Writing tools — what works best for you

Posted by Communique at 1:06 PM on Jun 25, 2019

Creating written content, whether for personal projects or for a business, can feel intimidating to start. One big stumbling block can even be with what kind of word processor or program you use. Which one is the right one? Well, here are some of the most popular:

  • Microsoft Office – the classic they might say. Microsoft Office has been around since Windows has been around, and it’s safe to say that the software hasn’t changed that much, making it a great tool to get started with, and comes packed with tons of features not supported by other writing program variants. Your only catch is having to buy a product key OR joining a programme which offers it for free.

  • Apache OpenOffice – one of the original open-source freeware alternatives to Microsoft Office. Apache has been around for a while, and while not super versatile, it still offers all of the basics you could ever need from word processing software. It’s only major downside is not offering native support for .doc/.docx files which makes it harder to edit with.

  • Libre Office – branching out as a fork from Apache OpenOffice, Libre Office will feel right at home for people more comfortable with Microsoft Office. It features a larger base of volunteer developers, meaning it has more frequent software updates and also features wider support for other formats (most importantly .doc/.docx support!). It also offers many free plugins and templates to work from.

  • Google Documents – sometimes looked over in favour of downloadable desktop clients, but Google Docs is no less powerful and versatile a tool. It essentially acts as a basic, cloud-oriented version of Microsoft Office. The most attractive thing about Google Docs is the cloud based nature of its service, essentially allowing you to work from anywhere and everywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

Chances are you already use one of these, and in that case, don’t feel like you have to move on or ‘diversify.’ All of these tools work with their own perks, and as long as they’re helping you create the content you need, that’s all that matters.