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Subject area: Arts, Humanities, Linguistics

Stage of research: Proposals & Dissertation


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    What open-source or free software do you find useful for dissertation writing?

    The last post came out without any breaks between paragraphs so I'm trying it again with HTML tags, I apologize if this doesn't work out.

    Here are my two favorites.

    Neomem is a great little note-taking program that lets you create a custom database very easily while also allowing a great deal of straight text entry (something most databases have trouble with). It is also extremely fast and stable. Unfortunately, the data import-export in the program is very limited, so don't use it for things like citations which you may need to move around from one program to another. Download it here.

    My new favorite program is Q10. This is a full-screen typewriter program. By full screen, I mean absolutely full screen. You can set it up so that the only thing you see on your screen is the text you are writing. No toolbars, no Windows start bar, no Firefox window just begging you to surf it! While it may not seem like a big deal, I have found that this helps me enormously to focus while writing. The program does not allow formatted text (just plain .txt files), so it likely isn't the program to use for writing good drafts of dissertation chapters. Download it here.

    Please reply to this post to the list your own favorite free software along with a description of what it does and how it is useful for dissertation writing.

    What open-source or free software do you find useful for dissertation writing?

    Here are my two favorites. Neomem is a great little note-taking program that lets you create a custom database very easily while also allowing a great deal of straight text entry (something most databases have trouble with). It is also extremely fast and stable. Unfortunately, the data import-export in the program is very limited, so don?t use it for things like citations which you may need to move around from one program to another. Download it here: http://www.neomem.org/ My new favorite program is Q10. This is a full-screen typewriter program. By full screen, I mean absolutely full screen. You can set it up so that the only thing you see on your screen is the text you are writing. No toolbars, no Windows start bar, no Firefox window just begging you to surf it! While it may not seem like a big deal, I have found that this helps me enormously to focus while writing. The program does not allow formatted text (just plain .txt files), so it likely isn?t the program to use for writing good drafts of dissertation chapters. Download it here: http://www.baara.com/q10/ Please reply to this post to the list your own favorite free software along with a description of what it does and how it is useful for dissertation writing.

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