It’s true that talented writers can live with a pen and paper and go on to write masterpieces of their own. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some great tools to assist them with their work. Believe it or not, there are some great freeware tools that all writers can use. I’ve personally used most of the software discussed here, and also included those with favorable reviews. Whatever they are, it would be smart to use them not only because they’re free, but because they do a good job as well.
1. Open Office – an open source application that can be used as a Word Processor. It can also be used to create spreadsheets, presentations, and databases. One good thing about this is that it can operate together with Microsoft Word.
2. Stickies – an electronic Post-It that has many features. You can change the pad’s colors and even set-up an alarm to open a note. This software is simple but highly effective.
3. RoughPad – a word processing program specifically created for writers. It offers three writing modes that offer three specific formats: screenplay, stage or radio play, and normal writing.
4. Tree Pad – a great software that allows writers to organize their data well. It helps control notes, researches, addresses, and data by outlining them in a “tree” structured format on a separate window while viewing details on each subject beside the tree outline. It’s very effective and time-saving.
5. yWriter Novel Software – helps break novels into scenes and chapters, and helps keep track of a writer’s work.
6. PageBreeze – a free visual (WYSIWYG) and HTML tag/source modes that creates websites instantly. This is a must for promoting a writer’s work on the internet.
7. Photo Razor – a simple tool that re-sizes photos without cropping them.
8. Edit Pad Lite – advanced Notepad that includes tabs, view in web browsers, conversion to Unix and Mac, and many others. Notepad has now become less boring.
9. Sonar – allows a writer to keep track of submitted articles.
10. Xmarks – keeps Mozilla, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome bookmarks conveniently in one location. It can be accessed anywhere.
11. W.O.T. / McAfee Site Advisor – W.O.T. offers website ratings and reviews for safer browsing on the Internet. Another option is McAfee Site Advisor. W.O.T., however, is more comprehensive.
12. Text Block Writer – a virtual index card program. They are ideal for those who like to use index cards when organizing their researches.
13. Coffee Cup Wizard – makes it easy to zip and unzip files.
14. FoxIt Reader – a better alternative to Adobe Reader. It offers most of the features of Adobe Reader without the memory bloats.
15. WordWeb – offers dictionary and thesaurus references that can be used offline as well as online.
16. GNU Aspell – spell checkers that also suggest possible replacements for misspelled words.
17. Bibus – creates bibliographic databases that can be inserted in OpenOffice and MS Word documents.
18. Creativity Portal – unleashes creativity through its Imagination Prompt Generator. It is also good for brainstorming creative ideas.
19. Word Count Plus – counts the number of words, spaces, letters, and punctuation marks on a document.
20. Book Form 1.0 – reformats a text document into pages that can be printed and put together in book form.
21. Efficient Diary – a great tool for writing journals.
22. Efficient Calendar Free – an excellent time management tool that has a lot of similarities with Microsoft Outlook.
23. Simple To Do – helps writers prioritize their “Things To Do” list and arrange them in “tree style.”
24. Pandora Data Recovery – easily recovers accidentally-deleted files.
25. Mindomo – helps writers brainstorm and mind-map ideas.
26. Talking Alarm Clock – reminds a writer to go back to work (or whatever it is they need to do) by using animated icons.
28. Instant Boss – a timer that not only measures work periods but also coffee breaks as well.
29. Screen Grab (Mozilla Add-On) – captures what’s on the screen and allows them to be used as images.
30. Malwarebytes (Free), Superantispyware (Free), Avira/Avast Antivirus (Free)/ Microsoft Security Essentials, Spyware Blaster (Free), and Zone Alarm (Free) – works as a powerful team in preventing and removing viruses, spyware, malware, and many others. Web surfing has become much safer, thanks to them.