Category Archives: Applications

tmux-vim

tmux 1.8 is released!

tmux is one of the most popular Terminal Multiplexer (never used it? If you’e a heavy terminal user, then probably you need it) . The latest release is v1.8.

Recently I wrote an article on managing multiple terminals with Terminator, tmux is a very similar program but I feel – tmux is more efficeint/faster, specially with vim (or any command line editor such as Emacs). So, whether you already use a similar program or not, you should try tmux.

Installing tmux on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install tmux

Here is a screenshot (designing my personal blog with jekyll, I’ll launch in next few weeks) using tmux with vim editor.

tmux-vim

checkout official website for more details.

liferea-rss-reader

Liferea RSS Reader – Google Reader Alternative for Ubuntu users!

Google Reader is going away (read official news ), If you’re an Ubuntu user, here is a great alternative for you : Liferea. It’s a simple and easy to use application that can be used as an alternative to Google Reader.

Liferea – Linux Feed Reader

Liferea is a feed aggregator for GNOME based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian etc. You can easily add various sources/subscriptions (your favourite Blogs or News sources) and stay updated from one place. You don’t even need to open a browser (since it’s a Desktop Application), unless full content is not available in your source feed.

liferea-rss-reader

Installing Liferea in Ubuntu

Open a terminal and type (or you could search in Software Center, if that’s the way your prefer to install new applications) –

sudo apt-get install liferea

Customizing Liferea

liferea-settings

Liferea has lot of cool features, and it’s easily customizable too. Checkout Tools -> Preferences and there are lot of things you may want to change according to your need, e.g Feed Update settings, Folder Behavior, items in the feed, external browser settings, notification settings, proxy, location of downloaded contents, reading shortcuts and more!

steam

Now Steam is available in Ubuntu Software Center

Now Steam Client is available in Ubuntu Software Center (for 12.04/12.10/11.04/10.04). They had already announced the beta release few months ago, followed by new drivers from Nvidia. So, finally, Gaming is fun :) on Ubuntu/Linux!

steam

Not all cool games are available for GNU/Linux platform, but it’s expected to grow fast :) – here is the list of cool games available for Linux. You can also try few games for free e.g Team Fortress 2.

steam in Ubuntu software-center

Note : There is 50-70% discount on all Steam for Linux games, until Feb 21.

Goldendict

Offline Dictionary Application for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

There are lot of dictionary application for Ubuntu / Linux Mint but most of them works only online. A lot of people prefer to have offline dictionary – because they can use it without any internet connectivity or may be because they have a slow Internet connection (which may results in slower look-up).

Goldendict

Goldendict : Advanced Dictionary software for Ubuntu!

Although, Goldendict has lots of features and many of them depends on Internet connectivity but you can easily install wordnet dictionary database to make it work offline.

Install Godendict on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/ Linux Mint!

sudo apt-get install goldendict goldendict-wordnet

Goldendict has lot of cool features, you can easily customize the sources – add more local dictionary database, add websites (Urban Dictionary, Google Oxford and more!) for look-up, pronunciation support, and more!

Enable forvo pronunciation : Goldendict

Enable Pronunciation with Forvo

Go to Edit -> Dictionaries -> Forvo and enable it. You may have to register and get an API key (free plan is there, up to 500 requests/day) on Forvo.

terminal-shortcuts

Image to Text converter (OCR) for Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Tesseract is the best program for converting image to text, on Ubuntu/Linux. I’ve tried several OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applications but its accuracy is certainly higher than any other applications.

Tesseract is a simple and easy to use command line utility. It’s cross-platform application, and of course – it’s a free and open source software! You can supply various input formats and it can convert into 60+ languages.

Installing Tesseract in Ubuntu / Linux

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr

Further, you can install any language packages if required.

Now, before you start using Tesseract, you need to convert the files (png/jpg) to tif format (input format supported by tesseract). Use the following command (you may need to install imagemagick package) –

convert file_name.png out_file_name.tif

Now, you can try reading the content using Tesseract.

tesseract your_scanned_file.tif output_content

The results will be saved to output_content.txt file. If you want to OCR for other languages then pass it as the additional parameter, specified by -l. (and of course, you would have to first install that language pack)

e.g For scanning images that contains Hindi, Sanskrit text, you can use this command :

tesseract your_scanned_page.tif output_content -l hin

Visit official page for more details about the project.