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Brackets Editor 0.44 Released With Split View

Wednesday 8th of October 2014 08:12:00 AM
Brackets was updated to version 0.44 recently, getting one of the most requested features: vertical and horizontal split view, so you can now view files side by side or one above another.

The new slip view feature can be accessed either from the View menu or from the icon next to Working File (left pane). For now, it's not possible to view the same files in both panes though.

The latest Brackets 0.44 also introduces Quick Docs support for vendor-prefixed CSS properties, project tree improvements along with new preference: show cursor in selected text - by default, Brackets hides the blinking cursor when you have a text selection and this behavior can now be disabled. The complete Brackets 0.44 changelog can be found HERE.
For those not familiar with Brackets, this is an open-source code editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
The application was originally created by Adobe, but is now maintained by the community, and features a quick edit mode that brings the relevant CSS for the selected tag in the main editor or live browser previews - the changes are pushed instantly to the browser (Chrome only), without having to save the changes or reload the page.
Furthermore, Brackets supports extensions for adding extra functionality - more than 400 extensions (at the time I'm writing this article) can easily be installed through the built-in Extension Manager.
Note that on Linux, there are a few known issues - for instance, Brackets doesn't close when first clicking the window close buttons so you must click on close again and also, there are no native OS menus (HTML menus are used as fallback).

Install Brackets in Ubuntu
The Brackets websites offers deb files for download (see below) however, if you want to receive automatic updates in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can install Brackets by using the WebUpd8 Brackets Ubuntu PPA. To add the PPA and install Brackets, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install brackets

Download Brackets
Download Brackets (binaries available for Debian/Ubuntu, Windows and Mac OS X as well as source code)
Arch Linux users can install Brackets via AUR: 1 | 2 (bin).

For bug reports, etc., see the Brackets GitHub page.

Manage Your Tasks With QTodoTxt, A Cross-Platform Todo.txt GUI

Tuesday 7th of October 2014 01:43:00 PM
Todo.txt is a popular, minimalistic todo list format in which the data is stored in a simple text file. Since todo.txt is both machine and human-readable, you can check out your tasks with a simple text editor from any OS, synchronize it with cloud sync tools such as Dropbox, etc.

QTodoTxt is a simple Todo.txt GUI, which allows you to manage your tasks in a GTD way. 
Of course, you can easily manage your Todo.txt tasks with a simple text editor, but using a tool such as QTodoTxt simplifies things, providing a better overview of your tasks by using colored priorities and due dates as well as a sidebar treeview which allows you to quickly access contexts and projects.
Since QTodoTxt is cross-platform, it means you can manage your tasks from Linux, Windows and Mac OS X (the app isn't available for mobile devices, but there are other Todo.txt clients for that) and even though the application itself doesn't sync your tasks, that can be done by using Dropbox, Owncloud, Megasync, Copy or other similar tools - when QTodoTxt prompts you to save the todo.txt file, simply save it in your Dropbox/Copy/etc. folder and that's it!

QTodoTxt - Completed tasks
In case you're wondering how the tasks from the screenshots above (both pending and completed tasks) look like in plain text, here it is:(A) Write about QTodoTxt @WebUpd8 due:2014-10-07
(B) 2014-10-08 Buy milk +store
(B) Test task @WebUpd8
x 2014-10-07 2014-10-06 Completed task example 1 @WebUpd8
x 2014-10-07 Completed task example 2 +store due:2014-10-08
QTodoTxt features:
  • filter tasks;
  • treeview of your projects and contexts;
  • supports due date (add "due:YYYY-MM-DD" to your todo list): when a task is less than 1 week, the due date uses orange and when the task is for today, the due date is colored in red;
  • supports FutureTasks;
  • can archive completed tasks;
  • can automatically add created date;
  • autosave option;
  • option to hide future tasks;
  • autocomplete;
  • keyboard shortcuts;
  • more.

Note that the application comes with a tray icon which unfortunately doesn't work properly in Unity (the icon is displayed but it doesn't do anything when clicked). If you're looking for a Todo.txt Ubuntu AppIndicator, try Todo Indicator.
Before using QTodoTxt, you may want to read its user documentation (includes keyboard shortcuts and some useful tips). Also read about the todo.txt format, HERE.

Download QTodoTxt
There are QTodoTxt binaries available for Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint and derivatives (in my test, the application worked in Ubuntu 14.10 and 14.04 but failed to start in Ubuntu 12.04!), Windows, Mac OS X as well as a generic Linux .tar.gz archive:
Download QTodoTxt
Optionally, Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint users can install QTodoTxt by using its official repository (this way, you'll get automatic QTodoTxt updates). To add the repository and install QTodoTxt, use the commands below:echo "deb /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/qtodotxt.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qtodotxt
Arch Linux users can install QTodoTxt via AUR (but it's an old version at the time I'm writing this article).

To download the source code, report bugs, etc., see the QTodoTxt GitHub page.

Marker: Tool To Take Screenshots And Share Them Via Google Drive

Tuesday 7th of October 2014 10:50:00 AM
Marker is a cross-platform screenshot tool which allows you to easily annotate and share screenshots via Google Drive.
The application is developed by Insync, the company behind the popular cross-platform Google Drive client 'Insync' and it's not free and open source software but it's free to use.

Marker features:
  • capture fullscreen or area screenshots;
  • annotations: add text and shapes to your screenshots;
  • screenshots are synced across computers;
  • supports multiple Google accounts.

Marker comes with an Ubuntu AppIndicator / tray icon which can be used to pause the screenshot synchronization or to open the app window which displays recent screenshots, some Google Drive stats (free space, space used by Marker screenshots).
From the app settings, you can set Marker to use a proxy, enable/disable desktop notifications or set the app to start on login.

Note that there's not button / appindicator menu entry to take screenshots - Marker relies on keyboard shortcuts only so to take a fullscreen screenshot, use Alt + Shift + 3, for area selection use Alt + Shift + 4 and to capture an area and annotate it, use Alt + Shift + 5.
After you take a screenshot, Marker automatically generates a link and saves it to your clipboard so you can simply paste the link to share it. Also, the screenshot is automatically added to your Google Drive account.
Marker is nowhere near Shutter when it comes to features, but you should find it very useful if you share screenshots frequently. There is one pretty important feature that Marker lacks though: delayed screenshots. Hopefully this feature (and maybe others) will be added in a future release.

Download Marker
Marker is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux - Ubuntu 14.04/Linux Mint 17 debs only.
Important for Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17 users: make sure "update-notifier-common" is installed or else the Marker installation will fail:sudo apt-get install update-notifier-common
Download Marker
Arch Linux users can install Marker via AUR.

For bug reports, feature requests, suggestions, etc. see the Marker Support center.

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