Software, Programs, and Apps for Roleplayers

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This is a brief list of programs, add-ons, and other relevant services roleplayers might find useful. These programs and add-ons are often useful outside of just roleplaying, too! But they can really help super-charge your roleplaying — whether that’s creating graphics for your characters or actually writing your RP posts.


  • The GIMP is a reasonable alternative to Photoshop.
  • InkScape is a reasonable alternative to Illustrator.
  • Pixlr is a web/app alternative photo editor.
  • TinyPNG and TinyJPG help you optimize images.

Image Hosts

Alternative Text Editors

If you’re still coding in Notepad, stop! For your own sanity, I implore you.

Alternative Office Programs

It may help you to write your posts in a typical word processing environment.



Browser Add-Ons


ColorZilla is available for Firefox and Chrome, and allows you to pull colors directly from a webpage. This is useful in a chat or IM environment, but also saves time in that you don’t have to screenshot and eyedropper the screenshot anymore.