Linux Apps for Writers


  • Syncthing

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... BSD Self-Hosted Cloudron Website

    Use it to sync your documents across devices via 2p2, without the need for cloud storage.

     

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  • Typora

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live preview feature to help you concentrate the content itself.

    It has features of:

    1. Markdown support including tables, code fences with syntax highlight, LaTeX, Table of Contents.
    2. Cross-platform.
    3. The real live preview and WYSIWYG features.
    4. Beautiful interface and Custom CSS theme support.
    5. Easy export

    Typora will only be free during its Beta period. When it gets out of Beta, it will be a paid app.

     

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  • yWriter

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine Mono Website

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

     

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  • Markdown

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

    Thus, “Markdown” is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

     

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  • Taskwarrior

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Taskwarrior is an ambitious project bringing sophisticated capabilities to a simple and elegant productivity tool. You'll find it has customizable reports, charts, GTD features, Lua extensions, device synching and more, all while our international team provides excellent support!

     

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  • Todo.txt

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Website

    Track your tasks and projects in a plain text file, todo.txt. A todo.txt is software and operating system agnostic; it's searchable, portable, lightweight and easily manipulated.

     

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  • draw.io

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS ... Self-Hosted Chrome Website

    draw.io is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or registration are required and features include the ability to save locally (including svg), a range of stencils, .vsdx, Lucidchart and Gliffy import and real time diagram sharing.

     

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  • Org mode

    Free Mac Windows Linux GNU Emacs Website

    Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.

     

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  • Nulis

    Freemium Windows Linux Web Website

    Tree editor for writers, makes outlining your stories and articles easy, fun, and convenient.

     

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  • VOoM

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    created by
    Vlad Irnov

    script type
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    description
    VOoM (Vim Outliner of Markups) is a plugin for Vim that emulates a two-pane text outliner.

    Home page: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=2657
    GitHub mirror: https://github.com/vim-voom/VOoM
    Screenshots and an animation: https://vim-voom.github.io/
    Bug reports, questions, requests: https://github.com/vim-voom/vim-voom.github.com/issues
    Supplementary Materials: https://github.com/vim-voom/VOoM_extras

    VOoM was originally written to work with start fold markers with level numbers, that is {{{1, {{{2, {{{3, etc. This is the most versatile outline markup -- it is suitable for organizing all kinds of files, including the source code, and it allows features not possible with other markups. (See :help fold-marker. Markers are specified by option 'foldmarker'. End fold markers with levels, }}}3, }}}2, etc. are not supported.)

    VOoM can currently handle >20 markup formats that have headlines and support an outline structure, including popular lightweight markup languages such as reST, Markdown, Pandoc, AsciiDoc, Org-mode, Wiki, LaTeX, etc. (Headlines are also called headings, headers, section headers, titles.)

     

  • Manuskript

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

     

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  • Wasavi

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Vivaldi Browser ... Chrome Opera Firefox Website

    wasavi is an extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox. wasavi transforms TEXTAREA element of any page into a VI editor, so you can edit the text in VI. wasavi supports almost all VI commands and some ex commands.

     

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  • WriteMonkey

    Freemium Windows Website

    Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

     

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  • Dropbox

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows S Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Worlds leading online storage and file sync service. You get 2GB free. Apps for all major platforms.

     

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  • Neovim

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Website

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to:

    Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions.
    Split the work between multiple developers.
    Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source.
    Improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.

     

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  • calibre

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    Calibre can sort the books in your library by title, author, date added, date published, size, rating, or series, along with extra metadata such as tags and personal comments. You can easily search your book collection for a particular book, based on any of this information. Calibre can also go onto the internet to find online books based on existing title/author or ISBN information.

    In addition, Calibre also:
    -syncs to your ebook reader
    -downloads news from the internet and converts it into ebook form
    -offers a ebook viewer that can display all major ebook formats

    Features:

    Library Management
    E-book conversion
    Syncing to e-book reader devices
    Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
    Built-in e-book viewer
    Content server for online access to your book collection
    E-book editor for the major e-book formats

     

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  • Tomboy

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day.

    FEATURES

    • Highlighting text
    • Inline spell checking
    • Auto-linking web & email addresses
    • Undo/redo
    • Font styling & sizing
    • Bulleted lists
    • Note synchronization across several computers
    • Backup and Recovery

     

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  • Sync.com

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad Website

    Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from everywhere - your privacy guaranteed. Get 5GB free or 500GB Pro account for $49/yr.

     

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  • Simplenote

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Made by the company behind Small WordPress iconWordPress, Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. It just works. Your notes are synced across your devices when you create, add to or change them.

    Registration is required but the app and service are free.

     

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  • Tusk

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Tusk is an unofficial, featureful, open source, community-driven, free Evernote app.

     

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  • TreeSheets

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    A "hierarchical spreadsheet" that is a great replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases.

     

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  • proselint

    Free Linux Website

    "Writing is notoriously hard, even for the best writers, and it's not for lack of good advice — a tremendous amount of knowledge about the craft is strewn across usage guides, dictionaries, technical manuals, essays, pamphlets, websites, and the hearts and minds of great authors and editors. But poring over Strunk & White hardly makes one a better writer — it turns you into neither Strunk nor White. And nobody has the capacity to apply all the advice from Garner’s Modern American Usage, a 975-page usage guide, to everything they write. In fact, the whole notion that one becomes a better writer by reading advice on writing rests on untenable assumptions about learning and memory. The traditional formats of knowledge about writing are thus essentially inert, waiting to be transformed.

    "We devised a simple solution: proselint, a linter for English prose. (A linter is a computer program that, like a spell checker, scans through a document and analyzes it.)

    "proselint places the world’s greatest writers and editors by your side, where they whisper suggestions on how to improve your prose. You’ll be guided by advice inspired by Bryan Garner, David Foster Wallace, Chuck Palahniuk, Steve Pinker, Mary Norris, Mark Twain, Elmore Leonard, George Orwell, Matthew Butterick, William Strunk, E.B. White, Philip Corbett, Ernest Gowers, and the editorial staff of the world’s finest literary magazines and newspapers, among others. Our goal is to aggregate knowledge about best practices in writing and to make that knowledge immediately accessible to all authors in the form of a linter for prose.

    "proselint is a command-line utility that can be integrated into existing tools."

     

  • ultra_outliner

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    The card-based outlining software for screenwriters, novelists and all story writers.

     

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  • Evil

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD GNU Emacs Website

    Evil is an extensible vi layer for Emacs. It emulates the main features of Vim, and provides facilities for writing custom extensions.

     

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  • AbiWord

    Free Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku GTK+ ... AmigaOS Website

    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.0 (through its Cygnix X11 engine), and other operating systems. Multilingual Portable version (15MB installed) from http://portableapps.com/apps/office/abiword_portable .

     

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  • TV Tropes

    Free Web Website

    TV Tropes is a wiki that collects and expands descriptions and examples on various conventions and devices (tropes) found within creative works.

     

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  • mermaid

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted ... JavaScript Node.JS Website

    An easy tool for generating diagrams and flowcharts from text in a similar manner as markdown.

     

  • LyX

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    LyX is a document processor. It combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX, an advanced typesetting system, with the ease of use of a graphical interface.

    Although in some respects its user interface resembles that of conventional word processors (MS Word, OpenOffice, etc.), LyX uses LaTeX to process its documents and generate the final output. It can thus be used for writing LaTeX documents the easy way.

     

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  • Vivaldi Browser

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    A browser for our friends. Fast, feature rich and highly customizable that puts the users first.

     

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  • FocusWriter

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during your next writing session, and has many other features that make it such that only one thing matters: your writing.

     

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  • Artha

    Free Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    Artha is a handy thesaurus based on WordNet with distinct features like global hotkey look-up, passive desktop notifications, regular expression based search, etc.. Artha may be used as a free open-source replacement to the proprietary WordWeb Pro.

     

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  • StackEdit

    Free Web Chrome OS Website

    StackEdit is a free, open-source Markdown editor based on PageDown, the Markdown library used by Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange sites.

     

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  • pandoc

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Pandoc is a Haskell library for converting from one markup format to another, and a command-line tool that uses this library.

    If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Need to generate a man page from a markdown file? No problem. LaTeX to Docbook? Sure. HTML to MediaWiki? Yes, that too. Pandoc can read markdown and (subsets of) reStructuredText, HTML, and LaTeX, and it can write plain text, markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, LaTeX, ConTeXt, PDF, RTF, DocBook XML, OpenDocument XML, ODT, GNU Texinfo, MediaWiki markup, groff man pages, EPUB ebooks, and S5 and Slidy HTML slide shows. PDF output (via LaTeX) is also supported with the included markdown2pdf wrapper script.

     

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  • GoldenDict

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android Website

    GoldenDict is an open-source dictionary program for PC computers that gives translations of words and phrases for different languages. It allows use of several popular dictionary file formats simultaneously.

    A free, ad-sponsored, mobile version is available for Android devices. It fully supports Lingvo, Babylon, StarDict, Lingoes and Dictd dictionary files.

     

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  • Atom

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell Website

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century.

    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

     

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  • Zettlr

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Write Markdown documents with a comprehensive GUI and many workflow/time management tools.

     

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  • Spacemacs

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Spacemacs is an beautiful Emacs distribution designed for both Small GNU Emacs iconGNU Emacs and Small Vim iconVim users.

    Features

    • Access documentation in Emacs with SPC h SPC.
    • Beautiful, distraction free UI and its functional mode-line.
    • All key bindings are accessible by pressing the space bar or alt-m.
    • Commands have mnemonic prefixes like SPC b for all the buffer commands or SPC p for the project commands.
    • Discover hundreds of ready-to-use packages nicely organised in configuration layers following a set of conventions.

     

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  • (Un)colored

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Next generation desktop rich content editor that saves documents with themes. HTML & Markdown compatible.

     

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  • ghostwriter

    Free Windows Linux Website

    ghostwriter is a Windows and Linux text editor for Markdown, which is a plain text markup format created by John Gruber. For more information about Markdown, please visit John Gruber’s website at https://daringfireball.net/ .

     

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  • Sublime Text

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.

    Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free without an expiration time limit, however a license must be purchased for continued use.

     

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  • Vim

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku ... OpenSolaris Website

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.

     

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  • Haroopad

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did. Haroopad gives you same experiences in editing regardless of the platform you are working on. It runs on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

     

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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Firefox Website

    Joplin is an open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. It can sync with multiple devices on desktop and mobile.

     

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  • WPS Writer

    Freemium Windows Linux Website

    WPS Writer, part of Small WPS Office iconWPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Small Microsoft Office Word iconMicrosoft Office Word , and can read and edit DOC and DOCX formats. This allows you to freely transfer your office documents between Microsoft Word and WPS Writer.

    The version 2013 is available for free with the name Kingsoft Writer Free 2013.

     

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  • LibreOffice - Writer

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS Website

    Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

    It's simple enough for a quick memo, but powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message, while Writer will make it look great.

     

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  • Turtl

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet ... Self-Hosted Chrome Firefox Website

    Whether it's bookmarks or passwords, files or shopping lists...Turtl organizes it all and makes it easy to find later. Sync across your devices. Leave nothing behind.

    Turtl uses high-end cryptography to protect your data. Whether you're worried about information leaks, competitive advantage, or blanket government surveillance, Turtl works hard to make sure only you, and those you choose, can see your data.

    Just because Turtl is secure and private doesn't mean you can't share with your teammates or family. Choose who you want to have access to your data without compromising your security.

     

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