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    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.2, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    TextMaker

    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice. It's available for free included in the FreeOffice suite. It runs lean (using around 12MB of RAM on my...

    Freemium Windows Linux Windows Mobile Android Android Tablet

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    Free Mac iPhone iPad

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    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    OmniOutliner

    OmniOutliner is a start-to-finish writing app. Perfect for collecting information, outlining Big Ideas, adding structure to any sort of writing, and much more. From grocery lists to email drafts to long-form composition. Write ...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Freemium Mac Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Commercial Mac

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    Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

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    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Commercial Mac iPad

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    Free Mac

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    Nimble Writer

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    Commercial Windows Steam

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    Online word processor and organizer for novel writing. Includes detailed, novel-specific statistics, chapter reorganization, and the ability to export your novel.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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    Commercial Windows

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    One Software, many uses. Use as a Notes Organizer, Outliner for writers, Clipboard tool, Research & Study tool, Todo list, Text Calendar, more. Visit the web site and see a presentation to learn how an outlining list helps you.

    Commercial Windows

True Novelist Comments

needs offline support

Comment by lindasanders
about True Novelist May 2016

True Novelist is a truly interesting program with some nifty features, Grammarly support, and simple formatting tools. However, without offline support, it's useless in places without internet. Google Docs has seamless offline functionality, which makes it absolutely preferable over TN. On top of that, I've experienced quaky server availability from TN, so even when connected, writing is an intermittent and frustrating endeavor. Fix the server and enable offline, and I'll be back.

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