Writing is a difficult job at the best of times, and writing technical manuals can be a headache if you have the wrong software. There’s plenty of tools out there that make the job of writing so much easier, so you should give them a try. Here are some of the best tools out there for tech writing and review.
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Thanks to the internet, there are lots of tools that you can use in your everyday work. They’re designed to make your job easier and quicker to do in the process. When there are so many out there though, how do you know which one is the best one for you to use? Here are some of the best tools out there, which you should try out right now.
However, writing in this specific niche, there’s a tonne of things you’ll have to remember. Accuracy is key and writing to style and tone that your customer base will engage with is essential. To give you a helping hand, here is a list of tools to help make your life and work easier, more efficient and more productive.
10 best tech writing tools and software
1. Focus Writer
Is keeping focused a problem for you? Then you may want to keep an eye on this tool. It’s an app that you download onto your PC or Mac, and it blocks out noise from anything else running on the machine. It really does help you focus on the task at hand, instead of Twitter or other distractions. Visit Focus Writer.
Markdown is a popular writer of choice, thanks to the innovative way it helps you blend features together for publication online. If you find writing in Markdown distracting though, this is the tool for you. It cuts down on distractions rather than features, meaning it’s much easier to get the job done. Visit WriteMonkey.
This tool is designed for those working in life sciences or tech and manufacturing industries. The unique features it gives you help you cut down on writing time, and spend more time working with others to achieve your goals. Visit Author-It.
There’s a lot to be said for Microsoft Office, but you can’t get away from the fact that it costs a large sum of money now just for Word alone. If you want the functionality but hate the price, then this tool is for you. It gives you all the features you need, but thanks to its open source status it’s free to use. Visit LibreOffice.
5. State Of Writing
This collection of writing and grammar resources is popular for a reason. Used the world over, their easy to use suggestions are the default for many writers. The appeal of these resources is the ease of sharing with others who will more than likely have them too. Visit State Of Writing.
If you want a granular amount of control over your writing, then this is the tool you want to use. It gives you a lot of control over what and how you write, so you can create writing that’s just right for you. Visit UltraEdit.
7. Easy Word Counter
Nobody likes to read pages of content that could have been summarised in a few hundred words. Track your word count in real-time using this free online tool. Also, it highlights mistakes, so it could be used as a basic proofreader. Visit Easy Word Counter.
This tool is designed for writers that want a better way to publish their writing online. If you’re looking for a way to make your writing look good as well as read well, this is the tool for you. Visit Scribus.
Writing in Microsoft Word can be useful, but it can be hard to translate that writing into something readers can use. This tool helps you publish Word documents into formats that are more accessible and usable to readers. It’s a tool that is easily used and can make a huge difference to your readership. Visit Doc-To-Help.
This is a mind mapping tool that can help you get your ideas together before you start writing. It’s one of the best ways to plan your writing before you get started. Visit Freemind.
These ten tools will help you get the most out of your writing, and get it seen by a wider audience. Give them a try and see how your writing improves.
This is a guest post by Jennifer Scott.
Jennifer works as online editor at Best Australian Writers (http://bestaustralianwriters.com/). Also, she is a business developer that works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing. Prior to business developing Jennifer was consultant at Deloitte, and managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions.