Plain text with lines
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, optionally with a file path to edit.
Alternatively, turn it into a .love file you can double-click on:
$ zip -r /tmp/lines.love *.lua
By default, lines.love reads/writes the file
a directory relative to this app.
To open a different file, drop it on the lines.love window.
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
- mouse drag or
shift+ movement to select text,
ctrl+ato select all
ctrl+eto modify the sources
For shortcuts while editing drawings, consult the online help. Either:
- hover on a drawing and hit
- click on a drawing to start a stroke and then press and hold
hto see your options at any point during a stroke.
lines.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. lines.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:
- A long series of drawings will get silently skipped when you hit page-down, until a line of text can be showed on screen.
- If there's no line of text at the top of the file, you may not be able to scroll back up to the top with page-up.
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.
Mirrors and Forks
Updates to lines.love can be downloaded from the following mirrors in addition to the website above:
- https://nest.pijul.com/akkartik/lines.love (using the Pijul version control system)
Forks of lines.love are encouraged. If you show me your fork, I'll link to it here.
- https://github.com/akkartik/lines-polygon-experiment -- an experiment that
uses separate shortcuts for regular polygons.
ctrl+4for squares, etc.
- https://git.sr.ht/~akkartik/text.love -- a stripped down version without drawings; useful starting point for some forks
- https://git.sr.ht/~akkartik/pensieve.love -- a note-taking app on an infinite 2D surface. Still in development.
- https://git.sr.ht/~akkartik/capture.love -- a blank-slate mode for the note-taking app, so all the stuff pensieve.love puts on screen doesn't cause you to forget what you came to write down.
- https://codeberg.org/akkartik/lines2md exports lines.love files to Markdown and (non-editable) SVG.
- https://git.sr.ht/~akkartik/lines2html.love exports lines.love files to html and inline SVG.