Atom’s Back

I finally had a moment to investigate why Atom was refusing to let me type on the pages of my current WIP. It turns out that it must of been some kind of bug in the file system reader. I opened a different folder and then closed Atom and reopened it. Then I opened the novel folders and suddenly things were back to normal. Strange. I suppose it had something to do with using Dropbox folders and the fact that I rarely close programs. So my new SOP is to close Atom after I finish a writing sprint.

While Atom was down, I used Bluefish HTML editor to write Corvette. But that was only for a few sprints. Happy to report no problems using Bluefish or reading the newly created files with a working Atom editor. So for today’s lunchtime sprint, I’m back in the saddle again and raring to write. Below is a screenshot from the Bluefish webpage. Still one of the best HTML editors on Linux.


Android Apps for Writers – Dropbox

Recently my only laptop went down and had to be sent to the shop for repairs. I was right in the middle of a new short story. At best it meant no writing for a week or two, at worst it meant the story was completely gone due to a bad hard drive. But I was using Dropbox and so all I had to do was walk over to my Linux box and open the story file to keep on writing.  Because I was saving the story to Dropbox, a cloud based server, I could access the story from any computer.

Dropbox offers two gigs of space for free, which is all any writer needs for works in progress. You can access your documents from any web connected computer and or phone. The android app version works perfectly and lets you look at you story as if it were formatted for Word. If you write in a different program, like OOo, you have to save as a .doc in order to see it on Android. This will be true until Androffice gets the Write clone working.

There are native Dropbox clients for Linux, Mac and Windows. There are also clients for Android, Blackberry, iPhone and iPad.