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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


  • asciinema
    asciinema is a free and open source solution for recording terminal sessions and sharing them on the web. Read more hot
  • Final Term
    Final Term is a new breed of terminal emulator. Features include semantic text menus, smart command completion, GUI terminal controls and more. Read more hot
  • GNOME Terminal
    GNOME Terminal is a terminal emulation application that you can use to perform the following tasks: Access a UNIX shell in the GNOME environment; Run any application that is designed to run on VT102, VT220, and xterm hot
  • rxvt
    rxvt is a colour vt102 terminal emulator intended as an xterm(1) replacement for users who do not require features such as Tektronix 4014 emulation and toolkit-style configurability. As a result, rxvt uses much less swap space. hot
  • Shelr
    Shelr is an open source utility that provides plain text screencasts for shell 'ninjas'. This tool lets you record/replay and publish your terminal on or other services. It works almost the same as script or ttyrec but adds some useful features. Read more hot
  • Terminator
    Terminator is an application that provides lots of terminals in a single window, saving valuable screen space otherwise wasted on window decorations and not quite being able to fill the screen with terminals. Read more hot
  • Terminology
    Terminology is the terminal emulator from the Enlightenment desktop environment. It was designed to use EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) and push the boundaries of what a modern terminal emulator should be. Terminology has the main functionality of any terminal emulator including support for backgrounds, themes for layout and design, multiple tabs, block text selection, link handling, preview icons for files, support for X11 and Wayland etc. Read more hot
  • ttystudio
    Record your terminal and compile it to a GIF or APNG without any external dependencies, bash scripts, gif concatenation, etc. Read more hot
  • AltYo
    AltYo is a drop-down terminal emulator, written in Vala, and depends only on libvte and gtk3.
  • AmigaSHELL
    AmigaSHELL makes your boring gray on black colored bash shell revive like in the old days.
  • Anthias
    Anthias is a graphical shell. It integrates the approach of the traditional unix-console with the modern GUI shells, like konqueror. The user would be able to type in commands just as in a traditional console.
  • aterm
    AfterStep term (aterm) is an xterm replacement, based on rxvt. It includes features such as NeXT style scrollbar, resource efficient pseudo-transparency.
  • Black Screen
    Black Screen is a modern terminal emulator based on Electron and exploiting capabilities of contemporary interfaces in contrast to most of the terminal emulators.
  • blurt
    Bloody Lame Useless Redundant Terminal is a terminal emulator for X windows, like rxvt and xterm.
    a small VT320 terminal emulator. It is free for single user non-commercial use, for all other use you must register BBBS
  • Byobu
    Byobu is an elegant enhancement of the otherwise functional, plain, practical GNU Screen. Byobu includes an enhanced profile and configuration utilities for the GNU screen window manager, such as toggle-able system status notifications. Read more
  • Cellphone Unix Terminal
    a hack that basically enables you to use a normal cellphone as a Unix/Linux terminal from anywhere
  • Cobra Command Tool
    Cobra Command Tool is a terminal emulator with a lot of extra features.
  • cool-old-term
    cool-old-term is a terminal emulator which tries to mimic the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight. Read more
  • Deepin Terminal
    Deepin Terminal has advanced features such as search, adjust opacity in real-time etc.
  • dzt
    YATGT (Yet Another Tabbed GNOME Terminal): It was inspired by PowerShell, which did not seem stable enough for daily use. Dzt's main goal is to provide a multi-tabbed/paged terminal for GNOME which is simple, configurable, and quick to use
  • Eterm
    Eterm is a color vt102 terminal emulator intended as a replacement for xterm. It is designed with a Freedom of Choice philosophy, leaving as much power, flexibility, and freedom as possible in the hands of the user. It is designed to look good and work well, but takes a feature-rich approach rather than one of minimalism while still maintaining speed and efficiency.
  • evilvte
    evilvte is a terminal emulator. It supports almost everything VTE provides. It also supports tabs, automatic hiding of the tab bar, and the ability to switch encoding at runtime. Configuration is done by editing the source code and recompiling it. The size of a standard stripped binary of evilvte is less than 9 kilobytes.
  • fbpad
    fbpad is a small linux framebuffer virtual terminal.
  • FbTerm
    FbTerm is a fast terminal emulator for Linux that uses the frame buffer. It is mostly as fast as the Linux kernel's terminal when accelerated scrolling is enabled on the frame buffer device.
  • gflame
    gflame draws a flame on the screen, fully fledged and with some gadgets GTK has to offer.
  • ggiterm
    terminal emulator similar to xterm, eterm or gnome-terminal. It is hower different from any of them in that it does not display itself through the X Window system. Instead it relies on the GGI graphical libraries and input system. This enables ggiterm to be run unmodified on any target supported by GGI, from X to the Linux framebuffer and even more exotic setups
  • GLterm
    a 3D terminal-emulator which uses GLF and GLUT. It emulates rxvt in a quite unconventional manner
  • groupvte
    Groupvte is a very small multitab terminal written in python to administrate groups of similar machines very easily.
  • GtkTerm
    a "clone" of the famous Hyperterminal. It can only communicate with a serial link and that it does not support all the modem protocols
  • Guake
    Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome (in the style of Yakuake for KDE, Tilda or the terminal used in Quake).
  • gxconsole
    The gxconsole stays in the icon tray on the GNOME desktop, and notifies new arrivals of system console messages by changing the shape of its icon. It also shows/hides the contents of system console messages when its icon is clicked.
  • hanterm
    hanterm is a Hangul terminal emulator. It is intended to replace XTerm whenever Hangul input/output is needed.
  • IPBT
    IPBT (It's Play-Back Time) is a curses-based playback utility for recordings of terminal sessions in either ttyrec or nh-recorder format. This utility analyses the entire ttyrec file before beginning the playback, and reorganises it into a form which permits frame-by-frame forward and backward replay. Read more
    KMSCON is a terminal-emulator which runs without X or Wayland. It uses Linux Kernel-Mode-Setting (KMS) to display the console on your monitors and therefore can run as a standalone program. The main goal of the project is to replace the in-kernel console emulator with a user-space software to be more flexible.
  • Kmscon
    Kmscon is a simple terminal emulator based on linux kernel mode setting (KMS). It is an attempt to replace the in-kernel VT implementation with a userspace console.
  • Konsole
    Konsole is the KDE 4 terminal emulator. It can contain multiple terminal sessions inside one window using detachable tabs. Read more
  • KryLock
    KryLock is a terminal locker for Linux. krylock accepts root's password for unlocking the terminal.
  • Kuake
    Kuake is a KDE konsole application with the look and feel of that in the Quake engine. It intends to create seamless integration of a konsole to your KDE desktop.
  • lterm
    lterm is a vte-based terminal emulator. It is mainly used as SSH/Telnet client but can be very easily configured to use any other protocol. Furthermore it can be a usual terminal on local host.
  • LXterminal
    LXterminal is a VTE-based terminal emulator which supports multiple tabs. It is completely desktop-independent and does not have any unnecessary dependencies. Read more
  • materm
    a multi-terminal for the X Windows system based on aterm that provides tabbed functionality without requiring KDE or GNOME
  • Mlterm
    Mlterm is a multilingual terminal emulator on X11 which supports various character sets and encodings.
  • mpter
    a terminal for the GNOME desktop environment. It allows a user to have several terminals open at the same time embedded within one window
  • Mrxvt
    Mrxvt (previously named as materm) is a lightweight and powerful multi-tabbed X terminal emulator based on the popular rxvt and aterm. It implements many useful features seen in some modern X terminal emulators, like gnome-terminal and konsole, but keep to be lightweight and independent from the GNOME and KDE desktop environment.
  • Multi Gnome Terminal
    an enhanced version of gnome-terminal that offers many terminals in each window and execution of user defined commands in the terminals
  • MultiTerm
    MultiTerm is an extendible Terminal Emulation which provides a high quality user interface.
  • multixterm
    creates multiple xterms that can be driven together or separately
  • MXTerm
    MXTerm is a Xwindows terminal emulator which is readily available for all Xwindow platforms. MXterm uses the MOTIF widget library, adding a 3D appearance to menus and scrollbars, etc. Later a set of escape codes where added to generate color text.
  • Nautilus Terminal
    Nautilus Terminal is a terminal embedded in Nautilus, the GNOME's file browser. It is always open in the current folder, and follows the navigation (the "cd" command is automatically executed when you move to an other folder).
  • PowerShell
    PowerShell is a terminal emulator for the X11 Window System.
  • PowerTerm InterConnect
    (commercial) emulation software, supporting the most widely used emulation types via a Telnet communication mode including 3270 Display (TN3270), 5250 Display (TN5250) and VT100 to name a few. Free personal-use version available in the U.S.A
  • pr3287
    pr3287 is the printer companion for x3270, and allows printer output from a 3270 session to be directed to a Unix printer queue.
  • QuadKonsole
    QuadKonsole is a program which embeds 4 Konsoles (other numbers can be specified on the command-line). This way you save screen real estate, you don't have to worry about careful placement and the startup time is faster than starting up 4 separate Konsoles.
  • ROXTerm
    ROXTerm is a terminal emulator intended to provide similar features to GNOME Terminal, based on the same VTE library, but with a smaller footprint and quicker start-up time. Read more
  • rxvt-unicode
    rxvt-unicode is a version of the well-known "rxvt" terminal emulator modified to store text in unicode and use locale-correct. Also supports using multiple fonts at the same time, including xft fonts. Read more
  • S-terminal
    collects the user's authentication information locally, then creates an encrypted tunnel to the remote host using ssh and starts an X session. All X applications on the remote machine communicate with the local host through the encrypted tunnel
  • sakura
    sakura is a vte-based terminal emulator. It aims to provide a terminal emulator that only depends on GTK and VTE. It uses a notebook to allow multiple tabs in the same window. Read more
  • Screen
    Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells. Each virtual terminal provides the functions of the DEC VT100 terminal and, in addition, several control functions from the ANSI X3.64 (ISO 6429) and ISO 2022 standards. Read more
  • script
    script is an open source tool that makes a typescript of everything displayed on your terminal. It is useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an interactive session as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can be printed out later with lpr. Read more
  • Showterm
    Showterm is an open source utility that lets you record a terminal session exactly as you experience it, right down to the syntax highlighting. Read more
  • SplitVT
    SplitVT takes any VT100 terminal window and splits it into two shell windows, one on top and one on bottom.
  • taTelnet
    a cross-platform telnet program utilizing the wxWindows cross-platform GUI library. taTelnet emulates a DEC VT100 terminal with an extended "PC" mode
  • Terminal
    Terminal is a modern terminal emulator for the Unix/Linux desktop - primarly for the Xfce desktop environment. We developed it because we saw the need for a lightweight and easy to use terminal emulator in the Xfce desktop environment, that doesn't require the user to install the GNOME plattform, but still provides a worthy alternative to the GNOME terminal emulator.
  • Terminix
    Terminix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget.
  • terminol
    terminol is a simple X11 VT220 terminal emulator featuring: reflowed unicode text, history support and deduplication, client-server mode, user-defined key-bindings, and 24-bit color.
  • Termistor
    Termistor is a drop-down terminal for Wayland.
  • termit
    termit is a terminal emulator based on the vte library. It includes tabs, bookmarks, and the ability to switch encodings.
  • TermLauncher Applet
    TermLauncher Applet is a simple GNOME Panel Applet for quickly launching gnome-terminals. It is meant as an alternative to the standard launcher applet and has a context menu that enables you to launch a terminal using a particular profile.
  • termlock
    blanks a curses compatible character terminal (e.g. xterm, eterm, PuTTY, konsole, dtterm, etc ...) and locks it. To unlock the terminal a password must be entered
  • termrec
    termrec is a program for recording "videos" of terminal output. Read more
  • TermRecord
    TermRecord is a simple, open source, terminal session recorder with easy-to-share self-contained HTML output. Store these files as your own notes, email them to collaborators, use them as instructional examples, or whatever you wish. Read more
  • Tilda
    Tilda takes after the likeness of many classic terminals from first person shooter games, Quake, Doom and Half-Life to name a few, where the terminal has no border and is hidden from the desktop till a key or keys is hit.
  • tmux
    tmux is a "terminal multiplexer". It allows a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal. It is intended to be a simple, modern, BSD-licensed alternative to programs such as GNU screen. Read more
  • TN5250
    the implementation of a 5250 emulator. The 5250 is most commonly used for connected to IBM's AS/400
  • tty2gif
    tty2gif is an open source solution to record scripts and their outputs into both binary and gif formats. Read more
  • ttyrec
    ttyrec is a tty recorder. Recorded data can be played back with the included ttyplay command. Read more
  • ttyutils
    ttyutils is a suite of UNIX terminal tools. It includes ttyexec, ttylook, ttyadmin, and a few extension programs. ttyexec executes command in a pseudo terminal, captures all stdandard output from the command, and passes it to a built-in virtual terminal emulator and real terminal.
  • tvterm
    tvterm is a terminal emulator for Turbo Vision.
  • Vintage Terminal
    Vintage Terminal is a terminal emulator that simulates the looks of a 1980s monitor.
  • vttest
    to test the compatibility (or to demonstrate the non-compatibility) of so-called "VT100-compatible" terminals
  • xterm
    xterm is a terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that can't use the window system directly. Read more
  • xtermset
    xtermset is a small program to change settings in your xterm, like the title bar, text colors, geometry and so on.
  • Yakuake
    Yakuake is a Quake-style terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole. It features smoothly rolling down from the top of your screen, a tabbed interface, configurable dimensions and animation speed, a skinnable GUI, and a sophisticated DCOP interface.

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