A word processor especially for writers

Papel is a free word processing program especially developed for writers and authors. View full description


  • Simple and easy to use
  • A new way of organizing your writing
  • Auto-save
  • Good configuration options


  • Not very advanced from a technical point of view


Papel is a free word processing program especially developed for writers and authors.

It's a little complicated to get started with the Papel software, but once you do, it comes easily. Your first step should be to save a project. Then you right click to create papels, the individual pieces that make up your stories. These can be elements such as characters, plot outlines, dialogues or scenes, to name just a few. When you create a papel, the program will assign an icon and display it in the main interface.

To edit a papel, double click, or right-click for more options. You can move the icons around the Papel interface freely, which makes it easy to see how they relate to each other. As a word processor, Papel also works well. You'll have all the basic editing options you'd expect, like a choice of fonts, dictionaries, thesauruses and other options.

Papel has a few options that make it very useful - the main ones being an auto-save function and a back-up feature. You'll also be able to sort your papels by status, in other words, so you can easily see if they are approaching a final version, or if you're just getting started.

Papel is by no means revolutionary, but if you are a writer, then you should really take a look. Papel provides a more intuitive way of transferring your ideas from your head to the screen, while also giving you a view of your work that will allow you to see your story from a much more objective perspective.

Papel is a simple tool that might provide the change of perspective that your writing needs.

Papel is a great free-form tool for creative writers. It runs on the Windows platform, and allows you to write intuitively without logical tasks interfering with the flow of your ideas. Papel’s aim, unlike most other software, is simplicity and organization. It’s designed especially for keeping track of your brilliant ideas, thoughts, and snippets from first draft to last.

Features of the program:

  • Visual iconic representation of your writing, notes, etc.
  • Link-lines to easily show the flow of your creative work and ideas
  • Drag-and-drop interface for easy grouping of related pieces of work
  • Mouse grab - drag in the workspace area to move around your work quickly and easily
  • Individual icons for each piece of work eg., Chapter, Scene, Character, Plot Outline, Dialogue, etc.
  • Customisable Themes, with user defined papel types, icons, text and window colours
  • Simple papel naming system, with automatic file saving under the given name
  • Find and Replace, Word Count, Spell Check & Thesaurus in editor
  • Drag-and-drop to auto-create papels and auto-import text files
  • Global main type Word Count, and Find & Compile for project-wide searches
  • Timed Auto-save when editing text content
  • Back-up feature, with projects saved by name, date and time
  • Multi-size workspace area, with up to eight times your screen size
  • Configurable Editor font and size
  • Option to save Application and Editor window positions



Papel 6.10.20

User reviews about Papel

  • Kenisha7

    by Kenisha7

    "Helped a lot in my work!"

    I found it very helpful as it gave the option of separately saving work as chapter as well as giving facilities such as ... More.

    reviewed on January 26, 2015

  • PaulManes

    by PaulManes

    "Best software ever."

    I've been using this software since I was 17. It is simply AWESOME if you want to get into creative writing. It doesn't ... More.

    reviewed on January 5, 2013

  • HippyKitty

    by HippyKitty

    "Perfect for collecting ideas together. "

    This is like a mind map but with little icons marking the points of the map. I spent some time having fun with the theme... More.

    reviewed on October 25, 2010