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.