Category Archives: Ubuntu 12.04

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Eidete – A Screencasting Application that really works on Ubuntu 12.04

In Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) LTS, there are few great applications available for screencasting – such as RecordMyDesktop, Kazam and built in tool (starts/resumes with Ctrl+Alt+Shift+r) in Gnome shell desktop (although it doesn’t record voice) but none of them worked well in Ubuntu 12.04 (with Unity).

Kazam was irritating like hell – when I completed the recording it crashed and I couldn’t save anything (although it was working fine for smaller duration (couple of minutes)), besides that – it was consuming a lot of RAM (so there may be some sort of ‘memory leak’). RecordMyDesktop was also behaving very strange, User Interface is very confusing and it also crashes a lot (resource consumption was also very high, my pc became unresponsive for a while).

Eidete : Screencast Recording Software for Ubuntu

Finally, I tried Eidete – it worked like charm. I’ve recorded more than 6 videos(till now) and there was no problem at all. So if you guys had any problem recording screencasts with Ubuntu, then I recommended you to try Eidete.

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Eidete is a simple application, it has all the basic features such as audio/video options, recording area selection, display mouse behavior and clicks, timer countdown, pause/resume etc. Finally, it saves the screencast into web friendly format (.webm).

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Recording is very easy, after hitting the record button, the recording process starts within 5 seconds (timer). Finally, if you want to finish then click on Eidete Launcher, and click Finish(then you will get a new window for saving the recorded file).

How to Install Eidete in Ubuntu 12.04

Since, it’s not there in official package repository so you need to add the PPA for Eidete. Open a terminal and execute –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/eidete-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install eidete

Recommended Link(s) : 

Eidete on Launchpad

MyPaint - Digital Painting App

Digital Painting Application for Ubuntu (12.04) : MyPaint

GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint etc are becoming most popular among desktop users (even the non-technical users prefer Ubuntu or windows), the user base is growing very fast. When it comes to digital and graphics applications, Ubuntu lacks few cool apps mostly from Adobe (e.g Photoshop, Illustrator etc) but there are good alternatives such as GIMP, Blender, Inkscape, MyPaint etc.

MyPaint – Digital Painting with Ubuntu (Using Wacom)

MyPaint - Digital Painting App

MyPaint is a simple and easy to use application, for digital painters. It comes with a large collection of brushes and most importantly – it works well with wacom graphics tablet (and it’s also pressure sensitive) – which is the largest manufacturer of pen displays devices – graphics tablets.

How to Install MyPaint in Ubuntu 12.04 or (Linux Mint)

Open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install mypaint

Note : Although, you can also use MyPaint from older version of Ubuntu but you are recommended to install (upgrade) 12.04 as it’s the latest stable release (and it’s a Long Term Support release) from Canonical. Unity, the default user interface in 12.04, has also improved a lot – and it looks very promising for new users.

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“Distraction Free Writing” applications/tools for Ubuntu (12.04)

Most of the applications we use daily, have a lot of features but actually most of the features remains unused (in many cases). Those features/options are actually nothing but distraction, specially when it comes to writing (I mean creative writing). I love writing, for a writer – the most important thing is text (not the icons or buttons of the application).

So I prefer distraction free writing apps because it allows me to focus truly on text, nothing else. There are lot of such apps/tools available for Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions – some are also available in software center. Additionally, you can also try apps (e.g Libre Office) in full screen mode for better concentration.

Why Go for a Distraction Free App ?

If you are a writer then here are some advantages –

  • concentration (obviously, due to less distraction)
  • inspiration (there’s nothing but text)
  • creativity
  • productivity
  • and, it’s more fun (and joyful)

Top 3 Distraction Free Apps for Ubuntu

1. Catlooking – When only text counts

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Catlooking has very few options (that’s really good) – that you get in beginning or after the mouse hover to top. The file is automatically saved after few seconds (even if you accidentally close the file or Operating System crashes), later you can export to your hard drive. There are two options for theme – day (the default one, as you can see in screenshot) and night.

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Download and Install Catlooking in Ubuntu (12.04)

Download Catlooking (From Official Website) , then open the *.deb package with Ubuntu Software Center or gdebi package installer, You can also check the Github Page (for latest version).

2. PyRoom – Distraction-less Full Screen Text editor

PyRoom

PyRoom is full screen – distraction free text editor. It has no icons or options in main screen, although there are few keyboard shortcuts to use the features available in pyroom. There are lot of themes available to try, you can even create your own theme (hit Ctrl+p).

Few Keyboard Shortcuts to get started with PyRoom

  • Ctrl+h => Help Manual
  • Ctrl+s => Save
  • Ctrl+p => Settings/Preferences (Fonts, Themes, Autosave, Writing Area etc)

Install PyRoom in Ubuntu

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute –

sudo apt-get install pyroom

3. FocusWriter – Focus on Writing

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FocusWriter is also a distraction free environment for writers, with a some nice features including formatting options and lot more. It’s good if you want more features than the PyRoom or Catlooking. The main icons are hidden during the writing process. So it’s like a LibreOffice in Full Screen Mode, but with less distraction of course.

Install FocusWriter in Ubuntu (12.04)

sudo apt-get install focuswriter

Enjoy Writing :)

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How to Clear DNS Cache in Ubuntu 12.04

DNS – Domain Name System, is one of the core component of web that provides us human friendly domain names, mapped to computer friendly numeric address (called I.P (Internet Protocol) Address). Each time – when you visit a website – your computer/browser performs a DNS query (searching for IP address for the requested domain name (website you visit)).

By default, our computer cache DNS results in order to provide fast lookup in future- and that’s really good (because it’s efficient and saves a lot of resources), but some times it creates a problem specially when a domain gets new IP address(s) (or in other words, the server is changed). In such case the cached result may prevent you from viewing the latest website/app for your domain. So that’s where – flushing the DNS cache results, is mandatory.

There are various ways to clear dns cache in Ubuntu  but using nscd (name service cache daemon) is very simple and straightforward (and it works with almost all – commonly used GNU/Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mint, OpenSuse etc).

Install NSCD Daemon in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install nscd

Clear DNS Cache from terminal

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sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restart

That’s All. If you want to know more about the features of nscd then run the command with -help flag –

nscd -help
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Manage your cooking recipes in Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu has gained a lot of popularity in last few years – and not just among the geeks but also among the common users. This post is all about the cooking applications available for Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions (e.g ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint or RPM distributions such as Fedora) – because  if cooking is your favorite hobby then you may need some apps for managing recipes (On Ubuntu).

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Jack Tripper : From “Three’s Company” (A great sitcom)

As a matter of fact, there are no such great application available for cooking recipes, in Ubuntu 12.04 (You know the reason very well, don’t you ?) but there are two applications that might be worth trying. Although, the project seems to be inactive for months (or years) but you can give it a try.

Cooking Recipes Manager App for Ubuntu/Linux

1. Krecipes

Krecipes is a KDE based application for managing recipes. It has lot of features such as recipes search, shopping list,  import/export of recipes from other formats/databases, etc – and the UI is also very simple and easy to use.

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Install Krecipes

it’s there in Ubuntu Software Center. To install krecipes – either search in Software Center or open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install Krecipes

2. Gourmet Recipe Manager

Gourmet Recipe Manager is another great recipe application – based on Python and GTK. It has all the cool features – that you expect from a recipe manager.

gourmet Recipe Manager

Download Gourmet Recipe Manager (From Official Website)