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Useful Tools for Technical Writers – Part I

This post is the first in a series with the aim to introduce tools that are:

  • useful for technical, professional and business writers
  • accessible online
  • easy to use, and
  • free.

Each tool is described briefly and accompanied by a screenshot that shows the tool ‘in action’.

Note: Tools are introduced in no particular order.

1. FreeMind

FreeMind is an open-source tool.  It is a mind-mapping software that allows you to create electronic mind maps.  A mind map is a diagram that you can use to represent words, ideas, tasks, content structures, etc.  It allows you to:

  • structure your information using branches and groupings
  • connect related portions of the information, and
  • name groups of information.

This relates to the information mapping principles of chunking, relevance and labelling.

As a writer, you can use FreeMind to analyse and plan the structure of your document or your website content.

FreeMind

FreeMind is easy to download.

2. Writeboard – Write, share, revise, compare.

Writeboard is a collaborative writing software.  It makes editing a document a safe and easy process as it creates a new version every time the user saves an edit.  Writeboard is not meant to produce the final, formatted document; rather you would use it during the writing process, particularly if you are collaborating with multiple writers. This can be particularly useful if you include your audiences in the writing process.

Writeboard

Writeboard works with Internet Explorer 6.x, Safari, or Firefox.

3. Stickies

Stickies is an electronic version of post-it notes.  Stickies can store text or images.  You can attach them to a web site, document or folder.  You can also set an alarm to a sticky if you want to be reminded of your note at a certain point in time.

Stickies

Stickies is a useful tool if you get lost in all your physical post-it notes (or they get lost on you).

Stickies is easy to download.

Final word

If you want more information or need help with any of these tools, drop us a line.  Alternatively, if you know any awesome tools we should be blogging about, tell us.

Happy tooling!
Dorit

August 6, 2010 at 1:55 am Leave a comment


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