This is the first update/renovation of my master list of links to freeware, free trial software, tools and generators available online that may be useful to writers. It's not yet complete -- I have to check links, code and add about another hundred of them, and so forth -- but I thought you might like to see the list in progress.
Also, because I'm constantly adding new links, correcting broken links and removing dead links from it, the list will be perpetually under construction, but I think the indexing will render it more user-friendly. As before, you can park your cursor over each link and a box will pop up with a short description of the item or more details about its function.
Before you use any link to download freeware, please remember the standard freeware caution: always download free programs onto a disk and scan them for viruses or other threats before you put them on your hard drive.
Accounting: Accounting Express 2008 * Personal Finance Manager
Art: ArtPad * Browzer Books Art Pac * Chaos Pro * Desktop Graffitist * Desktop Messager * Digital Snowglobes * Dreamlines * Fractal Wallpaper * Litha:Paint * Photo-to-Sketch * Project DogWaffle * Segmation * Twisted Brush
Calendars: 1 year * Calendar.exe * Calendar Magic * Calendars & Planners * Chandler * Digital Calendar * Easy HR Popup Calendar * MiniMinder * Multi-Reminders * pAgenda * Rainlendar * Remind Me Please * Sunbird * TaskPrompt * TimeLeft * Time Sentry * TimeTool * TKexe Kalendar * ToDo
Clocks: 3D Matrix Clock * Banshee Screamer Alarm * Claudio * ClickClock * Clock! * ClockLink * ClocX * Cursor Clock * Custom Skin Clock * Free Atomic Clock * Floating Clock * Kaleidoscope Clock * MicroEggTimer * MultiLingual Speaking Clock * Talking Alarm Clock * Topmost Clock * yTimer
Color and Color Pickers: Anry Color Picker * Cheap as Free Color Picker * Color Cop * Color Palette Generator * Instant Eyedropper * PagePainter * Paint Chips * Peacock Color Picker * SwatchBook * VMN Toolbox
Database: BiblioExpress * Book DB * List * Margaret Fisk's Writing Links
E-books & PDFs: EBook Compiler * Paperless Printer * PDF995 * PDF Factory * PDF Machine * PDF Maker DLL * PDFOnline.com * PDF Text Reader * Primo PDF * rheaDER * Tiny PDF * TweakPDF * WordPod * yBook
Freeware Resources: FreewareFiles.com * FreewarePalm.com * Freeware World Team * Spacejock Software
Games & Game Creation: 7 Wonders * 8 Kingdoms * AdventureMaker * GameMaker * Legendary Tales * PCGen 5.13.4 Beta * Spice Trade
Graphics: Alice * AndreaMosaic * Art of Illusion * BezierDraw * Capture-A-Screenshot * EZThumbnails * Faststone * FreeSerifSoftware * Free Photo Station * Irfanview * Mosaizer * Nature's Mosaic * 93 Photo Street * Offtype.net * Photo2Web and Photo View * PhotoGadget * Photopolis * PhotoShape * Seasidesoft Book Manager * The Gimp * Wax * WinMorph * WPClipArt
Handicapped Writer Aids: Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard * RapidKeys
HTML Editor: Alleycode
Inspiration: Bonsai Story Generator * E-muse * The Hero Machine * Ink * Papel * Said * Serendipity * 7th Novel * Seventh Sanctum * StoryMind.com's free trial versions of Story Weaver, Dramatic Pro, and Movie Magic * The Story Starter * WriteThis * yWriter
Journaling: Diary Book * eJournal * iDailyDiary *Life As I See It
Mac Freeware: 63 Great Mac Programs That Won't Cost You a Bundle * Applejack * Butler * iBackup * Inkscape * NeoOffice * Nvu * Scrivener Gold * TextExpander * TextWrangler 2 * XShelf
Mind Mapping & Project Management: Aviz Thought Mapper * Axon * ConceptDraw * Diagram Designer * FreeMind * IDEA! * The Literary Machine * MindGenius * MindManager * MindPad * NovaMind * Project Engine * Visual Mind * Vizual Einstein ME * Voodoopad
Miscellaneous: Dirk Paehl's Web Site * Editor's Choice Free Software * Electronic Piano * FAQ Genie * FastReader * FractMus * FreeMusicZilla * FreeWare Book * FreeToolkit.net * FreewareWiki *Garden with Insight * George's MySpace Editor * GroupMail * Help4J * Jan Verhoeven's Web Site * Magic Speed Reading * MouseCam * ProBoards * SmartBee * SuperMemo * TV.exe * UserHealth * Video DVD Maker * VLC media client (formerly VideoLANclient) * VRML Beans * Weather Watcher * WebMastersChannel.com
Names: Blueman's Name Generators * Fake Name Generator * Kleimo's Random Name Generator * HippoName * Name Generator
Notepad, Notes and Notebooks: AM-Notebook * DocPad * ExCopy * Floating Notes * Fuzzy Duck Note Tab * Keynote * The Magic Notebook * MemoirsLite * MikkoMatrix * The Novel Notebook by PBW * Notebook 2000 * Notebox Disorganizer * Notes * Printable Notebook * Scrapbook * Scribe * Shirusupad * SnipIts * SquareNotes * StickIt * TextBlockWriter * Whiteboard PS * WikidPad 1.9beta12 * Win32Pad * Xint * ZuluPad
Organizers & Planners: Active Tree Notes * Acute Notes * Agenda * BiblioExpress * Chaos Manager * Data Crow * EasyNoter * eQit * Idea Tracker * KPlan Personal * Manuscript Tracking * My Things * NotesBrowser * Personal Info Managers * PlanWare * Pooter4 * Quick2Do * Simple TODO * SlimList * Sonar * Total Organizer * What to Do
Printing/Formatting: BookFormat * Book Reader * Flipbook Printer * Jordi's Handwriting Fonts * Larabie Fonts * PosteRazor * Posteriza * QuickEnvelopes * Text2Web
Reference: Bible Gateway * Convert * Earth's Core * Everest Dictionary * The Form Letter Machine * Fredal's Dictionary * Kwik Facts * MB Free Psychic Dictionary 1.25 Mobysaurus * Rhyme * ScholarCite * Visual Thesaurus * Vocabula * WordWeb
Security: Best Privacy Pack * Secure Notepad
Text Editor: AkelPad * Angel Writer * Cliche Cleaner * ClipboardDoc * Elfima * eTextReader * Fun4Word * Handwriter * MoonEdit * NotesPad Text Editor *
Paddy *Textplorer * Text Split * TXTCollector * Zdocj
Text to Speech: Alien Speech * DSpeech * SpeakOut * yRead
Titles: The Abstract Art Title Generator
Toolbars: A-Toolbar * WebSearchBar
Utilities: Chaos Crystal * Coffee Cup Zip Wizard * Dead Disk Doctor * DocScrubber * Emsa Save My Work * ForeWords * GlobalSpellChecker * HTML-Help Toy * JR Directory Printer * Laptop Battery Power Monitor * LaunchOnFly * Link Collector * Natural Word * Phrase Express * ReadPal * ReadThemAll * Send 2 Notepad * Smart CutNPaste * SpeedMenus * Spell Magic * Stay Connected * Text Crawler * Text Mining Tool * Textalyser * Title Scroller * TypeItIn * UserClone * Word Index Builder * Word Sorter * Wordcounter * yGen * yLaunch * ySync * Unstoppable Copier
Widgets: The Generator Blog * Slide.com
Word Processing & Office Suites: AbiWord * AbiWord v. 2.4.5 * Book Writer * Budgie 1.6 * Jarte * Open Office 2.3.1 RC1 * Open Office Portable * Page Four * Polar Office * tejpWriter 3.50 * Writers Block
World Building: Artificial Planet * Carabao * Celestia * Chris Pound's Language Machines * Design-A-Room * Furnish * Google Earth * Interlex * Random Terrain Generator * Schmap * StarStrider * Sweet Home 3D * Textanz * WordMorph * Your Sky
Writing: John and Marcia, The Novel Crash Test Dummies* PBW's Left Behind & Loving It 2007 Virtual Workshops
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Ta muchly for all the links to my stuff!ReplyDelete
You might like to move yBook to your ebook section from Utils, and add yRead to your Text to Speech section. You might like to add yTimer to your clocks section, if you feel the need for another one. (It allows 100 simultaneous timers, and can sound an alarm, run a program, or both.)
Another interesting app - but not mine: The Gimp is a fantastic graphics app (freeware). It isn't really writing related, but VideoLanClient is a wonderful DVD-watching/media showing app which can stream over a network, transcode into smaller file sizes, etc, etc. And Irfanview is the best graphics viewer/clipper bar none.
Got them all added and rearranged, Simon -- thanks for the recs, too.ReplyDelete
Link overload! Link overload!ReplyDelete
What an amazing amount of effort on our behalf. Many thanks.ReplyDelete
Just discovered this and am in link heaven...Thanks for all the info! I'd like to know, which ones do you use and find to be the best?ReplyDelete
Michele wrote: I'd like to know, which ones do you use and find to be the best?ReplyDelete
I'm physically handicapped, Michele, and the voice program I use to write doesn't jive well with most of these programs, so none. I hunt down links for other writers who can't afford more costly software.
How very giving of you! And impressive that you run all this in spite of your handicap. Thanks, again, for the list and your work!ReplyDelete
Just a note: there's some software out from Microsoft labs that's free to download and use: StickySorter. It's basically like a virtual corkboard.ReplyDelete
I used to use TextBlock Writer, but I think that Stickysorter is a better, more natural alternative.
You can find it here: http://www.officelabs.com/projects/stickysorter/Pages/default.aspx
For accounting, try GNUCash. Works on Windows and linux. It is a full accounting system and free!ReplyDelete
This is a great list! Did you know about these?ReplyDelete
* HabitRPG - App that puts time management and habit formation in a game setting. Lots of fun and has a good reward system for keeping up with tasks. It's free, but has a Donate button, as well as the option to buy in-game gems which unlock fun extras.
* Duolingo - Language learning app. They currently have Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Dutch (Netherlands), Danish, and Swedish for English speakers. If you're a non-English speaker, they have a wide variety of base languages they support in learning English, too many to list here. Like HabitRPG, language acquisition is put into a game format, but it's main strength is that it breaks learning down into small chunks.
I've used both these apps and found them extremely useful, both in my regular life and as a writer.