Documentation Tools

Last updated: November 21, 2019 at 19:07 pm

Tools to create and host documents of all types. Listed in alphabetical order.
means is on the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019.

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

Apple Pages
Pages is powerful word processing that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download for Macs
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 165
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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

Drafts lets you turn text into action – it’s a quick notebook, handy editor, and writing automation tool, all in one.
Cost: Free  |  Availability: Download app
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 197
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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
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 120
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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

Google Docs
Create and share documents  – individually or collaboratively.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 6
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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

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

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 2019: 7 
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Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

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