Monday, October 04, 2010

Free for All Ten

Ten Things You Can Have for Free

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

Anagrams Creator will "help you find some great anagrams. It is really easy to use, just enter a name and press the big button, Anagrams Creator will shuffle the characters using a special algorithm and show 3 suggestions. From there on you can 'fine tune' one of them or press again for more variants. By checking Assist, which is on by default, the software will use a wordlist of more then 5000 words for better results" (OS: Windows)

Brainflow is an open source "small text editor designed for brainstorming for creative writing. It displays numerous real-time wordcount statistics and shows progress toward daily and long term goals. Designed for use with the NaNoWriMo contest" (OS: All 32-bit MS Windows [95/98/NT/2000/XP])

Dramatis Personae 2 is "designed to track the personalities and information used by authors in writing fiction novels/short stories" (OS: Mac OS X)

Kabikaboo is "a tree-based note pad, designed to help you plan a book or complex project. Features (1.7): Note Tree: infinitely customizable; you create all categories and subcategories; Edit Nodes: a simple node that you can write text inside of; View Nodes: recursively see any section of your tree, as if it were one document; Tabbed Notebook: keep as many nodes open as you want; Bookmarks: help you jump back to your favorite/important nodes; Spellcheck: automatic spellcheck engine utilizing Enchant; Export: any node, recursively or not, to text or html, for printing; Import: your big text files and auto-split them into nodes; Statistics: word count with real time updates; Visits: three different automatic lists of visited nodes and much more" (OS: Linux and Windows)

LibreOffice Beta is "a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute" (OS: Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux; designer notes: "This beta release is not intended for production use! Be advised that the current beta might replace your installation")

Page Four is "a dedicated writing environment for creative writers. Where other word processors were built with the business user in mind, PageFour was designed to meet the needs of novelists and creative writers. It does not improve your prose or make you a better writer, only you can do that, but PageFour does make your job just that little bit easier" (OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP)

PolyEdit Lite is "a free word processor that is designed to be lightweight, reliable, easy-to-use, and extremely fast. It has all of the standard capabilities you expect from a word processor. The program also introduces some innovative features that will make your work more efficient" (OS: unspecified but it looks like Windows; designer notes that it is MS Word compatible and replaces WordPad and NotePad)

Romanzo is "Software for writing novels. Features an intuitive, efficient GUI for organizing ideas. Integrates the text editor of the user's choice. Completed works can be exported for final formatting in a word processor or document formatting system" (OS: 32-bit MS Windows [NT/2000/XP], All POSIX [Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes])

Spine Page 07 claims to usher in "The new age of Word Processing! Spine has pulled out most of the features that Word Processors such as Word has, as the average user only uses 10% of them! Some of the features include: Transparency; Saving, Printing, Opening; Bold, Underline etc.; On-Screen-Keyboard; Resizable Workspace!" (OS: unspecified but designer notes that it's Windows Vista compatible)

Text Cleanser will "remove redundant characters from a given text in just a few seconds. You could create a text file and use Replace to remove the unwanted characters one by one. But that's not exactly efficient, right? With Text Cleanser you just enter the text, select which characters should be removed and press Cleanse this text" (OS: unspecified; looks like Windows)


  1. Just an FYI - I attempted to download and try the Dramatis Personae 2 program, and although it downloaded to my Mac without issue, I got an error message when I tried to actually launch the program - that it would not work on Mac OS 10. I tried it on two different Macs with two different versions of OS 10, so I'm not sure what the problem is. If anyone can figure out the problem, I'd love to know. This looks like something very useful.

  2. Anonymous7:25 PM

    That Anagrams Creator looks cool. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm going to give Page Four a try tonight!

  4. Thanks for the list. A lot of this looks to be useful to me.

  5. Hmmm...I'm bummed! I wanted to try the Dramatis Personae 2, but it's only for Macs.

    I've looked at the PageFour before, but I have Liquid Story Binder and still can't figure out how to work that ;)

    As for LibreOffice, that's the newest version of OpenOffice and I love that suite.

    Thanks, Lynn! A great list I'll come back to.


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