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  • Dmitry Shachnev

    Dmitry Shachnev - 2012-09-10

    First, this is up to the operating system to disable the window when it has active dialogs. For example, in GNOME Shell it's impossible to open two print preview dialogs.

    Second, users may want to open two different dialogs with different content to compare them.

  • Kurt Woodham

    Kurt Woodham - 2012-08-31

    Hi Dmitry, I continue to find myself using ReText more and more. I have a small netbook running Linux Mint - and really need as much vertical space as possible for the text area. So the first thing I do after starting ReText is disable the file and edit toolbars. This only takes a few seconds, but it would be great it I only had to set it once and the layout was persistent. Would you consider adding a "disable toolbars by default" to the config file? Thanks! - Kurt

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2012-09-10

      Done in 4.0 Git. Now you can add hideToolBar=true to your configuration file and the toolbar won't be shown.

      • Kurt Woodham

        Kurt Woodham - 2012-09-18

        Beautiful - Thanks Dmitry

  • Anonymous - 2012-10-07

    I am missing something. I want to install on Centos 5.8. I don't know python. I have not been able to figure out the install. I downloaded and expanded ReText_3.1.3.tar.gz (sadly it doesn't create a sub-directory and I had to manually move everything somewhere safe.

    Also, I don't see any documentation.

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2012-10-09

      You can use ReText without installing it, just install the needed modules and run retext.py which is in the tarball. Check also our Quick Start Guide.

      Starting with 4.0, you can also use setup.py file for building and installing it (and there is a sub-directory in the archive).

  • Anonymous - 2012-10-27

    Hi Dmitry
    I like your great program (made a posting in Libertree :)) but I don't get the highlighting feature.
    You said in http://sourceforge.net/p/retext/wiki/Home/#6d2a/f578 it will be in 3.x.
    I installed 3.1 before - now tried the git 4.0 version, but don't get it.
    What I miss?
    I use Linuxmint Debian (testing) with Mate (~Gnome2)


    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2012-10-28


      In the current stable version (3.1), these things are highlighted:

      • HTML tags, symbols and comments;
      • Bold and italics text;
      • Markdown headers (### Some title);
      • Markdown links and images.

      If someone doesn't work for you, can you please provide a screenshot? Note that bold text and headers may not work with some fonts (just try setting editorFont to something custom), but HTML tags should work always.

      • Tim

        Tim - 2012-10-29

        Thank you
        now it works and looks like this:


        bigger screenshot 1024x635

  • Anonymous - 2013-01-05

    When I installed ReText on my Ubuntu partition, it came with a spell checker, and menu options to implement it in the Edit menu.

    However, when I installed it in Windows, I saw no spell check menu options. Are there spellcheck dictionaries for ReText in Windows. If so, where to I find them, and how do I install them, or how do I make them work with ReText? I'm using Windows 7, ReText 4.0 and want to spell check in U.S. English.


  • Anonymous - 2013-01-05

    I found the answer to my Windows spell checking question. I clicked on the link for dependencies. I found the link to PyEnchant. I installed PyEnchant using the Windows installer and my spellchecker suddenly appeared. All is right with the world.

  • Anonymous - 2013-02-15

    I installed ReText in ubuntu 12.04 downloading the files from sourceforge, the install process was without error but now I down know how to execute ReText.

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-02-15

      Please do not use SourceForge tarball, use PPA instead.

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mitya57
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install retext

      This will install ReText 3.1. Replace ppa:mitya57 with ppa:mitya57/retext-beta if you want ReText 4.

  • Anonymous - 2013-02-16

    Thanks, How I unistall the tarball now?

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-02-17

      How did you install it? In most cases

      sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python*/*-packages/ReText*

      should do it. We will maybe support installing from tarball in one of future releases, but distro packages are still the recommended way.

  • Anonymous - 2013-02-17

    I Installed with

    sudo python setup.py install

    in the folder were uncompress tarball

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-02-17

      OK, so just run the command I mentioned above.

  • Anonymous - 2013-02-17

    Ok Thank you very much!

  • Anonymous - 2013-03-09

    First: nice work, thanks for this.
    Second: how can I change the UI language (on Linux)

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-03-09

      Setting LC_ALL should work, i.e.

      LC_ALL=uk_UA.UTF-8 retext
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-28

    When will the main ppa be updated with version 4? I installed and got version 3.1.4, then tried to update to teh beta ppa and got an error:

    Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/mitya57/retext-beta/ubuntu/dists/lucid/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz 404 Not Found

    I'm on Ubuntu 10.04

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-03-29

      No, ReText 4 doesn’t run on Ubuntu 10.04. Also, 10.04 support term ends in a month so I don’t think there will be any further updates for that version.

  • Anonymous - 2013-07-01

    How do I embed custom styles from file when exporting file to html?

    • Dmitry Shachnev

      Dmitry Shachnev - 2013-07-02

      If you have the CSS file with the same basename as your document file (i.e. myfile.mkd + myfile.css), ReText (≥ 4.0) will add a link to HTML file automatically.

  • Anonymous - 2013-08-03

    Thanks for the brilliant application - great for building a decent set of study notes (Evernote's formatting was driving me nuts!)
    My only problem is formatting lists, and especially nested lists.
    I've looked at a number of syntax guides, but can't figure out why I sometimes end up with a blank line between the bullet point from the original list and the nested list, and then other times it is "tight", with no gap.

    - History most useful:
        - Onset - very unlikely after 2 hours
        - Resolution - brief
    - Skin prick tests + Spec IgE:
        - Positive control >3mm
        - Positive test >3mm

    On this sourceforge box the above text looks like this:

    • History most useful:
      • Onset - very unlikely after 2 hours
      • Resolution - brief
    • Skin prick tests + Spec IgE:
      • Positive control >3mm
      • Positive test >3mm

    But in the ReText preview that same Markdown has a blank line between the line starting "Skin prick..." and "Positive control...", but no gap between "History..." and "Onset...". Also there is no gap between the line starting "Resolution..." and "Skin prick...", so it makes the second nested list look like it is hanging out separate from the associated main list point.
    I don't know why the sourceforge renderer puts a blank line between the two main bullet points either, but it looks tidy!

    Sorry I know it is pretty trivial, but it is driving me nuts trying to tell get consistent looking lists and nested lists!
    Thanks for your help

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