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WordGrinder tiny word processor Terminal 297KB
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Oct 2009, 10:59    Post_subject:  


I really like this little app and I'm in the process of mirroring it on my domain, but I was wondering if you could clarify a couple things for me first.

The first post has two versions, that's pretty self explanatory. But then there is a wordgrinder_0.3.1-1.2-2.pet posted with sakura 1 (another great one, btw).

I assume the 0.3.1 version is a later version than that posted at the top of the thread, but does it require sakura to run or just for the font tweaking capabilities? How do the two apps depend on each other?

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Oct 2009, 17:23    Post_subject:  

naaa sakura is just an option, you type wordgrinder in sakura and it opens with sakura, if you don't have sakura installed then it just defaults to rxvt like usual

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PostPosted: Sat 03 Oct 2009, 18:20    Post_subject:  

okay, that makes sense.. its sakura's capabilities that make it more... flexible.

Thanks ttuuxxx

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2010, 14:27    Post_subject:  

Another console based word processor you can look at is SUE (Simple Unix Editor).

Way back in the 80's, a chap named Eric Meyer was developing for the CP/M OS that ran on Osbornes and other old 8-bit systems. He started with a minimal editor released in source by another developer called VDO and started enhancing it. VDO became VDE, a CP/M editor that used the WordStar command set, had macros (which WordStar then did not), but was smaller and faster than WordStar itself, since it ran entirely in memory and didn't use overlay files. That limited the total size of a document you could edit, but it wasn't an issue for most users.

Eric shifted to MS-DOS, and continued to develop VDE. He still develops and supports the DOS version, and I run it here in a console window under WinXP. CP/M development was picked up by Carson Wilson, who renamed it ZDE and continued to enhance it. Carson was also the lead developer for a Linux console editor that would be nassed on VDE's design. VDE and ZDE were coded in Assembler, and SUE is coded in C, so it's not a direct port - it's a rewrite for a new OS.

It's a single static binary with no dependencies, weighing in at 327K. You can drop it in a directory in your Linux PATH and start using it. It runs fine here in a console in rxvt or XCFE Terminal.

A binary is here, with man page:

C source is here, reported to compile out of the box on Solaris:

Info and history is here:

And the Man page is here:

The default is the WordStar command set, but there's a function-key driven mode as well.

More information abut and downloads of VDE, ZDE, and related utilities and files are at the VDE Editor home page:
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2010, 05:56    Post_subject:  

Thanks, I've just downloaded this one. VDE (the DOS relative of this) is/was an amazing little editor / word processor for its size.
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PostPosted: Sun 30 Sep 2012, 03:38    Post_subject:  

ttuuxxx wrote:
jakfish wrote:
You da man here. I don't know how difficult to re-position, but it is a little odd that the cursor places itself in the screen's middle, rather than the top (that may be a programer's favorite position, I wouldn't know--or else I'm doing something completely asinine upon start-up).

edit: on further thought, since there's no drop-down menu (the screen becomes the menu), maybe that's where the cursor must begin.


Ok here's a newer version that supports new text formats,lol
anyways install the pet, then install sakura, open sakura and right click on the desktop, set you font size, color etc. This will work with any command line application, Sakura is a great terminal, you can also change the font while running wordgrinder.

To Start:
Open Sakura and Just type wordgrinder and hit enter and it will start.
now right click on the screen and you'll have lots of sakura options Smile

How do I get to the mainmenu for wordgrinder and how do I save what I have done?

I am using ov-precise5.2.60

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Mar 2013, 05:16    Post_subject:  

Double-tap the 'esc' key or hit alt+m works for me.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr 2013, 10:08    Post_subject: Wordgrinder  

It booted to a larger window than my little screen in UpUp Precise. No big deal, just a note. Wordgrinder brings me back to the early 90's, when I used a database program in MS Dos that had similar aspects. Does anyone know of a database program in puppy that runs similar to the Wordgrinder program out of terminal?

Anyway, I lose focus. Nice little program.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Apr 2013, 11:57    Post_subject:  

Wordgrinder 4 is ready.

New features:

- new, smaller file format.
- OpenDocument import and export.
- A proper Windows version and installer.
- command line tools for converting documents to/from WordGrinder.
- many bugfixes.

The author was good enough to send me a preview but some of the dependencies have caught me out.
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Lua error: [string "src/lua/_prologue.lua"]:8: module 'lfs' " )

But the new features sound good so I'll wait for the official release.
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