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Demon_Lord

We all have favorite software that we had used for years. Some of these applications have a fully functional free version. Please share yours. I had a few favorites, but I'm sharing the one that after using it for ten years, I can't write without comfortably.

WordWeb Dictionary And Thesaurus
https://wordweb.info/

Like its name says it is a dictionary and thesaurus, which can be run on multiple devices and operating systems, and it works mostly offline. It's safe to install, and use. And it has many cool features to make our writing easier.

The free version is very similar to the Pro version, and their requirements for continuing using it free are easy to meet for most of us. Here is a link to qualify for their free license  https://wordweb.info/free/licence5.html



If anybody posts spam software that it's not free and safe, their posts and links will probably be deleted by the admin/moderator, so please try to keep it clean and useful.
 

Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 03:53:36 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.
 
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 04:15:51 AM »
Sigil! For editing epubs. Means I can make the ebook version of my books look professional and exactly the way I want them.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 05:42:23 AM »
I use Word Web. It's fantastic for Windows and useless for Mac.

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 10:59:04 AM »
If I feel the need for speed - Tomighty.

Much like myself, it's simple, does the job, and works offline.

https://tomighty.en.softonic.com/download 
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Jeff Tanyard

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 12:46:34 PM »
OpenOffice and Calibre.  Love 'em.
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Simon Haynes

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 02:11:53 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but I'm always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. I've used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and it's proving nice and reliable.


 
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Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2018, 07:15:17 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but Iím always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. Iíve used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and itís proving nice and reliable.

The only improvements Iíd ask for would be the choice of typographerís (curly) quotes and a better story board. At the moment the ďcardsĒ are far too big and impossible to rearrange.
 

Simon Haynes

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2018, 08:57:55 PM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but Iím always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. Iíve used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and itís proving nice and reliable.

The only improvements Iíd ask for would be the choice of typographerís (curly) quotes and a better story board. At the moment the ďcardsĒ are far too big and impossible to rearrange.

The problem with automatic curly quotes is that it'll mess up if one's missing, and if you're using single quotes for dialogue it's going to get confused when it comes to apostrophes.

I'm sure I can get around it with tricky programming, but there always seems to be some case where it fails.

PS the new yW7 now finally supports 'match whole word' in the global search/replace.

Didn't realise the cards were showing too big. What's your screen resolution?
 

Gerri Attrick

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2018, 01:10:45 AM »
Hi, Simon.

Windows 7 - 1366 x 768.

I usually have 36 scenes (12 chapters x 3 scenes) and even when I select ďsmallĒ Iím unable to see more than 10 scenes at a time without scrolling. It would work far better for me to have them stacked down the screen rather than always across. I generally only have one viewpoint character.
 
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Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2018, 08:17:28 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.

Thanks for sharing it, I've never heard of it. I'm going to give it a try.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2018, 08:24:16 AM »
If I feel the need for speed - Tomighty.

Much like myself, it's simple, does the job, and works offline.

https://tomighty.en.softonic.com/download

I found an article about it here: https://lifehacker.com/5818856/tomighty-is-a-simple-elegant-pomodoro-timer-for-boosting-productivity

It looks interesting, thank you.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2018, 08:25:54 AM »
OpenOffice and Calibre.  Love 'em.

I use those too.

Thanks.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2018, 08:29:28 AM »
My absolute favourite has to be yWriter writing software from SpaceJock (aka Simon Haynes, a member here).

Itís totally free, totally awesome, and Iíve written most of my 16 books with it.


Thanks ;-)

I wrote it for my own use, but I'm always pleased when someone else finds it useful too.  Unfortunately there are way too many undocumented features, such as export to epub, mobi and PDF, and I really need to update the sample project to show what it can do these days.

yWriter 7 is almost ready now. I've used it for my last three novels to iron out the bugs, and it's proving nice and reliable.

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.
 

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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2018, 04:17:02 AM »
I use the free version of Book Brush https://bookbrush.com/register/ for creating ads. I'm still in the learning curve  :icon_rolleyes: Too many choices.



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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2018, 07:41:51 AM »
For writing, Focus Writer (gottcode.org/focuswriter/), which gives me a blank screen in which to write.  It's customizable, so you can write on a screen of any color that suits you; or you can have an inspiring photo behind your writing area.  I can have as many files open as I need, and the program totals my word count and lets me set a timer if I like.  Saves in various file formats.

I've also been using Notepad++ for writing:  I outline in the program and then fill in the scenes.  Saves as plain text or in rich text format (which is usable by every word processing program I've used).  Extremely basic, but since I use it a lot (for creating web pages and ebooks and for and transcribing old documents), it works well for me.

I really recommend Focus Writer; I don't need the formatting icons cluttering the screen, and it's nice to have just a blank screen to put words on.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2018, 12:44:55 PM »
I use the free version of Book Brush https://bookbrush.com/register/ for creating ads. I'm still in the learning curve  :icon_rolleyes: Too many choices.




I was looking for something similar, it's good to know that you tried it and it works.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2018, 12:49:31 PM »
For writing, Focus Writer (gottcode.org/focuswriter/), which gives me a blank screen in which to write.  It's customizable, so you can write on a screen of any color that suits you; or you can have an inspiring photo behind your writing area.  I can have as many files open as I need, and the program totals my word count and lets me set a timer if I like.  Saves in various file formats.

I've also been using Notepad++ for writing:  I outline in the program and then fill in the scenes.  Saves as plain text or in rich text format (which is usable by every word processing program I've used).  Extremely basic, but since I use it a lot (for creating web pages and ebooks and for and transcribing old documents), it works well for me.

I really recommend Focus Writer; I don't need the formatting icons cluttering the screen, and it's nice to have just a blank screen to put words on.

Focus Writer sounds like a program that can helps us to organize our work, while staying focused. I had used  Notepad++ in the past, it's a better option than Windows Notepad.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2018, 01:52:00 PM »
LibreOffice with Write. It does everything I need it to do and I can't see ever paying for a word processor again.

Also, I use a free program called TimeLine, which is exactly what it says. You can create timelines of events and have notes attached to those events. I find it a lot easier and cleaner than trying to use those computerized index card programs. I like its visual look, getting you from the beginning of the story to the end.

https://www.libreoffice.org/

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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2018, 10:37:41 AM »
LibreOffice with Write. It does everything I need it to do and I can't see ever paying for a word processor again.

Also, I use a free program called TimeLine, which is exactly what it says. You can create timelines of events and have notes attached to those events. I find it a lot easier and cleaner than trying to use those computerized index card programs. I like its visual look, getting you from the beginning of the story to the end.

https://www.libreoffice.org/

http://thetimelineproj.sourceforge.net/

Yes, LibreOffice is excellent, I use it mostly when I'm using Linux.

I took note about TimeLine to give it a try. Thanks.
 

Simon Haynes

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2018, 04:16:48 PM »

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.

I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.  I also have a report analyser app (KDP, smashwords, etc) which I used to link to on The Other Place, but I've left it off my sig here.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2018, 04:32:50 AM »
 
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2018, 06:42:21 AM »
Cold Turkey Writer https://getcoldturkey.com/writer/

I've been using Cold Turkey for a couple of years now. I didn't know they had a Writer. I'll have to take a look at it.
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Demon_Lord

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« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2018, 07:08:50 AM »

I'm going to give it a try, it looks really useful.

Maybe you should put it on your signature here, so people can learn about it.

Thanks for creating it and sharing it free of charge.

I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.  I also have a report analyser app (KDP, smashwords, etc) which I used to link to on The Other Place, but I've left it off my sig here.

Well, maybe you should ask Timothy about it. Because you are not making money out of it. And even if you develop a 'pro' version, and charge for that, as long as you keep a 'free' full functional version, it's good stuff.

And software is a creativity product, and it's a program for creating books, and the analyzer is connected to sales of books.

I think that in your case there should be an exception.
 

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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2018, 11:43:17 AM »
Cold Turkey Writer https://getcoldturkey.com/writer/

Thank you!

I have to second that. I've been using Cold Turkey for a couple of years now, but didn't know about Writer. I went and downloaded the free version to give it a test drive and I liked it so much, I bought the paid version. I've been using it now for a few days and love it.
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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2018, 12:02:22 PM »
GIMP is a free image editor that is a choice if you don't want to pay for Photoshop. Like Shrek and Photoshop, it has LAYERS. That's a feature that you will appreciate with use.

https://www.gimp.org/
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2018, 12:22:14 AM »
Another free photoshop-like image editor is pixlr https://pixlr.com/editor/  It's a free online editor that has a very photoshop-like interface. It's pretty useful.
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Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2018, 06:10:45 AM »
GIMP is a free image editor that is a choice if you don't want to pay for Photoshop. Like Shrek and Photoshop, it has LAYERS. That's a feature that you will appreciate with use.

https://www.gimp.org/

Yes, GIMP is fantastic for cleaning background in images too.

Thanks!

 

Demon_Lord

Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2018, 06:12:04 AM »
Another free photoshop-like image editor is pixlr https://pixlr.com/editor/  It's a free online editor that has a very photoshop-like interface. It's pretty useful.

Thank you, I've never heard of it, and it's good to know there are multiple options.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2019, 10:46:48 PM »
Not the most mainstream list I guess, but this is what I use:

  • writing: emacs
  • change tracking: git
  • covers and image manipulation: gimp and krita
  • ebook creation: calibre tools (mainly ebook-convert), some perl scripts and a custom built lisp converter suite

And, of course, all of this running on linux, which is my most favorite free software of them all...  grint
 

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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2019, 05:42:43 AM »
Thanks you. This reminded me that I need to make a thread about our favorite Linux Distributions.
 

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Re: Please share your favorite free (tested and safe) software with us
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2019, 03:50:25 PM »
I'm pretty sure I saw a forum rule somewhere stating that sigs could only show books, not other stuff.Not here.
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