It was released on Tuesday, May 10th ReText 6.0, a version that includes useful new features, such as the ability to scroll the text automatically to match its position in the editor if we use Markdown or has improved the response of the editor thanks to now the conversion of the mark is done in a background process. For those of you who don’t know, ReText is an editor for Markdown and reStructuredText that offers real-time preview, tabs, math formulas, and can export to PDF, ODT, and HTML.
ReText is available for Linux, however can be used on Windows and Mac if your instructions are followed GitHub page official. There is also more information about ReText, such as an explanation for activating and using additional features for Markdown using Markdown syntax extensions, how to use Markdown’s mathematical formulas in ReText, its settings, and more from the page ReText wiki.
How to install ReText on Ubuntu (and other Debian derivatives)
As usual, ReText is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but have not yet added the latest version, being only versions 5.3 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 5.2 for Ubuntu 15.10 and 4.1.3 for Ubuntu 14.04. If you want to install the official repository version and wait for them to add version 6.0 to upgrade, you need to open a terminal and type the command:
sudo apt install retext
If you want to install ReText 6.0, you will need to add the necessary repositories and a little more, which is done by opening a terminal and typing the following:
sudo apt remove retext sudo apt install python3-pip python3-pyqt5 pip3 install retext --user sed -i "s|Exec=.*|Exec=$HOME/.local/bin/retext %F|" ~/.local/share/applications/me.mitya57.ReText.desktop sed -i "s|Icon=.*|Icon=$HOME/.local/share/retext/icons/retext.png|" ~/.local/share/applications/me.mitya57.ReText.desktop
If you later want to upgrade ReText, you must use the following command:
pip3 install retext --user --upgrade
As you can see, it’s not that hard to use the latest version of ReText but if you’re not in a hurry for any of the new features, I think it’s best to use the version that is available in the official versions, for convenience. If you decide to install ReText 6.0, feel free to leave your experiences in the comments.