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2010-02-21 21:49

Marave 0.6 is out

Version 0.6 of Marave, my peaceful, fullscreen text editor is now available at the usual place: http://marave.googlecode.com

New stuff:

  • Syntax highlighter
  • Plugins
  • Bugs fixed
  • Nicer animations
  • Code cleanup

Gratuitous screenshot:

2010-02-12 22:25

Marave 0.5 is out!

Just uploaded Marave 0.5 to the usual place. Marave is a relaxed, fullscreen text editor that tries not to distract you.

It even includes a simple music player just so you don't have to think about switching to another application!

This release has several bugs fixed, and looks a bit nicer.

The main new feature is ... internationalizacion. It now includes a spanish translation only, but if you want to help translating it to any other language, please step forward!

There are only 60 phrases to translate, so it shouldn't be more than one hour of work.

Here's a screenshot of this release:

marave7

Marave is free software under the GPLv2, and should work on any platform where PyQt works, which means Windows, Mac, and Unix-like operating systems, at least.

2010-02-04 19:58

Marave 0.1 released, please test!

The first "good" version of Marave my relaxing text editor is out!

What is Marave?

Marave is an editor that doesn't distract you. It has a fullscreen interface, and most of the time, while you write, you will only see your text, and maybe a background:

marave1

Of course it is also quite configurable:

marave2

Some of the features:

  • Custom backgrounds (images or colors)
  • Font and font size are configurable
  • Resizeable editor of configurable opacity
  • "Vanishing" UI, when you tipe, it all goes away
  • Optional media player (right now aimed at streaming audio, maybe soundscapes someday)
  • Optional audio feedback for the keyboard (just in case you miss the old typewriter)
  • Theme support
  • Multilingual spellchecking (requires pyenchant)

Marave is implemented using PyQt, so it should work in all major platforms, Windows, Linux and Mac OSX, as long as you have PyQt installed.

In the future, easy to use binaries will be provided for Windows and Mac.

This version is not feature complete. Specifically:

  • Search+Replace is not done
  • There may be some customizations not implemented

Download Marave 0.1

UPDATE 0.2 is out, at http://code.google.com/p/marave/downloads/list

2010-01-28 20:05

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 :-)

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