Writing, of course, requires a few tools. I have a few essentials in my writer’s toolbox, and I’d like to share them with you.
1. Libre Office: This program bills itself as “[A] powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. Libre Office includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market.” And although it is indeed a suite of tools, I only have experience with Libre Office Writer (the word processor). It’s a full-functional word processor that uses the OpenDocument Format (ODF), a fully open and ISO standardized file format that guarantees access to your data forever. (You can, of course, encrypt your documents with a password.) Because ODF is standardized, other office software can implement support for it as well – and many programs have done so. By using ODF, you ensure that your data can be transferred between different computers and operating systems, without having to worry about vendor lock-in or license fees. You can also save your documents in Microsoft Word format (which you can also read in Writer), or export them as PDF files.
2. Pages: Pages is Apple’s word processor for iOS and MacOS. “Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create documents that look beautiful and read beautifully. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud.” That last bit—about being able to use Pages on iCloud—was new to me, and will make my life a lot easier, since it eliminates the workaround I describe in yesterday’s post. Yes, you could say I’m definitely a Happy Camper! Oh, one small hitch—it doesn’t work very well with Firefox, so you’ll need to use either Safari (which is no longer supported on Windows) or the Chrome browser.
3. Open Live Writer: “Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.” This was developed from Windows Live Writer when Microsoft decided to abandon any further development of that product. Open Live Writer is provided under a MIT license..
This is my go-to blogging tool. I use it on WordPress. Blogger, and my own independently-hosted blog.
4. Scrivener: I can’t adequately review Scrivener because it’s so many things to so many people. The best I can do is urge you to hop on over to their website and check it out for yourself. It’s available for Windows, MacOS, and iOS. You can download an evaluation copy to try before you decide if it’s worth purchasing. That’s what I did, and yes, I bought a licensed copy. It was written by writers for writers, so it isn’t just another programmer’s idea of what a writing program should be. I have it on my Windows laptop as well as my iPhone and iPad.
BlogTouch Pro (for Blogspot Blogger), and BlogTouch Pro (for WordPress) live on my iPad, along with the official WordPress app. All are available on the Apple App Store.
And even though BlogPad Pro is no longer being developed, it will always remain my favorite blogging app on either my iPad or iPhone.
What are your favorite writing tools? Drop me a line in the comments section and I’ll gladly check them out.