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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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  • DataparkSearch
    DataparkSearch is a full-featured web search engine released under the GNU General Public License. DataparkSearch consists of two parts. The first part is indexing mechanism (indexer). Indexer walks over html hypertext references and stores found words and new references into database. The second part is web CGI front-end to provide search using data collected by indexer.
  • ddc-concordance
    ddc-concordance is a search engine developed specially to meet the needs of linguistic researchers.
  • Douglas Thrift's Search Engine
    Douglas Thrift's Search Engine is an indexing search engine for use on small websites such as personal or small business sites. It is designed to be very similar to Google for end users and its output is customizable. For indexing, it supports both the Robots Exclusion Protocol and the Robots META Tag.
  • DreamCloak
    DreamCloak allows you to create unlimited cloaked entry pages for each actual page across unlimited sites.
  • DuckDuckGo
    DuckDuckGo is a search engine focused on relevant results and respecting user privacy. It is a mash-up of several other sites like Wikipedia, About, Bing, and Yahoo.
  • filofant
    filofant is an indexing server for e-mails, attachments and other documents stored on various locations in your company. The indexed documents are accessible by a customizable web frontend like an internet search engine.
  • Find What I Mean
    Find What I Mean aims to provide a searching library that tolerates errors in queries.
  • gonzui
    gonzui is a source code search engine for accelerating open source software development. In the open source software development, programmers frequently refer to source codes written by others. Our goal is to help programmers develop programs effectively by creating a source code search engine that covers vast quantities of open source codes available on the Internet.
  • Goose Search
    Goose Search allows you to search Google's index of the Internet from the command line. You run Goose, giving it your list of search terms, and it presents a list of search results using an easy to navigate Curses display in your terminal. You can then select a search result to open in your web browser.
  • Harvest
    Harvest is a full featured web based search system for any kind of documents.
  • Heritrix
    Heritrix is the Internet Archive's open-source, extensible, web-scale, archival-quality web crawler project.
  • htdoogle
    htdoogle is a Web interface for the HTDIG search engine. It is fast and intuitive.
  • HtSearch
    HtSearch is a PHP interface to htsearch, a frontend to ht://Dig.
  • Hyper Estraier
    Hyper Estraier is a full-text search system. It can be used as a Web search engine, mailbox searching, etc. It features high performance searching, high scalability of target documents, a perfect recall ratio by the N-gram method, phrase searching, attribute searching, and similarity searching. Multilingualism is supported with Unicode.
  • imgSeekWeb
    imgSeekWeb is based on the imgSeek project. The final goal is a distributed server side content-based image search engine.
  • isbnsearch
    isbnsearch is a distributed search portal of common sources of ISBN numbers, with permanent caching of results. To provide a open-source free interface for ISBN retrieval using HTML, SQL or XML to be independent of any toolkits or software.
  • locust
    locust is a full featured Internet search engine specifically designed for knowledge area or corporate search. It can index 2.5 million documents per 24 hours on a single Dell server. It consists of clean C++/STL code written from scratch.
  • mguesser
    mguesser is a standalong part of libudmsearch (a core of mnogo search engine which allows to guess text's charset and language.
  • mnoGoSearch-php
    mnoGoSearch-php is a full-featured web search engine software for intranet and internet servers.
  • Montezuma
    Montezuma is a full-text indexing/search engine library written entirely in Common Lisp. Montezuma is a Common Lisp port of Ferret. Ferret is a Ruby port of Lucene.
  • mygosuMenu
    mygosuMenu is a simple, lightweight, fast, free, search engine friendly DHTML menu, compatible with most browsers.
  • Namazu
    Namazu is a full-text search system intended for easy use. Not only it works as a CGI program for a small or medium scale Web search engine, but also works as a personal use search system for your pile of emails.
  • NVBase
    NVBase is an information retrieval system that makes any data within an enterprise available. Any source of information including emails, RDBMS, file systems, and Web pages can be indexed and searched.
  • Open Search Server
    Open Search Server is a stable, high-performance search engine and a suite of high-powered full text search algorithms
  • Pagecast
    Pagecast is a program that makes it easy to send lists of URLs to popular internet search engine services.
  • Perlfect Search
    Perlfect Search is a sophisticated, powerful, versatile, customizable and effective site indexing/searching suite available under an open source license (GPL). It comes as a pair of disctinct scripts. The indexer, that automatically scans and indexes a web site, and the search engine, a cgi script that serves search queries for keywords over the index, and displays results pages in html, in a standard format including title, description and relevance ranking for each matching document.
  • PhpDig
    PhpDig is a web spider and search engine written in PHP, using a MySQL database and flat file support. PhpDig builds a glossary with words found in indexed pages. On a search query, it displays a result page containing the search keys, ranked by occurrence.
  • phpLinks
    phpLinks is an open source project written in PHP for use with MySQL, allowing one to run an extremely efficient Link Farm with full search capabilities. A "simulated" search engine in many ways.
  • phpSERA
    phpSERA is a PHP/MySQL-based tool for Search Engine Ranking Analysis (SERA). The rankings are based on parsing output of search engines, using simple regular expressions.
  • POPsearch
    POPsearch is a personal search engine that is designed to help you easily organize and find information on your computer. POPsearch lets you index your entire collection of email messages and files. This collection can then be searched from any web browser.
  • PyLucene
    PyLucene is a GCJ-compiled version of Java Lucene integrated with Python via SWIG. Its goal is to allow you to use Lucene's text indexing and searching capabilities from Python. It is designed to be API compatible with the latest version of Java Lucene.
  • Pyndex
    Pyndex is a simple full text indexer written in Python. It uses Metakit as its storage manager, so you need to have Metakit installed.
  • RestPose
    RestPose is a search engine. It is designed to take a set of documents and then, when given a query, to return ranked lists of documents which are a good match for that query.
  • Satellite2
    Satellite2 is a website indexing/search fascillity, written in Perl with (planned) : support for a large range of file formats (txt, html, doc, xsl, pdf, chm), Unlimited number of different indexes possible with one Satellite installation, Unlimited number of resulpage templates possible, and a web based administrator which allows easy adding, modifying and deleting of indexes.
  • Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes is a universal search engine - a system for gathering and indexing of textual data (text files, web pages, ...), both locally and over the network.
  • sitemap_gen
    sitemap_gen is a platform-independent site map generator. It crawls a Web site starting from a given URL, and outputs an XML sitemap file that you can use for Google or other search engines.
  • spindle
    spindle is a web indexing/search tool built on top of the Lucene toolkit. It includes a HTTP spider that is used to build the index, and a search class that is used to search the index.
  • spinn3r-client
    spinn3r-client implements client bindings to access the Spinn3r Web service. Spinn3r is a Web service for indexing weblogs. It provides raw access to every post being published in real time.
  • Strigi
    Strigi is a desktop and indexer independent desktop search engine. Its main features include very fast crawling, a very small memory footprint, no hammering of the system, and pluggable backends (currently clucene and hyperestraier was provided). Communication between the daemon and search program is done over an abstract interface which is desktop independent.
  • SWISH++
    SWISH++ is a Unix-based file indexing and searching engine (typically used to index and search files on web sites).
  • The Data Mine
    The Data Mine is a search engine designed to give users an unusually powerful interface. It is designed around human-computer intelligent interaction (making the computer a tool so humans can use their intelligence). It divides the screen into two halves: one lets you find all the instances of your query's keywords, and the other lets you look through a highlighted version of the results you choose.
  • The Search Engine Project
    The Search Engine Project is a simple yet extremely powerful and fast search engine in PHP with MySQL database. The TSEP is built to index and search a site of 250 pages within seconds. It also supports boolean search.
  • Web Searcher
    Web Searcher is an applet for GNOME which allows you to search a string in a selected search engine, with little work. It launches a browser with the Web address of a search engine ready to search.
  • Webglimpse
    Webglimpse is a fast, flexible search engine for finding information in a related web of pages.
  • xinabse
    xinabse is a search engine for small to medium sized sites. It consists of a HTTP spider written in Perl and a templatable frontend in PHP. Keywords and sites are stored in a MySQL database.
  • YaCY
    YaCY is a p2p-based distributed Web Search Engine.
  • Yahoo BOSS
    Yahoo BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) is a search API. This PHP 5.3 package can retrieve the results of Web, news, and image searches, and also cache them.
  • Yioop!
    Yioop! is a PHP search engine. Yioop! can be configured as either a general purpose search engine for the whole Web or it can be configured to provide search results for a set of URLs or domains.

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