Sometimes you just want to capture a stray thought to share with Lion's
community. Seeing unrelated text
can make the thought fly right out of your brain. This app gives you a blank
slate every time, and saves what you write somewhere in a single hard-coded
directory tree. Once it's saved, use techmeet.love
to browse that directory tree,
git push to share it, etc.
techmeet-capture.love is a compatible fork of lines.love, an editor for plain text where you can also seamlessly insert line drawings. Designed above all to be easy to modify and give you early warning if your modifications break something.
Install LÖVE. It's just a 5MB download, open-source and
extremely well-behaved. I'll assume below that you can invoke it using the
love command, but that might vary depending on your OS.
To run from the terminal, pass this directory to LÖVE. If you invoke techmeet.love with an additional arg (see its docs), you can also pass it in to capture.
Alternatively, turn it into a .love file you can double-click on:
$ zip -r /tmp/techmeet-capture.love *.lua
While editing text:
ctrl+fto find patterns within a file
ctrl+=to zoom in,
ctrl+-to zoom out,
ctrl+0to reset zoom
alt+leftto jump to the next/previous word, respectively
shift+ movement to select text,
ctrl+ato select all
For shortcuts while editing drawings, consult the online help. Either:
hto see your options at any point during a stroke.
techmeet-capture.love has been exclusively tested so far with a US keyboard layout. If you use a different layout, please let me know if things worked, or if you found anything amiss: http://akkartik.name/contact
No support yet for Unicode graphemes spanning multiple codepoints.
No support yet for right-to-left languages.
Undo/redo may be sluggish in large files. Large files may grow sluggish in other ways. techmeet-capture.love works well in all circumstances with files under 50KB.
If you kill the process, say by force-quitting because things things get sluggish, you can lose data.
The text cursor will always stay on the screen. This can have some strange implications:
So far this app isn't really designed for drawing-heavy files. For now I'm targeting mostly-text files with a few drawings mixed in.
No clipping yet for drawings. In particular, circles/squares/rectangles and point labels can overflow a drawing.
Touchpads can drag the mouse pointer using a light touch or a heavy click. On Linux, drags using the light touch get interrupted when a key is pressed. You'll have to press down to drag.
Can't scroll while selecting text with mouse.
No scrollbars yet. That stuff is hard.
This repo is a fork of lines.love, an editor for plain text where you can also seamlessly insert line drawings. Its immediate upstream is capture.love, the blank-slate front-end to pensieve.love, the private note-taking app for a single individual. Updates to it can be downloaded from:
Further forks are encouraged. If you show me your fork, I'll link to it here.