Free Writing Programs
OpenOffice– (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux); Specifically what you are looking for here is Writer. It’s a full featured word processor.
FreeMind– (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux); Mind mapping software
KeyNote– (Windows); Organizes your notes
yWriter– (Windows); A word processing program with a few extras.
Stickies– (Windows); Virtual Post It notes
Collanos Workplace (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux); Synchronizes information between multiple computers or users.
Sonar– (Windows); Tracks submissions
Free Alternatives to Photoshop
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