Aug 27, 2011

Leafpad - GTK+ based simple text editor

Leafpad is the most simplest and minimal text editor. It has been designed keeping simplicity in mind. It is based on GTK+. Leafpad is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). If you are are trying to develop a text editor, consider to take look at the source code of the leafpad. The source code of leafpad can be a starting point for a much complex text editor. 
screen shot of Leafpad

Currently Leafpad has the following features:
  • Codeset option (Some OpenI18N registered)
  • Auto codeset detection (UTF-8 and some codesets)
  • Unlimitted Undo/Redo
  • Auto/Multi-line Indent
  • Display line numbers
  • Drag and Drop
  • Printing
Leafpad is also available for Nokia's Maemo platform.Leafpad may be present in the package managers of the respective Linux distributions.

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Aug 26, 2011

cssed- CSS Editor

cssed is a simple application for creating cascading style sheets for your websites. It is an open source application developed under GPL. Cssed is a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing.To create a style you don't need to write the code simply select the property and its corresponding value from the side bar present on the right side, the code will be added to the editing area. Also it has three wizards which helps you to simplify the creation of css. They are: selector wizard, color wizard and box properties wizard.The selector wizard allows you to add the required selectors easily, simply select the required selectors and click on add the all the selectors will be added.
The color wizard helps to set the color of background, foreground,border top, border bottom, border left, etc,.The box properties wizard you can set the width, height, margins, padding, borders of the box.
It features syntax highlighting, syntax validation, MDI notebook based interface, quick CSS properties and values insertion, auto-completion and dialog-based insertion of CSS complex values.Apart from good GUI properties, in cssed most of the tasks can be completed using the keyboard shortcuts (accelerators).
screen shot of cssed

Available plugins are: 

  • cssed-filebrowser-plugin: adds a file browser a la gnome2 
  • cssed-findinfiles-plugin: adds a tab to the footer panel, which allows you to search for a term from a given directory 
  • cssed-quicksearch-plugin: adds a search field to the toolbar, for use within the active document 
  • cssed-tag-plugin: adds a new tab to the footer panel, to create and browse tags created with exuberant-ctags 
  • cssed-vte-plugin: adds a console to the footer panel, from which you can execute any command line tool 
cssed is available in Ubuntu 11.04 synaptic managar.

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Aug 20, 2011


Here is a simple mp3 and ogg cutter for those who want to trim the mp3 and ogg audio files. This tool can be used to make ring tones for your mobiles out of mp3 songs or sounds.Mp3Splt-project is a utility to split mp3 and ogg files selecting a begin and an end time position, without decoding. It's very useful to split large mp3/ogg to make smaller files or to split entire albums to obtain original tracks.

If you want to split an album, you can select split points and filenames manually or you can get them automatically from CDDB (internet or a local file) or from .cue files. Supports also automatic silence split, that can be used also to adjust cddb/cue splitpoints. Trimming using silence detection is also available. You can extract tracks from Mp3Wrap or AlbumWrap files in few seconds. For mp3 files, both ID3v1 & ID3v2 tags are supported. Mp3splt-project is split in 3 parts : libmp3splt, mp3splt and mp3splt-gtk.After splitting, the split points and split files can be viewed by clicking on their respective tabs.
This tool is supported on GNU Linux, *BSD, MacOS X, BeOS, Windows

MP3Splt is available in the synaptic of ubuntu 11.04

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Here is another opensource video editing application LiVES (Linux Video Editing System). LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. A very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ's and video editors - mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.

The GUI is based on gtk+ 2.14+, runs under KDE, Gnome, Metacity, Fluxbox, Compiz and any known window manager.LiVES can also be scripted to be used as a video server. Can load single images or directories of images in numerical order and assemble them into videos or slideshows.
LiVES is available in the synaptic of Ubuntu 11.04.

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