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WordRider v0.54 Released
Posted by Michael on 16 January 2005, 04:44 GMT

One well-developed and useful program that has been on our site in earlier versions for quite some time is WordRider. WordRider is a graphical editor for the computer that aids in the creation of text documents designed for later on-calc viewing with the great TxtRider program for the 89/92+. WordRider is a WYSIWYG editor that supports many features such as pictures, fonts, et cetera. Essentially it's like Microsoft Word for the calculator. Best of all, it's open source under the GPL license. The WordRider Homepage is full of information and documenation, including screenshots for the curious. WordRider requires Windows 2000/XP or Linux.

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Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Marty McNeal Account Info

Wow. Nice. It's almost too good to be true. What's the catch? :)

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 05:33 GMT

Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Barrett Anderson Account Info
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A $699 licensing fee.

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 07:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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That is a big catch!

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 09:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Vity  Account Info
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Barret is joking. It's for free of course ;-).

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 10:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Jan Tichava Account Info

$699 is the difference between MS Word and WordRider ;-)

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 10:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Crap I forgot my smiley face. :-/

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 21:50 GMT


Crap, a very important subject
Marty McNeal Account Info

You also forgot to put a comma after crap. ;P
*as Stewie of Family Guy* "HA! Victory is mine!!"

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 22:03 GMT


Re: Crap, a very important subject
Sam Kumar Account Info
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lol, but morgan, dont forget the smiley again...:)

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 20:04 GMT


Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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The catch is that, while it is itself Open Source / Free Software, it requires the proprietary Java VM to run. (I haven't checked whether it works with GCJ/GIJ, but the author says it relies heavily on Swing internals, so I doubt it.)

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 22:56 GMT


The Java Trap
David Phillips  Account Info
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See the URL for this comment.

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 14:39 GMT


Re: The Java Trap
Marty McNeal Account Info

I see. It's a nasty trap too! I've had similar trouble with using free software, and finding out that the part that I need requires another part to be paid for. It's a very common problem that never fails to piss me off. >:(

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 15:05 GMT


Re: Re: The Java Trap
CajunLuke  Account Info

Mmmm... I've never had this problem.

Reply to this comment    18 January 2005, 22:42 GMT

Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Lionel Debroux Account Info
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txtrider is a good program, but it needs a kernel. A while ago, I saw it crash all the time on my classmates' calculators, but a good part of the problems are definitely due to dirty DoorsOS, which they used.
Hib-Text and Hib-View don't need a kernel, but Hib-View is known as unstable.

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 10:21 GMT


Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Vity  Account Info
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Both TxtRider and Hibview works fine with modern PreOS kernel.
I didn't encounter any problems.

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 13:06 GMT

Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
artraid  Account Info
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I don't mean to be an ass, but why not just use MS Word and the NoteFolio APP? Oh, right, you have to pay for Notefolio... unless you bought a TI Keyboard or an 89T. :P

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 16:51 GMT

Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Coolv  Account Info
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Txtrider has formatted text support, et cetera...

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 18:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
W Hibdon  Account Info
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Yes! et cetra! Great feature!

-W-

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 20:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Coolv  Account Info
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Et cetera is the best implemented feature to date!
I can't stop using it!
:P

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 21:26 GMT

Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
CajunLuke  Account Info

No you don't. Notefolio is free for all calcs, and the MS Word converter is free, too. For those w/o MS Word, there is a standalone viewer and converter. But, like WordRider (and everything else), it is only for Windows and maybe Linux. No Mac support. Except TI-Connect proper (in which case the Mac version is better than the Windows version).

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 19:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
CajunLuke  Account Info

And yes, I checked: the .jar binary does not work on Mac OS X. I'm going to play with the sources some, but I'm not that good with Java. (I have Java 2 1.4.2_05).

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 20:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: WordRider v0.54 Released
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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So far for "write once run anywhere"... TIGCC is written in C and it works fine on OS X. The Java stuff is supposed to just work, but looks like it doesn't...

Reply to this comment    22 January 2005, 14:42 GMT


WordRider, better then MS Word and Notefolio, or just a Mac option?
Marty McNeal Account Info

Does anyone know HOW to use MS Word to put pictures WITH text? Can color pictures be easily converted into the notefolio files as black and white, of the appropriate definition? Does notefolio even handle text with pictures? Does greyscale work in this anywhere? Are my questions all just stupid, or do some of them make make a little sense?
:( I'm very confused.

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 22:19 GMT

}:(>
Marty McNeal Account Info

Geeze, I doubled my "make"s. I AM confuzed!!

Reply to this comment    16 January 2005, 22:22 GMT


Re: WordRider, better then MS Word and Notefolio, or just a Mac option?
Coolv  Account Info
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No pics or grayscale in Notefolio! :/
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--Sorry--
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Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 03:30 GMT

Re: Re: WordRider, better then MS Word and Notefolio, or just a Mac option?
Coolv  Account Info
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The "sorry" is screwed up! >:(

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 03:31 GMT


Re: >:(
Marty McNeal Account Info

What was it supposed to look like?

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 04:02 GMT


Re: Re: >:(
Coolv  Account Info
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Oh my!

It seems to have been repaired!

I am very confused! :(

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 21:27 GMT


3 Re: >:(
Marty McNeal Account Info

Wecome to the club. Just remember that I started it. ;P

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 21:46 GMT


Less Confused Now
Marty McNeal Account Info

Didn't think so. I read txtrider's readme and understand slightly more now. I'll have to try this thing before I ask any more questions. I don't want to sound like a complete idiot ALL of the time. ;)

Reply to this comment    17 January 2005, 04:00 GMT

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