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Old 08-17-2017, 02:26 AM   #1
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RTF Editor like Wordpad on Ubuntu?


Hi experienced Linux users, I have Ubuntu and I am looking after an editor for RTF.

The installation manager gives big softwares such as Libreoffice or Abiword. But, in Linux, aren't there many Wordpad applications?

I found many text editor but they do not give RTF support.

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Old 08-17-2017, 02:33 AM   #2
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RTF is a proprietary Microsoft format, as mentioned at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format, so it's not going to get a lot of love in the open source community.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 02:55 AM   #3
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RTF is a proprietary Microsoft format, as mentioned at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format, so it's not going to get a lot of love in the open source community.
Ah, I understand. This is why.

what is the opensource alternative of RTF which was given by Linux community?
 
Old 08-17-2017, 03:17 AM   #4
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There isn't one really that is specific to GNU/Linux. If you want a universal format that is cross-platform and cross-application then the OpenDocument Format is the way to go. Even M$ Office can mostly read it, albeit begrudgingly, but will (intentionally) break it still. However, other productivity suites deal with it very well.

Then at the low end there is always plain text, either ASCII or UTF-8. Plain text: it was good enough for Shakespeare ...

Hard math based sciences still use LaTeX or similar.

Can you give a few details about the problem you are trying to solve?
 
Old 08-17-2017, 03:44 AM   #5
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There isn't one really that is specific to GNU/Linux. If you want a universal format that is cross-platform and cross-application then the OpenDocument Format is the way to go. Even M$ Office can mostly read it, albeit begrudgingly, but will (intentionally) break it still. However, other productivity suites deal with it very well.

Then at the low end there is always plain text, either ASCII or UTF-8. Plain text: it was good enough for Shakespeare ...

Hard math based sciences still use LaTeX or similar.

Can you give a few details about the problem you are trying to solve?
My first goal was to use RTF, since I have to send a document in RTF format to my colleague. I had to type a simple document with basic things: bold, italic, underline. Nothing that would need a software like Office.

Latex is much too complex for me.

I edited the document under Ubuntu Linux with gedit (in plaintext). I copied on usb stick my document. Using my MacBook I made an RTF document and I could finish my document.

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Old 08-17-2017, 04:05 AM   #6
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Ok. If your goal is to only use one of the RTF formats, and specifically one of the RTF formats, then your choice is LibreOffice, Calligra, or AbiWord. You've seen at least two of those already. AbiWord is by far the lightest of the three.

<grumbling>
RTF, being vague and not really defined, is a little unsteady for real use. I used to use it a lot and found eventually that, like other M$ formats, it does not withstand the tests of time.

About Apple, it has really, really dragged its feet on OpenDocument Format support, but their lightweight editor does now finally support it -- if I recall correctly.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:46 AM   #7
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A simple rich text processor for Linux : Ted https://www.nllgg.nl/Ted/

See post #4 and #7 here
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-4175605441/#4
Debian / Ubuntu package = ted_2.23-1debian8_amd64.deb (2.4MB).


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Old 08-17-2017, 11:09 AM   #8
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I've swapped files in RTF with no problems. If you are simply indicating fonts and paragraph types, then there will be no problem. Difficulties only arise if you try anything elaborate, like complicated tables or frames. If you want something quick and easy, then Ted (see last post) is certainly worth looking at, otherwise just export from an ordinary word-processor.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 11:24 AM   #9
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My first goal was to use RTF, since I have to send a document in RTF format to my colleague. I had to type a simple document with basic things: bold, italic, underline. Nothing that would need a software like Office.
Use a combination of markdown and pandoc?


https://askubuntu.com/a/315997 ->

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One alternative is http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/ which is in the repos,

sudo apt-get install pandoc

Then you can take your **markdown** file and convert it to **rtf**, or a variety of other formats with,

pandoc -s -f markdown -t rtf -o file.rtf file.txt

The `-s` switch is for standalone, so that it doesn't just create an **rtf** fragment. There are also a variety of other useful switches such as `-S` for smart quotes. I use it all the time to create **epub** and **pdf** files.

It would also be a good idea to check out the documentation on their site, since the **pandoc markdown** format supports several extensions.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 02:21 PM   #10
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Use a combination of markdown and pandoc?


https://askubuntu.com/a/315997 ->
https://www.nllgg.nl/Ted/
I am so sorry. This link has not a compatible package for Ubuntu. Does Ubuntu have somewhere also Ted for Ubuntu ?

Regarding Pandoc and Markdown, they look like programming. I am not a programmer. I didn't know that Linux was so much complicated. I have used about 10 years Microsoft Windows and MAC.

I am sorry.

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Old 08-17-2017, 03:32 PM   #11
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I didn't know that Linux was so much complicated. I have used about 10 years Microsoft Windows and MAC.

I am sorry.
No reason to apologize. New tools for an old task, is all.
I used to have to use only PFE on Windows, but I had to, to get the task done.
Now, there are mebbe a dozen similar tools. Notepad++ is ok, but I don't want to "install" stuff to open a simple Linux formatted file in Windows.

It gets easier.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 03:36 PM   #12
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No reason to apologize. New tools for an old task, is all.
I used to have to use only PFE on Windows, but I had to, to get the task done.
Now, there are mebbe a dozen similar tools. Notepad++ is ok, but I don't want to "install" stuff to open a simple Linux formatted file in Windows.

It gets easier.
I am learning Linux. It is complicated.

I was looking for just a sort of Wordpad only.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 04:05 PM   #13
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https://www.nllgg.nl/Ted/
I am so sorry. This link has not a compatible package for Ubuntu. Does Ubuntu have somewhere also Ted for Ubuntu ?

Regarding Pandoc and Markdown, they look like programming. I am not a programmer. I didn't know that Linux was so much complicated. I have used about 10 years Microsoft Windows and MAC.

I am sorry.
As Habitual stated, no need to apologize. Learning something for the first time is demanding for anyone.

You should know, however, that even though it is by far preferable to use your linux distribution's repositories and packages when installing software, it is still possible to install a linux application from source. If you decide you want to try Ted, let us know and members here will help you.

*** EDIT *** I just looked at the Ted web page - they offer .deb packages (debian) which are compatible with Ubuntu. You should have no problem installing with these.

On another note, I would give Abiword some more consideration if I were in your situation. Although it IS a complete word processing application, it is extremely lightweight and very well suited to the need you have.

Cheers !

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Old 08-17-2017, 11:49 PM   #14
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Most Linux word processors should export to rtf format.
 
Old 08-18-2017, 02:38 AM   #15
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Most Linux word processors should export to rtf format.
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