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A nice screenshot tool for Linux

In synaptic on Jul 3, 2012 by theoryl Tagged: , , ,

I just found Shutter which finally ends my miseries in taking screenshots in Linux/Ubuntu. It even supports screencasting. No idea why it is not yet in Ubuntu official repository. Just thought I would give it a shout-out.

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Offline Ubuntu theaurus/WordNet

In synaptic on Jun 25, 2011 by theoryl Tagged: , , , , , ,

Artha (http://sourceforge.net/projects/artha/) is an offline thesaurus/WordNet program for Linux. It’s easy to use yet very powerful. It does regular expression search, which is very useful for people like me whose first language is not English, since I tend to forget the exact spelling of words from time to time. It also features a non-intrusive taskbar notification, spelling suggestions, and detailed word usage. Best of all, it’s open-source and free to use for both Windows and Linux users!

Details about installation on Ubuntu are described on the website. An older version of Artha is available in Lucid Lynx repositories. What I think would be great additions to Artha are:

  • Show recently searched words (like History).
  • Show pronunciation keys. Better yet, include a text-to-speech engine (perhaps as a plugin).

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Exaile Music Player for GTK+

In synaptic on Jun 24, 2011 by theoryl Tagged: , , , , ,

Choosing a music player for Ubuntu has often been difficult. When I first started using Ubuntu, the default music player was Amarok. Didn’t like it. Soon, the default was changed to Rhythmbox. Didn’t like it too. The default will be changed to Banshee with the next release Natty Narwhal. Tried and didn’t like that either. Hence I’ve been using mpd (+Sonata) along with VLC in the past three years. Being a foobar2000 (http://www.foobar2000.org) fan, I must say there is no worthy Linux replacement of the light (small memory footprint) yet extensive music player.

However, recently I found a GUI music player that comes close¬†— Exaile (www.exaile.org). It has clean interface and supports multiple playlists and shoutcast.¬† It’s written in python, which is always a plus. Feature-wise, it has everything a casual music listener would expect plus Last.fm integration and smart playlist. I love how well it’s integrated into my GNOME desktop too.

So far, I like it a lot. The only thing I can complain about is that the version 0.3.1.1 in Lucid Lynx cannot connect to Shoutcast server. Also, it would be nice to have a batch mp3 tag editor similar to what is in foobar2000. Hopefully it will continue to be actively developed and gain a large user base before long. If you are a Ubuntu user like me who has not yet settled on a favorite music player, I say definitely give Exaile a try:

$ sudo apt-get install exaile