Top Open Source Tools For Writers

by Ostatic Staff - May. 28, 2010

In this day and age, with all things going digital, the world of writing is getting a little smaller--just ask many of the former newspaper writers and editors beating the bricks out there. Still, good writers will always be with us, and tools for writing continue to evolve. In the open source arena, there are many great writerly applications available. Here are some good resources for finding them.

Five Open Source Apps For Writers and Authors. In this post, Lisa rounded up five applications that you definitely should know about if you spend time writing. They range from the recursive writing assistant Kabikaboo to Storybook, which can make life much easier for the budding novelist.

All Hail AbiWord. Whenever I show the open source word processor AbiWord to people who use Microsoft Word, they are dismayed at how equivalent to Microsoft's expensive application it really is. Even the interface is eerily similar. In this post, you can find out more about AbiWord, which is well worth trying.

Over 50 Must-Have Open Source Resources. While this post includes far more than just open source tools for writers, it includes many free tools that writers will love. These include desktop publishing applications, graphics apps you can integrate with your writing, tutorials for the OpenOffice applications and more.