Documentation Tools

Last updated: October 2, 2017 at 10:10 am

Tools to create and host documents of all types. Listed in alphabetical order

Ability Office
Compatible with Microsoft Office 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Atlantis Word Processor
Atlantis Word Processor has all the features you need to create simple documents or great works of literature: novels, essays, reports, letters, diaries, newspaper articles, etc.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor for Macs that is designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Please note that Bean is no longer being actively developed.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Dark Copy
DarkCopy is a simple, full-screen text editor for distraction free writing.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Desktop Author
DeskTop Author is ebook software that allows you to create and sell electronic publications including 3-D books
Cost: Free. |  Available: Hosted

DokuWiki is a simple to use Wiki aimed at the documentation needs of a small company.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Download

A place to host brochures, white papers, case studies, press releases, reports and user manuals.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Etherpad is a highly customizable open source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time.
Cost: Free. Open source  |  Available: Download

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Page flip digital books for on-line and off-line use
Cost: Commercial. Free.trial  |  Available: Download/Hosted

FlipViewer Xpress
Professional software which is designed to publish and deliver contents in an appealing 100% online page-turning format.
Cost: Commercial. Free.trial Available: Download

The Office Suite for working together online, offline, anywhere.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

The bridge between your PC and Google Docs.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

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Create and share documents  – individually or collaboratively.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 4 See more at

issuu gives anyone with digitally bound content the ability to upload and distribute their publications worldwide. In just minutes.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Free word processor based on the Microsoft WordPad word processing engine built into Windows.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; Its clean interface and its powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity.
Cost: Free. Open source  |  Available: Download

MadCap Flare
MadCap Flare allows you to create, manage and publish content to a variety of formats, including print, online, desktop and mobile.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

MeetingWords is a simple text editor for the web.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

The word processor for professional writers.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for Mac OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, LibreOffice documents, and simple Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

OpenOffice is a free office suite of tools to install on your desktop to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It is compatible with MS Office.
Cost: Free. Open source  |  Available: Download

Pages for Mac is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 145 See more at

PolyEdit is a powerful, multipurpose, yet easy-to-use word processor and text editor for Windows that is designed to satisfy the most demanding word processing requirements.
Cost: CommercialFree trial  |  Available: Download

Publisher is Microsoft’s desktop publishing tool.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Scribd is The World’s Largest Online Library.  Read, Publish, and Share Documents and Written Works.
Cost: Free and premiium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Open source desktop publishing.
Cost: Free. Open source |  Available: Download

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 135 See more at

Shutterborg is a free word processor that runs entirely in your web browser.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

SoftMaker Office
Are you looking for an office suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office, but also blazingly fast, reliable, and user-friendly? And should it be inexpensive, too?
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time.
Cost: Free and premium versions |  Available: Hosted (Download desktop launcher)

Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning word cloud.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Seamless online documentation via simple Internet access. Complete online productivity suite.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download/Hosted

Visme is the multi-tool you been waiting for. From one place create any type of visual content, including presentations, infographics and reports.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Microsoft Word is a popular and versatile word processing tool used for creating all kinds of paper-based materials. It is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download. Hosted (Office 365)
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 6  See more at

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 140  See more at

Writer is the fastest, distraction-free writing app around. It’s just you and your words.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Yeah Write
Yeah Write is the easy to use fill-in-the-blank word processor for the computer illiterate or for those business professionals that want to create a document quickly and easily, without having to worry about formatting.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Zoho Docs
Everything you need to effortlessly manage your documents online.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted