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Scribes: A Sturdy Reinvention of the Text Editor

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Text editors are usually replacements for full-fledged word processing suites. They can offer very simple one-trick functionality such as Leafpad or multi-functional tabbed writing tools with even some semblance of character enhancements like Gedit. Or they can offer something completely different and much more efficient, such as Scribes Text Editor.

Scribes developer Lateef Alabi-Oki has reinvented the concept of what a text editor can do. In some ways it is a throwback to the stark, simple look and feel of DOS (Disc Operating System) writer applications in the pre-Microsoft Windows days. It also resembles the barren writing environments people often associate with Unix and early Linux OSes.

I somehow never discovered the existence of Scribes until recently. I thought I had tried every word processor and text editor that existed in Linux. But my experiences in using Scribes the last few weeks to enter research notes and create writing drafts has convinced me of its power and usefulness.

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