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    A Simple Word Processor

    I have wanted for some time to find a program that was a very basic word processor for writing freeform prose. Something small and fast, stable, and without a bunch of other "office" crap like spreadsheets and drawing programs- no Star Office or K Office or Hancom Office- no OFFICE. Just a basic program to write with. Something kind of like M$ Wordpad with a few extras like spelling, footnotes and such. Something that I could write with and print to paper or to PDF.

    I found it.

    http://www.nllgg.nl/Ted

    And I like it very, very much.

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    Re:A Simple Word Processor

    Ted is good for rtf files, but I typically prefer kwrite for most text editing.


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    What about Abiword, too bulky?

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    I prefer abiword over kwrite. It opens faster, has more options, takes up less resources, and just looks a little nicer.

    I use to only use kwrite for all my text editing needs. Anymore, for text editing I will use pico; for anything more than simple note jotting/text editing, it's abiword all the way.

    For full fledged report building, OO cannot be beat.

    Cool

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    Yep, I like both of those, Abiword & Pico myself.

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    Re:A Simple Word Processor

    [quote author=ph34r link=board=2;threadid=6026;start=0#57325 date=1041909215]
    Ted is good for rtf files, but I typically prefer kwrite for most text editing.
    [/quote]


    I prefer Kate for text editing, which is a differet thing from a writing program. In a writing program, I need to format the output for printing on paper, which nice margins, double spacing and so forth. I also like to be able to add footnotes and page numbers and whatnot.

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    Re:A Simple Word Processor

    [quote author=MasterC link=board=2;threadid=6026;start=0#57347 date=1041937769]
    I prefer abiword over kwrite. It opens faster, has more options, takes up less resources, and just looks a little nicer.

    I use to only use kwrite for all my text editing needs. Anymore, for text editing I will use pico; for anything more than simple note jotting/text editing, it's abiword all the way.

    For full fledged report building, OO cannot be beat.

    Cool
    [/quote]

    I have never really cared much for Abiword, myself, though I do think it is a good program and I certainly don't have anything bad to say about it. It is still a tad more program than what I was after, which, as I said, was essintially a supped-up version of M$ Wordpad.

    I use Kate over Kwrite for doing HTML markup- that's a whole different animal. Or do you mean KWord from the K Office suite? I don't like K Office all that much. I actually have gone to using vi as my "system editor" when in console or a terminl window (what can say?).

    I have rather a love/hate relationship with StarOffice/OpenOffice. They are good at being what they are (M$ Office Clones), but I hate what they are (M$ Office Clones) because I hate M$ Office. For writing a big, structured document, like a report, LaTeX is the best tool. My job, however, makes me use Word. I don't write big structured reports or anything at home- I write prose, and I need to be able to print it as a manuscript. TED does this and does it well.

    Its all about using the right tool for the job

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    Re:A Simple Word Processor

    cga...once again, you have managed to turn me on to another jem of a program. I read a great article by the Cooking with Linux guy Marcel (I forget his last name which I'm pretty certain I can't pronounce correctly anyway) about several programs that use very little in the way of system resources (hard drive space, memory foot print, etc). I believe that this program would have been right at home in that article. What I am most interested in is it's ability to to do the pdf thing using Ghostscript. I want to be able to make several of my writings available in pdf format and this looks like a good deal for me.

    Cheers

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    I thought I'd try Ted after reading this thread. d/l'd the ted212i86.rpm file converted it to deb with alien, installed with dpkg & cant find the binary. find found /usr/share/ted/Ted with a buch of subdirs with fonts & doc stuff & an empty bin subdir. any ideas? I'm running Libranet 2.7

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    Re:A Simple Word Processor

    What's wrong with KVim ?

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