How to Install FocusWriter 1.6 in Ubuntu 16.04/16.10

August 28, 2016 — Leave a comment


FocusWriter, a simple, feature-riched, and distraction-free word processor, has now reached the 1.6.0 release with some great enhancements and fixes.

FocusWriter 1.6.0 adds 4 new background themes, headings (h1 to h6) format, ODT Flat XML files and high DPI displays support.

Other Changes in FocusWriter 1.6.0:

  • Option to always show scrollbar, topbar, bottom bar.
  • Allow removing user-installed dictionaries
  • Add shortcut for typographical apostrophe
  • Switched to QSoundEffect
  • Update dictionaries
  • Bug fixes and translation updates:
    • Daily progress did not reset when run longer than a day
    • Printer margins were too big
    • Was replacing session files with command-line files
    • Did not add new default symbol shortcuts
FocusWriter 1.6.0 with Spy Games theme

FocusWriter 1.6.0 with Spy Games theme (fullscreen mode)

How to install FocusWriter 1.6.0 in Ubuntu:

The official Ubuntu PPA has been updated with Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10 support, the new release also available for Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa


2. To upgrade from a previous release, just launch Software Updater and install the updates after checking for updates.

upgrade to focuswriter 1.6

Or you may install the program via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install focuswriter

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the latest .deb package directly from the PPA archive.

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