I know there is a lot of interest of using NoteTab on Linux, here are
some notes I took of a little journey this evening. I hit a few rough
patches, mostly of my own creation. These are rough notes, I have my
process and notes, ahas, and results. There are a few things that
appear not to work, but is most likely due to the older version of Red
Hat Linux (7.2) and WINE that is over a year old.
I hope this is useful. If I have time (Ha!) I will play some more and
share the results. This is more fun than the work I should have
brought home. ;-)
NOTE: I built a clip with the ^!URL command to launch Yahoo Groups in
Linux to write this message online. (cool!)
Below is the text of what I intended to be a web page to post online,
but did not have time to dig into doing it that way....
Test Page Done by NoteTab In RedHat Linux 7.2
When first starting NoteTab via WINE it is quite slow, but if you exit
and re-start NoteTab, it is blazing fast. Since Linux does not have a
problem being running all the time, this is a bonus.
It runs clips ok, but the text portion of the editor shows a blinking
cursor about 20 to 50 spaces over from where it really is. This makes
it hard to judge where to insert if needed. I just used the HTML clip
to make this quick page. I only have NotePro 4.91, so I do not know if
4.95 would be any better.
The spell check feature works. Some clip libraries with leading
underscores do not seem to want to work. Leading ! is fine. Those with
spaces in the name have a problem and will not start. Also those with
underscores in the middle of the clip library name do not work. Those
with leading numbers do work. Highlighting words does odd things, if
only part of the word is highlighted, the non-highlighted parts appear
to have spaces added where the highlight ends. It will not launch the
default browser, not sure yet how to get around this.
Good News! - I figured it out! I first off did not have a browser set
up in the INI! duh! Go to View -> Options click the Internet Tab, and
enter the path to the desired web browser, for example, I used
"Z:\usr\local\mozilla\mozilla." without the quotes. Since WINE mimics
the Windows environment, it uses a drive letter within NoteTab, but
the drive gets assigned by WINE, I believe.
The only problem I have seen is that Mozilla/Linux does not know how
to handle viewing the files open in NoteTab, due to the drive letter
and colon sent by WINE. The good news is that the ^!URL command can
launch a web site. I imagine that any other browser in Linux would
work too. Part of the problem, I discovered is that the real path of
the file is: "file:///home/larry/wine/linux_notetab_test.htm", this is
what was sent to Mozilla: "file:///Y|/wine/linux_notetab_test.htm". I
have not tried tweaking Browsers.dat, since it will not let Mozilla
open two instances of the same user. I know it can open multiple tabs,
just need to figure out the settings.
Based on the Mozilla experience, one should be able to get NoteTab to
launch just about any program. Since it interfaces nicely with Perl, I
am curious to see if this will work. I did try to send email, but no
way to tell it the default email client to use off the menu, perhaps
with a clip and the ^!Email command? Lots of interesting possibilities....
I forgot to mention earlier that the HTML syntax highlighting works.
I have NotePad in a Wine directory under my user name with the NoteTab
NotePro looks weird when maximized, the editor window is small and has
about 2 inches of blank gray to the right and bottom, and I cannot
drag to change the size of the Clip Assistant or ClipBook.
The pasteboard feature highlights the tab, but does not paste in the
copied items. I changed the size of the font and the odd "feature" of
the cursor being too far to the right of its actual position vanished.
I Changed it to Courier 12 Regular. WINE has built-in support for a
limited number of fonts.
I also figured this out. I copied in something from another location,
Linux, at least RH 7.2 does not do a directory copy in GUI like
Windows, it replaces the directory and contents, rather than just add
new stuff and ask about duplicates. I blew away the clip libraries and
clipbars. I had to kill the process, but surprisingly is save the INI
settings! Must be another Linux difference.
One problem is that I cannot get NoteTab to exit. Not sure what to do
about that. I also cannot view the chm style help files. It did offer
to download the hlp sytle help. Not sure yet if it will work. I read
somewhere that Linux supports chm files, but I have not found what to
do to make it work.
I was able to create a new OTL file, but could not add anything to it.
It must have something to do with the support of Windows controls in
WINE. (Wrong again, it was the fact that I overwrote my clipbars, and
it flaked out NotePro. Whe I cam back in I could create and add topics
to the OTL. The first one did not save. The links work and the
brackets highlight!!) The version of WINE I have is from October 31,
2002, so it has undergone a lot of improvement since. I will try
updating my version of WINE and see if that helps. I did get it to
paste when I clicked the clipboard paste icon on the toolbar.
I just discovered that my NoteTab commandline creation clip will
launch another instance of NoteTab within WINE! Cool!
I had not done much with NoteTab in Linux until now, but am very
pleased with the results so far. I think with a newer version of Linux
and WINE, there will be much better results, but I do not have time to
do that anytime soon. I find myself in a familiar position, I check
into a neat new gizmo and lose track of the time.... Well Off to bed!