Open Source Tools for Writers

The Writer's Toolbox

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Article from Issue 220/2019

When it comes to writing, using the right tools can free you up to focus on your content.

Sooner or later, open source development comes to every field, and tools for working writers are no exception. However, if you search for the topic, you will find the lists of writing tools are full of apps that are no longer in development and have been dropped from most distributions.

Accordingly, here is a list of useful writing apps that are still available as of late 2018. Some have been around for a long time, while others are newer and little known.


Over the last two decades, over half a dozen tools for brainstorming have been released. However, if the proprietary ones are ignored, few free-licensed ones have survived. Technically, BrainDump [1] is one of the casualties, having been removed from Calligra 3.0, apparently because of a lack of developers.


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