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New project: marave, a relaxed text editor

An­nounce­men­t:

Mar­ave (noth­ing, in guaraní) is a re­laxed text ed­i­tor. Its goal is to let you fo­cus in your writ­ing, free of vis­ual dis­trac­tions and clut­ter.

It is writ­ten us­ing PyQt, so it should work in all ma­jor plat­form­s, and it is li­censed un­der the GPLv2 so it is free soft­ware.

You can find the cur­rent SVN (no re­lease yet) at http://­mar­ave.­google­code.­com

Screen­shot­s:

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Sta­tus:

It's not fin­ished yet, but it has the fol­low­ing fea­tures:

  • You can ed­it text

  • Min­i­­mal­is­tic, "van­ish­ing" us­er in­­ter­­face

  • (Op­­tion­al) au­­dio feed­back for the key­board

  • (Op­­tion­al) re­lax­ing mu­sic (re­quires in­­ter­net ac­cess)

  • You can cus­­tom­ize the back­­­ground, font, colours, and sounds

  • Live spell check­­ing (re­quires pyen­chan­t)

There are al­so some ma­jor miss­ing fea­tures:

  • Search and Search/Re­­place is not im­­ple­­men­t­ed

  • UI cus­­tomiza­­­tions are not stored

  • UI has to be cleaned up a lot more

  • It does­n't ask to save when clos­ing

  • Au­­tosave not im­­ple­­men­t­ed

And at least one known bug:

  • In win­­dows the wid­gets are not well placed Fixed in SVN

A litte his­to­ry:

A few days ago, I saw ommwrit­er men­tioned in a tweet or some­thing sim­i­lar.

I was think­ing "nice thing", but in the back of my mind I was al­so think­ing "that can't be too hard to do". Af­ter al­l, the hard part of cre­at­ing a pro­gram is mak­ing it do things, right?

Well, yes and no. I did man­age to cre­ate a some­what rea­son­able fac­sim­i­le in a day, but tweak­ing the looks of it is driv­ing me nuts :-)

Viktor Kerkez / 2010-01-28 23:50:

Maybe we should merge our projects :) http://bitbucket.org/teacup...

Roberto Alsina / 2010-01-28 23:56:

Looks nice, you don't need me :-)

Kerim Mansour / 2010-01-29 05:24:

Quite a lot of such editors around.
Gyounen, pyRoom, vanilla ... just to mention a few in Python.

But still.. good work. Looking forward to the progress you make.

Roberto Alsina / 2010-01-29 14:18:

You know, reinventing the wheel has such an undeserved bad reputation.

I bet there were lots of guys telling the wheel inventor to stop reinventing the log roller.

Kerim Mansour / 2010-01-30 14:00:

Hi Roberto,
i don't think reinventing the wheel has an undeserved bad reputation.
The interesting part is when you surpass the original design or build a new solution, just as your example with the wheel inventor demonstrates.

Don't get me wrong. I didn't say the work was worthless. I actually stated it is good work and i am interested to see what comes out of it during the next time. I also stated that there are already some programs for this. So for me the interesting part is to see where this editor brings in something new.

Roberto Alsina / 2010-01-30 16:02:

Sorry if I came too harshly :-)

What's new in this one:

* It is free
* It works in all desktop platforms (plus Maemo and S60, but that needs UI tweaking).

And even if it doesn't do anything different, it still achieves two worthy goals:

* It entertains me ;-)
* I learn stuff

stoolpigeon / 2010-01-29 14:53:

This is really nice. I'm going to start using it now.

Roberto Alsina / 2010-01-29 15:21:

I noticed you reported a bug immediately!

Please see if it's fixed now :-)

Roberto Alsina / 2010-02-06 12:05:

Some mentions of marave elsewhere:

"Marave, el Ommwriter para Linux": http://is.gd/7NLX9
"Interesting Text Editors": http://is.gd/7NMn0

Roberto Alsina / 2010-02-07 02:14:
Evan Bibbee / 2010-05-26 15:41:

Roberto,

I don't know if you are a Linux Journal subscriber, but I was prompted to try out Marave when I read about it in my newly-delivered issue of Linux Journal. It appears in John Knight's monthly column. Great work - thanks!

Best,
Evan

Roberto Alsina / 2010-05-26 17:13:

Sadly I can't find any references to marave in linux journal's site :-(

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