Krita on Elementary OS

Krita is a stunning, open-source drawing and image editing application that works a lot like Photoshop. Til recently, it hasn’t been available out-of-the-box for Elementary OS. There were certain dependency requirements that couldn’t be met by default, but that’s now been addressed with AppImage!

Check out the bottom of this article for info: Krita 2.9.11 and the second 3.0 alpha build

Get Krita running on Elementary OS

All you need to do to run Krita on Elementary OS now is download the AppImage file (mentioned in the above article), set the properties so it’s executable, then run it. Dead simple!

Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Download kkrita3-prealpha2-3c69a59-x86_64.appimage
  2. Right-click the file and select Properties.
  3. Click the More tab.
  4. Toggle Execute for Owner and Group.
  5. Click the Close button.
  6. Click on the file to run Krita (or right-click the file and select Run).

That’s all there is to it. Finally, Krita for the ultimate OS! 😉

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Krita on Elementary OS

How to defeat Beep Beep Bop!

Professing itself as ‘improved’, the evil perpetrator hijacked the seamless and unbroken experience WordPress.com users had come to love. It proceeded to taunt them … “Beep Beep Bop!”

Okay, nuff with the melodrama. Let’s hijack back our improved posting experience. To get back to the traditional WordPress.com post editor, just go to your blog’s /wp-admin/ section like so:

  • yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin

You can then make your way to the posting options using the dashboard menu or you can get to the post sections quickly as follows:

  • All Posts: yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php
  • Add New Post: yourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

A little clarification

In case the above is confusing, I’m referring to the ‘improved posting experience’ here on WordPress.com.

Edit Post ‹ D0TH N0T C0MPUT3 — WordPress.com
The ‘improved posting experience’.

Here’s how it used to look.

More improved posting experience
The experience from days of yore.

For those accustomed with the traditional editor, there’s really nothing to gain from the new editor, but there’s a new interface to come to grips with. There’s also a huge loss in that it’s not easy to navigate to other admin sections.

Requests for the traditional editor

It’s possible to access the traditional editor, using the details above. But it seems it won’t be the default anymore, at least from what I understand of this support topic:

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-to-permanently-disable-improved-posting-experience

It’s also been discussed at length here:

https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-reinstate-the-option-of-choice-to-use-the-old-publishing-format/

So for those preferring the traditional post editor, the method outlined above is the way to go. For now, it seems Beep Beep Bop is invincible. But we can sneak our way past his evil grasp.

How to defeat Beep Beep Bop!

YouTube with no sound + autoplay = gif!

I mean this very lightly, but using a YouTube video that has no sound, along with the auto-play feature, can sometimes pass instead of using a GIF file.

For example, one site using auto-play with no sound: https://gdevapp.com/

Given the length of the video there, GIF might not be feasible. That YouTube clip provides a better option. It could also potentially draw people in to the YouTube channel for similar videos.

There are lots of cases where GIF will be better, but there are cases like the above where an auto-played YouTube video is optimal.

Aside

Highlight your code here on WordPress.com

I’ve seen people posting code here on WordPress.com, yet without the code being highlighted. It’s incredibly helpful to have the code higlighted though, it distinguishes it from other content.

Fortunately, WordPress.com has made it very easy to highlight code, just surround the code with Wordpress.com - code shortcode shortcodes. Here’s a quick walkthrough:

A quick example

As an example, if you have some Visual Basic code to post, you could add it like so:

Wordpress.com - code highlighting

And WordPress will render it like this:

Function getColor(ByVal number As Integer) As String
   Dim result As String
   If (number = 1) Then
       result = "red";
   Else
       result = "green";
   End If
   return result
End Function

The shortcode supports all the popular programming languages too. Here are the official details about it: https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/posting-source-code/

I hope more people will use it, makes it much easier for readers to see what’s going on, plus it looks real pertty! 🙂

Highlight your code here on WordPress.com

Cool themes for Cool Retro Term

They’re actually called ‘profiles’ in Cool Retro Term. Oh, and in case you weren’t aware, this is Cool Retro Term …

That was my personal intro for this beautiful, little beast of a terminal app. Sorry to say, it’s only for Linux and Mac OSX. No worries though, Window’s command prompt looks abysmally old already!

So where are them themes?

Oh yeah! So I’ve finally exported several of my own profiles and posted them to GitHub. They’re as follows:

crt-asciinema-green.json

The one I’ve used for some neat, little asciinema recordings.

Asciinema Green theme for Cool Retro Term

CRT-DOS-FEOS.JSON

Similar to the built-in DOS theme, this one’s just a tidbit clearer, enough so you can more easily see your pretty QBasic graphics.

DOS Feos theme for Cool Retro Term

CRT-REAL-PRETTY.JSON

It’s pretty, real pretty. Nuff said.

Real Pretty theme for Cool Retro Term

CRT-your-so-transparent.JSON

Your like, totally see through!

You're SO Transparent theme for Cool Retro Term

How do I make my terminal look this pretty?

Easy! Just install Cool Retro Term, it’s totally free. Info for installing it on Elementary OS and other Ubuntus here: https://ugotsta.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/install-cool-retro-term-in-elementary-os/

If you’re on a Mac, no problem. Just donate your Mac to me and I’ll do a screencast of how to install it. 😉

How do I use these themes?

Easy. Just:

  1. Right-click the “view raw” link under any of the theme codes above, then select “Save target as…“.
  2. Save that file on your computer.
  3. Open CRT (wicked cool acronym, eh?) and go to Edit > Settings > Import then select that file to import it.

Feel free to ask any questions. Cheers!

Cool themes for Cool Retro Term

The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

I post a lot of WordPress code and related stuff so I figured I should take a moment to mention, the code would be strictly for the WordPress.org self-hosted platform. Different from that, WordPress.com is a blog-hosting service utilizing the platform by the same name, which they created and open-sourced.

For a much more detailed breakdown of the differences see: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com-2015/

I hope that’s not too confusing. When working at WPMU DEV, we got some requests for refunds because people purchased plugins that they couldn’t use here on WordPress.com blogs. So I’m thinking it might be helpful to have more references like this short post.

Cheers!

The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org