New project: marave, a relaxed text editor
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
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 :-)
Maybe we should merge our projects :) http://bitbucket.org/teacup...
Looks nice, you don't need me :-)
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.
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.
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.
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
This is really nice. I'm going to start using it now.
I noticed you reported a bug immediately!
Please see if it's fixed now :-)
Some mentions of marave elsewhere:
"Marave, el Ommwriter para Linux": http://is.gd/7NLX9
"Interesting Text Editors": http://is.gd/7NMn0
Marave at linmagazine.co.il (hebrew): http://is.gd/7QL6J
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!
Sadly I can't find any references to marave in linux journal's site :-(
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