Monday, December 17, 2012

Zim Text Editor 0.58 Allows Now To Export LaTeX Equations - Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Zim has been updated recently to version 0.58 bringing more bug fixes, especially for the bug that prevented the application to start after crashing. This new release allows users to export LaTeX equations and interwiki links are now working fine.

If you have no idea about Zim, it's a graphical (WYSIWYG) text editor written in Python and GTK+ developed by Jaap Karssenberg who wants to bring the concept of a wiki to your Linux desktop. Zim is also considered a personal journal or to-do list.

It can also serve as a distraction-free writing tool that, for example, helps users write novels, short stories, or complex LaTeX equations for Math projects using the 'Equation Editor' plugin.

Zim allows simple formatting or markup for typed text (italics, numbered list, checkbox list, bullet lists, headings, etc.), insert/attach images, link to other wiki pages, etc. Here is a video explaining basic use of Zim:

For more information and features about Zim, click here.

In this article, we will see how to install Zim from PPA under the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10 (or older)
  • Linux Mint 14/13/12 (or older)
Zim Installation

Open the terminal and install it with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jaap.karssenberg/zim 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install zim

For bugs encountered while using this software, please report it here.

Zim Removal

To remove this text editor from your system, run the following commands:

sudo apt-get remove zim 
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:jaap.karssenberg/zim 
sudo apt-get update