WordGrinder: a word processor for processing words

New! v0.5.1 released! Major release! Overhauled Windows port (it's now actually usable); new page count feature; new widescreen monitor support; many, many bug fixes and tweaks; and a big new feature: bold text!

What?

WordGrinder is a Unicode-aware character cell word processor that runs in a terminal (or a Windows console). It is designed to get the hell out of your way and let you get some work done.

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WordGrinder is a word processor for processing words. It is not WYSIWYG. It is not point and click. It is not a desktop publisher. It is not a text editor. It does not do fonts and it barely does styles. What it does do is words. It's designed for writing text. It gets out of your way and lets you type.

The author wrote it to have something to write novels on.

Features you might like:

Disclaimer: WordGrinder is beta software. It's under development and it has bugs. While it seems pretty solid in the author's experience, if you use it for real data it will probably crash, wipe it all, and shoot your dog. Use and enjoy, but with care.

Where?

WordGrinder is hosted on SourceForge.

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You can get the most recent version of WordGrinder from the project download page.

If you are a Windows user, you will want the Windows installer. Simply run this and it should do the rest.

If you are a Unix user (or, probably, OSX), you will want the source package called wordgrinder-X.X.tar.bz2. You'll have to build this yourself. Decompress it somewhere and read the README.

If you want assistance, or wish to make comments, suggestions, feature requests or simpy want to talk about it, then you're welcome to join the mailing list.

How?

Note to Windows users: this section only applies if you want to compile WordGrinder from source, which you probably don't.

WordGrinder is written in a combination of C and Lua. This means you have to have Lua installed if you want to compile it. It also makes extensive use of Unicode, which means you'll need a Unicode-aware version of ncurses. Full instructions are included in the README.

When building for Windows, I cross-compile from Linux using MinGW (a much friendlier way of doing it than using native Windows tools, believe me). Nevertheless, you should still be able to use Cygwin to build natively.

Depending on whether your OS has them packaged for you, you may need to compile the following packages:

Debian and Ubuntu have all the necessary requirements pre-packaged. (That's what the author wrote it on.)

What's new?

WordGrinder 0.5.1: 2013-12-06: Major overhaul: fixed hideous file corruption bug; much improved Windows text renderer; bold; page count; widescreen mode; UI style overhaul; many other minor bugfixes. Many thanks to Connor Karatzas for extensive Windows testing.

WordGrinder 0.4.1: 2013-04-14: Minor bugfixes and build optimisation in aid of the Debian package.

Version 0.4: 2013-03-24: Major overhaul: OpenDocument import/export, new much smaller file format, a proper Windows port, updated to Lua 5.2, switched away from Prime Mover to make (sob), much bug fixage.

Version 0.3.3, 2009-12-13: Fixed a bug when searching for or replacing strings containing multiple whitespace characters (that was triggering the crash handler). Thanks to lostnbronx for the report. Added RAW and PRE paragraph styles. Cleaned up HTML import. Add customisability to HTML export. Relicensed to MIT.

Version 0.3.2, 2008-11-03: Fixed a very simple and very stupid typo that caused a crash if you tried to turn autosave on. Added a simple exception handler to try and prevent data loss on error in the future.

Version 0.3.1, 2008-09-08: Minor bugfix revision to correct a few minor but really embarrassing crashes in 0.3: no crash on HTML import, no crash on File->New. Also some minor cosmetic fixes I noticed while doing the work.

Version 0.3, 2008-09-07: New version released with a silly number of bug fixes, and lots of new features (like the table of contents, the scrapbook, the autosaver, etc). Also a Windows version.

Version 0.2, 2008-01-13: New version released with many, many bug fixes, and a few new features (like a running word count).

Version 0.1, 2007-10-14: First useful release!

Who?

WordGrinder was written by David Given. The program is freely distributable under the terms of the MIT License.