There is a new application available for Sparkers: Pinta

What is Pinta?

Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, Windows, and *BSD.
Pinta is a Gtk# clone of Paint.Net 3.0

Installation (Sparky 6 & 7):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pinta


License: MIT



There is a new application available for Sparkers: Cinelerra

What is Cinelerra?

Cinelerra is one of the most advanced, open-source non-linear video editors and compositors for Linux. Turn your Linux box into a complete audio and video production environment.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cin


License: GNU GPL-2



There is a new application available for Sparkers: Lightworks

What is Lightworks?

Hollywood-strength editing for everyone. Lightworks is the fastest, most accessible and focused NLE in the industry, because it is based on the simple idea that the editor, not the computer industry, knows what’s best. The latest release of Lightworks is based on the cumulative knowledge from twenty years of top-flight editing.

– Universal projects
– Custom definable sequence output formats
– Social Media Templates for sequence output
– Powerful asset grouping associations
– Simple & intuitive User Interface
– Access amazing royalty-free audio & video content
– Easy timeline editing & trimming
– Lo-Res Proxy workflows for 4K
– Real time ready to use audio & video FX
– Export video for YouTube/Vimeo, SD/HD, up to 4K
– Wide file format support including variable frame rate media
– Grade your sequence professionally utilising up to 32bit GPU precision and histogram tool

Lightworks 2021 is available with a free 7 day license and requires register to extend, or upgrade to Pro for all tools and export formats.

Installation (Sparky 5 & 6 amd64):
sudo apt update
sudo apt install lightworks


Developer: LWKS Software Ltd.
License: Proprietary



There is a new application available for Sparkers: Zettlr

What is Zettlr?

A Markdown Editor for the 21st century. With Zettlr, writing professional texts is easy and motivating: Whether you are a college student, a researcher, a journalist, or an author — Zettlr has the right tools for you.

– Available in over a dozen languages
– Tight and ever-growing integration with your favourite reference manager (such as Zotero or JabRef)
– Cite with Zettlr using citeproc and your existing literature database
– Five themes and dark mode support
– File-agnostic writing: Enjoy full control over your own files
– Keep all your notes and texts in one place — searchable and accessible
– Code highlighting for many languages
– Simple and beautiful exports with Pandoc, LaTeX, and Textbundle
– Support for state of the art knowledge management techniques (Zettelkasten)
– A revolutionary search algorithm with integrated heatmap

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install zettlr


License: GNU GPL v.3


Simplest Studio

There is a new application available for Sparkers: Simplest Studio

What is Simplest Studio?

Simplest Studio is an application that allows you optimize and convert audio files. The following encoding modes are implemented: FLAC, WAV, DFF**, MP3.
** for use this format need to installed utility ‘sacd-extract’.

Installation (Sparky 6 amd64 & i386):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install simplest-studio

or via APTus-> Audio Editors-> Simplest Studio icon.

Simplest Studio

Copyright (C) 2020 Oleg Kozhukharenko
License: GNU GPL v.3



There is a new application available for Sparkers: Brackets

What is Brackets?

Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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.
* Do it yourself. Because Brackets is open source, and built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, you can help build the best code editor for the web.

Installation (64bit only):

sudo apt update
sudo apt install brackets

or via APTus-> Office-> Brackets icon.


Copyright (c) 2012 – present Adobe Systems Incorporated
License: MIT


Lite Editor

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.

Lite Editor

Author: “rxi”
License: MIT



There is a new tool available for Sparkers: CudaText

What is CudaText?

CudaText is a free, open-source, cross-platform (runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS or FreeBSD) code editor written in Lazarus. It evolved from the previous editor named SynWrite which is no longer developed. It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools). Syntax parser is feature-rich, based on EControl engine (though not as fast as in some competitors).

– Syntax highlight for lot of languages (230+ lexers).
– Code tree: structure of functions/classes/etc, if lexer allows it.
– Code folding.
– Multi-carets and multi-selections.
– Find/Replace with regular expressions.
– Configs in JSON format. Including lexer-specific configs.
– Tabbed UI.
– Split view to primary/secondary. Split window to 2/3/4/6 groups of tabs.
– Command palette, with fuzzy matching.
– Minimap. Micromap.
– Show unprinted whitespace.
– Support for many encodings.
– Customizable hotkeys.
– Binary/Hex viewer for files of unlimited size (can show 10 Gb logs).
– Correctly saves binary files.

Features for HTML/CSS coding:
– Smart auto-completion for HTML, CSS.
– HTML tags completion with Tab-key (Snippets plugin).
– HTML color codes (#rgb, #rrggbb) underline.
– Show pictures inside editor area (jpeg/png/gif/bmp/ico).
– Show tooltip when mouse moves over picture tag, entity, color value.

Installation on Debian “Buster”/”Bullseye” / Sparky 5/6 64 bit:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install cudatext

or via APTus-> Office.


The project page :
The project developers: Alexey Torgashin, Andrey Kvichanskiy
License: MPL 2.0



There is a new appliacation available for Sparkers: Notepadqq.

From the project web site:

Notepadqq is designed from developers, for developers. With its more than 100 supported languages, it is the ideal text editor for your daily tasks.
The project is completely Free and Open Source.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install notepadqq

The editor is Qt based, but there is an additional package to be installed, to support GTK based styles:
sudo apt install notepadqq-gtk
Then run the application from menu-> Development

The editor should replace Leafpad in the Sparky’s LXQt spin.