Monday, July 30, 2007

Easy Ten

Ten Things to Make Your Writing Life Easier

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

1. Looking for a free journal/diary program that also features an event reminder, address book, an alarm, picture manager, built-in mailer, HTML & Web Diary and To-Do List? Check out DiaryBook.

2. Another journal-keeping freeware, eJournal, can also be used as a project diary.

3. MikkoMatrix freeware "randomly selects words from two different lists, and displays these words. The user can use the included lists or may elect to replace the lists for his or her own specific purposes, such as creating random character names."

4. Magnify anything under your cursor up to 20X with MouseCam freeware utility (scroll down.)

5. RapidKeys freeware is an intelligent virtual keyboard for the disabled that suggests words as you click-type.

6. Create standards compliant bibliographies with ScholarCite freeware.

7. Scrapbook is an unstructured freeware program that simply saves and stores chunks of text for you.

8. SpeakOut text-to-speech freeware will read any text or text file to you. It can also monitor your Windows clipboard and read the contents to you.

9. Organize your time, stay on schedule and never forget another task again with TaskPrompt freeware.

10. Improve your vocabulary, create your own dictionary and more with Vocabula freeware.

While I was out freebie-hunting, I also found a virtual dictionary freeware for bad spellers: Fredal's Dictionary.

Upcoming on PBW this week:

The Art of Coining Words

PBWisms Contest

RW: Holiday Wishlist

Sub Ops

Buzz Kills

August Biz Post: Finding New Markets


  1. holiday wishlist? which holiday?

  2. Miss Kate wrote: which holiday?

    Any holiday you celebrate during the month of December. :)

  3. oh, that's ages off. I thought you meant labor day. Fun to think of what would be appropriate for that holiday. A membership in AFL-CIO? Or Columbus Day...much easier. A bottle of Italian wine.

  4. Anonymous7:25 AM

    'Speak Out' reminds me...Don't you use a program that does the opposite? Voice to text. I'm interested for my dad. He had a minor stroke almost two years ago. Fortunately, he's doing well, but his right hand is still a tad ornery and typing is tough. I told him about the voice-to-text program and he's interested, but I know little about it. How's it working for you? Is it easy to use? His voice is also slightly raspy now. And he has a Southern accent. I've wondered if this would cause the program to meltdown and type bizarre words...or type with the speed of dripping honey. :>)

  5. I once had my computer read something I had written and saved on MS Reader. It felt so weird hearing that electronic voice reading my story.


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