770) that is used to organize visualizations and switch between them.
  • mapmaudio
    mapmaudio is an 1f42 MPEG audio stream mapper. The written MPEG audio stream maps contain information such as stream frame rate, stream duration and number of frames, file position of audio stream frames, and so forth. The output conforms the 1f42 H262 map file format and can be used by programs (such as Mylene1f4 MPEG audio player) in performing fast and accurate random access.
  • mirage-disk
    mirage-disk is a utility for copying the samples from Ensoniq Mirage diskettes.
  • MMapDSP
    MMapDSP is a small tool for Linux that emulates a memory-mapped DSP (audio) device on top of an audio device that does not support memory mapping.does not support memory mapping.
  • MMLi
    MMLi is a simple Music Macro Language interpreter written in ISO C99.
  • MSS
    MSS (Music Statistics Server) stores and makes available music play statistics. It records song descriptions together with their play dates.
  • music_command
    music_command lets you change track or toggle playing state in your current running media player. e.g. "music_command --next" will skip to the next song in your current media player(banshee, bmp, muine, rhythmbox, totem,xmms,mpc,untested: amarok,xmms2)

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