Monday, April 26, 2010

Resource Roundup for April: Free Apps for Writers

This month, we’re featuring a handful of handy free software apps that can benefit writers of any stripe—plus, some of them are just plain fun.

q10: Eliminate distractions with this full-screen word processor. Features all kinds of neat gizmos (including a target word count tracker, timer alarm, and even typewriter sound effects), but remains very streamlined.

Freemind: This mind-mapping software makes taking notes and fleshing out ideas easier than ever.

Zotero: This easy-to-use Firefox extension helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It nests within your web browser, but exports info to Word and OpenOffice.

Foxit Reader: This is Adobe Reader’s competition. Super speedy pdf reader.

CutePDF: Use this program to export pdf documents from just about any document creator including Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign.

Enso Words: This universal spellchecker works across the gamut of Windows programs, including word processors and web browsers.

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