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By Dan Grabham on at Whether you're writing creatively, for work or for your studies, these Windows apps will help you stay organised and on track. Indeed, they're for anybody writing big documents - we all know how things can quickly go off track and it's important to be organised.
So these free downloads for writers will certainly help you - click the link in each to download the software.
LibreOffice Writer Every writer needs a good word processor for at least some tasks, and LibreOffice has one of the best free offerings around. Auto-completion, auto-formatting and the spell checker work as you write, delivering great results with minimal hassle. If you need a little more then it's easy to extend your document with embedded images, footnotes and endnotes, indexes, bibliographies and more.
It's straightforward to export your work as a PDF file, ready to share with others. And this is all presented in a familiar, Word style interface.
You'll feel at home right away. TheSage TheSage is a very powerful dictionary and thesaurus and a stack of useful features.
For example, a one-click lookup in most applicatons will get you a definition, an example sentence, a pronuciation guide with matching audio to hear it spoken out loudand any synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms and meronyms.
You don't know how to spell a word? No problem, TheSage will offer Google-like alternatives if you get something wrong. All your searches are stored in a history list for easy reference later. There's also an anagram solver. And the program can even run web searches on your term at Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Google.
But experienced users can fine tune their project by directly tweaking EPUB code. A powerful search tool helps you to update text and formatting; tools to create a table of contents and index give your project a professional touch; and the bundled FlightCrew EPUB validator checks that your book conforms to the EPUB standards.
TreeSheets TreeSheets is an interesting note-taking program which takes an unusual approach to organising your ideas. It works a little like a spreadsheet, but each cell can contain lots of data, images, formatted text and more. So you might have a list of items, each of which contains contains further tables and images, creating something like an outliner tool with an extra dimension.
The TreeSheets interface is a little unconventional, and that will put plenty of people off. If you like the basic idea, though, it's well worth persevering, as once you've mastered the basics the program is a great way to record and arrange your thoughts.
Kiwix You've busy on an important project, and need to look something up. You turn to the web, of course - but your internet connection is down. If you've installed and set up Kiwix beforehand then this doesn't have to be a disaster. That's because the program allows you to download huge amounts of content - like all the text of Wikipedia pages though no images - for viewing offline.
You'll need to be patient at first, because these are big downloads GB. And they're only updated every year or so. But the files will also be easily accessible, whatever the state of your internet connection, and that could be really useful.
Storybook Storybook is a versatile tool which aims to help you properly structure a novel, screenplay or other complex written work.
You'll start by creating strands, one for each plotline. These have multiple scenes, telling your story. Each scene will be set in a defined location, with your choice of characters or items. And you can add, edit or rearrange any of this whenever you like.
While this sounds like a lot of work, it does help you to visualise and better understand your story. It's easy to discover and fix problems. And the option to organise your scenes into chapters should help when you move on to writing the book.
The program is a personal wiki, an interesting offline tool which helps you to link your ideas, and it's surprisingly easy to use. If you've just realised Steven Spielberg has to be covered in your piece, for instance, just type his name as one word, in mixed case - StevenSpielberg - and wikidPad will automatically turn your word into a link.
Double-click this link at any time to create a Spielberg page, then repeat the process elsewhere to quickly build your own document outline.
The program can do much more, too - download it and see for yourself.Scrivener ($45) is a Windows and Mac app that gives you a single place to dump all your ideas and writing. It includes tools to keep notes, collect research, outline, and organize your writing. Writing a report, research paper or even a novel is easy on your Surface.
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