Archives For November 30, 1999


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.

Install UberWriter in Ubuntu

This quick tutorial shows you how to install UberWriter, a free word processor for markdown, via the official PPA in Ubuntu 14.04.

UberWriter is free and open source word processor, text editor for Ubuntu with markdown support. It provides a very clean interface with out of box spellcheck.

The UI now is based on GTK3 with client-side decorations support. If offers Focus, Fullscreen, Dark, and preview mode and allows to search and replace texts.

Through pandoc, it is possible to export to PDF, HTML, ODT and even more formats through the Advanced Export option.

Watch the video to see it in action:

Install UberWriter in Ubuntu:

UberWriter is available in Ubuntu Software Center, but it costs $5.

For the latest release and receiving future updates, the developer offers a launchpad PPA for Ubuntu 14.04. The PPA also provides old versions for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the commands below and run one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:w-vollprecht/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install uberwriter


Above commands will add the developer’s PPA and install UberWriter in your system for free.

Note: UberWriter uses client-side decorations. The Unity integration is not entirely done yet. (Adwaita theme looks much better and inconsolata is missing in the dependencies.)