If you are operating on a tight budget… or you would simply like to keep your operating costs low? Here is a list of free software for authors and screenwriters.
OpenOffice Writer — If you want to use a word processor similar to Microsoft Word – but without the cost – try the free OpenOffice Writer. You can read and save files in multiple formats including OpenOffice’s format as well as Word format. You can also covert your document into fully-featured PDFs with security, clickable Tables of Contents etc. For PC & Mac.
yWriter — This is a free novel-writing application that you can use to write your next story. It’s “a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create.” For PC.
Storybook — This is another novel-writing application for creative writers, novelists and authors. For PC.
WordPress — For blogging, it is hard to beat WordPress. Either your web host will offer it with an easy install option or you can download it free and install it yourself.
CutePDF — This software will allow you to convert documents into PDF format. The free version will meet many writer’s needs. For PC.
Mobipocket Creator — To convert your document into Mobi format, which is readable on the Amazon Kindle, you can use MobiPocket Creator. You can convert from PDF, Word and text files. For PC.
Calibre — When it comes to converting between ebook formats you really must consider using Calibre. For PC & Mac.
Gimp — Do you want to make your own ebook cover images but you don’t want to pay for an expensive image editing package? Check out Gimp. For PC & Mac.
FileZilla — If you are working with electronic documents it won’t be long before you need to transfer files via FTP to or from a server. FileZilla will help you do this. ForPC & Mac.
7-Zip — Do you need a way to bundle files or unzip them? This is a free zipping/unzipping utility similar to WinZip. For PC.
AND Celtx - http://www.celtx.com/index.html — Celtx helps you produce all types of media — film, video, documentary, theatre, novels, machinima, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, podcasts, and however else you choose to tell your story. You can use Celtx for the entire production process — write scripts, storyboard scenes and sequences, sketch setups, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements, schedule productions, and prepare and circulate informative reports forcast and crew.