There is a new application available for Sparkers: Brackets
What is Brackets?
What makes Brackets different from other web code editors?
* Tools shouldn’t get in your way. Instead of cluttering up your coding environment with lots of panels and icons, the Quick Edit UI in Brackets puts context-specific code and tools inline.
* Brackets is in sync with your browser. With Live Preview, Brackets works directly with your browser to push code edits instantly and jump back and forth between your real source code and the browser view.
Installation (64bit only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install brackets
or via APTus-> Office-> Brackets icon.
Copyright (c) 2012 – present Adobe Systems Incorporated
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Browsh
What is Browsh?
Browsh is a fully interactive, real-time, and modern text-based browser rendered to TTYs and browsers… …Browsh is different in that it’s backed by a real browser, namely headless Firefox, to create a purely text-based version of web pages and web apps. These can be easily rendered in a terminal or indeed, ironically, in another browser. Do note that currently the browser client doesn’t have feature parity with the terminal client.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install browsh
or via APTus-> Web browsers-> Browsh icon.
Launch the browser in a terminal/terminal emulator via the command:
or via menu-> Network-> Browsh Browser.
Author: Thomas Buckley-Houston
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Gis Weather
What is Gis Weather?
Gis Weather is an open-source desktop weather widget and indicator applet with highly customizable user interface. Gis Weather is written in Python 3 with GTK+ 3.
– View weather for several days
– Detailed weather forecast for today and tomorrow
– Fast switching between cities
– Select the background and theme weather icons
– “Compass” with the wind direction, with adjustable angle of rotation
– Highlighting the high wind
– Support weather services: Gismeteo.com, OpenWeatherMap.org, Yr.no
– Support SVG and widget scale
– Indicator to panel
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gis-weather
Author: Alexander Koltsov
License: ? (open-source)
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Joplin
What is Joplin?
Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.
Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.). Plain Markdown files can also be imported.
The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.
The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). A Web Clipper, to save web pages and screenshots from your browser, is also available for Firefox and Chrome.
Installation (amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install joplin
or via APTus-> Office-> Joplin icon.
Author: Laurent Cozic
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Sparky APTus AppCenter 20200725-beta1.
What is APTus AppCenter?
It is improved APTus, still Yad based, but with HTML technology, and still as small, fast and lightweight as possible.
Don’t expect it can be comparable to other existing AppCenters, it is not. It is still set of bash scripts wrapped up in Yad, but can be easy modified and enlarged as required.
The matter of fact is, the development of the application I started with MoroS back in December 2018, and due to problems with Yad’s html dependencies, after a month or so I put it down.
The second attempt was between December 2019 and January 2020; a newer version of Yad let me build it with the html option, but lack of time didn’t let me finish it again.
The 3rd try started on the beginning of June 2020, and this time I was making small steps, one by one to finish it; so the first beta of APTus AppCenter is out.
Changes between APTus and APTus AppCenter:
• APTus uses Yad, APTus AppCenter uses Yad with HTML technology
• more app’s categories
• many more applications to be installed via one click
• full description of every application displayed before installing, removing or re-installing a package
• integrated other APTus related packages (sparky-aptus-extra, sparky-aptus-gamer, sparky-codecs, sparky-desktop, sparky-office, sparky-webbrowser-installer, etc. ) into the one
• added option of searching packages
It can be installed alongside to Sparky APTus, both work independently.
Any suggestions, new app categories, new apps to be added, and bugs can be reported at our forums, via GitHub or email, please.
Translations are located in 3 files:
1. traditional file for bash scripts as all Sparky tools use
2. additional 2 xx.js files to be used by html pages
Thanks go to:
• MoroS for the app’s base/frame
• lami07 for the new icon
• all the APTus translators (there are new files to translate anyway)
Plans for the future?
It could be reconfigured and moved to Electron or something else, but not sure will it be still lightweight and fast. Anyway, this part is still open, if you would like to help with that.
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Lite Editor
What is Lite Editor?
Lite is a lightweight text editor written mostly in Lua — it aims to provide something practical, pretty, small and fast, implemented as simply as possible; easy to modify and extend, or to use without doing either.
Additional functionality can be added through plugins which are available from the plugins repository; additional color themes can be found in the colors repository. The editor can be customized by making changes to the user module.
Installation (Sparky 6 i386/amd64 only):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lite-editor
or via APTus-> Office-> Lite Editor icon.
There is a new application available for Sparkers: Shutter Encoder
What is Shutter Encoder?
Shutter Encoder is a free encoding software for converting images, videos, and audio files, allowing you to choose from a large number of functions.
Encode your files, replace audio, burn to DVD, analyze audio Loudness, download web videos, make your own timelapse etc…
There is a new desktop available for Sparkers: NsCDE
What is NsCDE?
Not so Common Desktop Environment (NsCDE) is a retro but powerful (kind of) UNIX desktop environment which resembles CDE look (and partially feel) but with a more powerful and flexible framework beneath-the-surface, more suited for 21st century unix-like and Linux systems and user requirements than original CDE.
NsCDE can be considered as a heavyweight FVWM theme on steroids, but combined with a couple other free software components and custom FVWM applications and a lot of configuration, NsCDE can be considered a lightweight hybrid desktop environment.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nscde-desktop
or via APTus-> Desktop tab -> NsCDE icon
It can be installed on all Sparky editions, means: Sparky 4/5/6 amd64/i386/armhf.
It is a release candidate 21, build and works ok on amd64, but the workspace switcher doesn’t load on i386 and ARMHF so far.
License: GNU GPL 3
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