What are the best software tools for writing books?
Here are a few freeware programs that I've seen rmended by fiction writers and NaNoWriMo participants yWriter () - This is basically a word processor but it allows you to work on chapters and scenes as individual units of writing which can be easily rearranged and reorganized. You basically begin a novel project and add chapters and scenes. You can include descriptions of each scene the characters and locations involved etc. for easy reference. The interface is simple and intuitive. Some writers use it topose their entire novels; I mostly use it for outlining and find it very useful. n Storybook () - Another popular choice for open source software though I haven't tried this one. The interface looks a bit clunkier but it looks like they have neat charts and different ways of laying out your project if you're a visual sort of person. From the website Store all information about your characters and locations in one place. Then use the included Storybook features for managing chapters scenes characters and locations items and tags. A simple interface is provided to enable you to assign your defined characters locations items and tags to each scene and to keep an overview of your work with user-friendly chart tools. n nThese two are the most popular free writing programs that I'm aware of. Here are a few more that might be useful depending on your needs LitLift () - An online writing program which likewise plots scenes characters locations descriptions etc. It looks like the idea is to outline and organize writing projects rather than to serve as a writing processor. They have some extra tools like a character name generator. LitLift is a free online novel writing application built to help you research store and organize the information you'll need to write your novel. n n FreeMind () - a really cool freeware mind-mapping program that allows you visually plot characters relationships and plot elements. Great for brainstorming and keeping track of things if you like seeing visual connections. (There are lots of other similar andpatible mind-mapping tools.) n Blurb Booksmart () - I don't think this is exactly novel-writing software (more a self-publishing tool) but it could be a neat way to design the layout of your work and see what it would look like if published. You don't have to pay anything to just use the software. nIf you need some distraction-free tools to keep focus here are a couple really simple onesn FocusWriter () - Don't let the black screen with green font in the video scare you off; you can set up different themes and colors. FocusWriter is a simple distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen allowing the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work. n n PenZen () - Literally just a an empty browser page with two save buttons. Awesome. nHere are a few websites that list a bunch of open source tools for writers including writing software dictionaries and spell check story outlining and mapping etc. moreprehensivelyn
What is the best writing software to write Kindle books?
I use either Word or LibreOffice topose my work and do all the word-processing. It important to use Styles properly when using any program but in particular these two when youre sending them off to a different program for ebook formatting. I create new styles from scratch and title them with unique names (rather than just header 1 header 2 etc which already exist in Word) because I heard that sometimes the existing styles with the pre-determined naming conventions can get confused by KDP. (This may not be but since it so easy to create new styles I just make my own.) At minimum I use a heading style a first paragraph style (first paragraphs in chapters aren ed) a body paragraph style a centered- style an italic character style and a character style. For non fiction that has sub chapters or other kinds of formatting needs you might need to set up more than these styles. If you don know what styles are here a quick tutorial for Word s If you don use styles and instead use local formatting (for example highlighting the and clicking on the word processor italic icon) youre more likely to have formatting errors in your ebook. Consider yourself warned. Once I have my document written and styled I fire up Jutoh . Ive used other programs like Calibre and Scrivener but Ive gotten the best cleanest results with Jutoh so I stick with that one. You can give KDP a Word file (styled correctly!) and KDP will format it for you but I prefer to have more control over the final project. By using Jutoh I can check to make sure that the table of contents is the way that I like it. I can correct any formatting that didn translate correctly from Word within the Jutoh program or I can correct it in Word and open the corrected Word document in Jutoh again. I hope this helps!
What are some nice alternatives to Excel for data wrangling and data analysis?
Actually I still use Excel for data wrangling especially when I have small quantities of data or when Im importing it from PDF table where there is an need of lots of manual cleaning. On my Linuxputer I don have Excel and use LibreOffice s instead what is basically the same but free. I don like VBA and Im not willing to get too much into. There is XLWings s that provide Python interaction with Excel. I tested Google Sheet s instead of Excel coupled with Colaboratory s Google Jupyter notebook freely available on the cloud. I often work with CSV source files and directly browse it in a Jupyter Notebook s with Pandas s and correct the errors with Python or manually with a editor. If the data has to be reused for other purpose I may transfer it into a SQL database like SQLite s or PostgreSQL s . Im mainly working on metallurgy related products currently and I did not have to deal with so big datasets. For datasets where Excel of CSV files are not enough Microsoft propose nice tools in Visual Studio and Azure data studio coupled with SQL server. Another tool that we cannot forget is Tableau s . I would definitly rend it for data analysis and visualmunication rather than Excel. it is a very powerfull tool for extremly quick creation of nice graphics fromplex datasets. Although I played with the free version I have to say that I choose not to buy a licence because Python is powerfull and easy enough for me. But this tool is definitly better than Excel.
How can one get mac office 2016 for free?
Office for Mac 216 is not free so in order to get it to free you would need to either be gifted it or steal it. I got it for free because mypany bought the licenses. Many schools bundle it with your tuition. Those still aren't really free because you are providing something of value in exchange or goods (work or tuition). The only way to get it for free is to get someone to give it to you as a gift. Add it to a wish list. Stealing it is much more difficult because Office now exists on a subscription model.
Is it possible to get Microsoft Word on a Mac for free?
Yes and no. As a few answers pointed out Microsoft does make their Office suite (including Word and Excel) available on macOS for a cost. So if that is what you were looking for then the previous answers got it right. However if you were wondering if you can view MS Word files on your Mac without having to buy MS Office the answer is probably. All modern Macse with iWork (Apple office suite). The word processor in iWork called Pages can open .doc or .docx files. As long as the file is a basic MS Word file Pages will open it without an issue. If it a reallyplex one then Pages may convert parts of it wrong. Even if you don have iWork TextEdit can even open .docx files but it really has to basic for TextEdit to get it all right. If Pages doesn cut it you can always download LibreOffice for free and it does a better job of converting .doc and .docx files than Pages does.
How can I download MS Office for a MacBook Air for free?
Microsoft office is not a free tool you need to pay. Nowadays it is provided as subscription based service. As an alternative you can use numbers pages keynote. They provide all essential features as MS office and run faster on the Mac. Also it is free and all updates are free. Nice interface you can create save and open .xls xlsx files. If you are going to use high end features in Excel MS office the way to go. It has pivot tables and similar statistical tools which are good in Excel which are not available in other spreadsheet tools. I used my MacBook for engineering and MBA. But Numbers pages and keynote were enough for me.
Is Linux the poor man's Mac, or do Linux's users really think differently?
No not at all. In fact I can see how theyre even objectivelyparable except that both are operating systems. People who use desktop Linux are generally people looking for additional control over their user experience or greater privacy or both. Thises at the cost of a steeper learning curve and ipatibility with a lot of popular desktop software. The free and open source (FOSS)munity has responded to these issues by creating Linux distributions that are easier to learn and FOSS software programs that can serve as a substitute for proprietary titles such as LibreOffice for MS Office GIMP instead of Photoshop Scribus instead of InDesign and so on. For a lot of people the FOSS alternatives are good enough and sometimes better than that. Ive been processing photos for work to be printed in a newspaper using GIMP for five years. Windows has maximum hardwarepatibility and the largest catalog of available software and its reliability is very good these days with the exception of its clunky update system. Apple macOS gets high marks for ease of use reliability and because it only runs on Apple hardware it has 1 percent hardwarepatibility but at the trade-off of a high cost of ownership. Both of these systems attempt to impose their own user interface standards and software ecosystem on the end-user which is not something most Linux users have to deal with. Peopleparing Linux with macOS are often under the impression that theyre based on the same system and this is John Cate's answer to Is it that Mac OS is basically just a pretty Linux? s Apple system was based on an operating system called NeXTstep (or NEXTSTEP) created in the 198s and running off a hybrid kernel variant of BSD Mach a system that meets the Single Unix Specification (SUS). Linux is based on a re-implementation of a monolithic Unix kernel independently developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and opened-sourced so anyone could work on it. Torvalds still administers Linux kernel development today. It doesn meet the SUS so while macOS is a form of Unix Linux is considered Unix-like. I have worked on Windows on both classic Mac OS and the modern OS X and with many different forms of Linux. I don mind using any of them but I haven chosen Linux for myself because it free. (I can get any of them for free anyway and I know enough to make my own Hackintosh if I wanted to.) I just like the freedom over myputing experience that Linux affords me and which I can get on Windows or macOS. The fact that Linux is free as in beer is great but that fact that it free as in freedom is why I choose it. Linux with FOSS software alternatives to proprietary software titles runningLibreOffice (MS Office) GIMP (Photoshop) and VLC (Windows Media Player). All three are available on Windows as well. italic
I want to go about publishing a free e-book. Where do I start?
If you've got some cash pick up a copy of Scrivener or Jutoh. Format your work export it to ePub. Jutoh Jutoh Ebook Editor For Windows Mac and Linux. Create Epub and Kindle books Epub Converter For Mac And PC Epub Software For Mac And PC Epub Creator For Mac And PC Kindle Epub Editor Software iPad Epub Creator Software Mobipocket Ebooks Editor Software Scrivener Literature and Latte - Scrivener Writing Software If you're looking to do it for no cash outlay then pick up a copy of LibreOffice install the Writer2ePub extension format your work and export it to ePub. LibreOffice Free Office Suite Writer2ePub Writer2ePub