Ted 2.17 review

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Ted is a text processor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 2797K
Developer: Mark de Does
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Ted is a text processor running under X Windows on Unix/Linux systems. Ted was developed as a standard easy word processor, having the role of Wordpad on MS-Windows. Since then, Ted has evolved to a real word processor that still has the same easy appearance as the original.

The possibility to type a letter, a note or a report on a Unix/Linux machine is clearly missing. Only too often, you have to turn to MS-Windows machine to write a letter or a document. Ted was made to make it possible to edit rich text documents on Unix/Linux in a wysiwyg way. RTF files from Ted are fully compatible with MS-Word. Additionally, Ted also is an RTF to PostScript and an RTF to Acrobat PDF converter.

Compatibility with popular MS-Windows applications played an important role in the design of Ted. Every document produced by Ted fully compatible with MS-Word without any loss of formatting or information.

Compatibility in the other direction is more difficult to achieve. Ted supports many of the formatting features of the Microsoft applications. Other formatting instructions and meta information are ignored.1 By ignoring unsupported formatting Ted tries to get the complete text of a document on screen or to the printer.

Ted can be used to read formatted e-mail sent from a Windows machine to Unix, to print an RTF document, or to convert it to Acrobat PDF format. Below we explain how to configure Ted as an RTF viewer in Netscape and how to convert an RTF document to PDF with Ted and GhostScript.

I hope that you will find Ted useful. Please report the bugs you find, such that I can fix them.

Here are some key features of "Ted":
Wysiwyg rich text editing. You can use all fonts for which you have an .afm file and that are available as an X11 font. Ted is delivered with .afm files for the Adobe fonts that are available on Motif systems and in all postscript printers: Times, Helvetica, Courier and Symbol. Other fonts can be added with the normal X11 procedure. Font properties like bold and italic are supported; so is underlining and are subscripts and superscripts.
Ted uses Microsoft RTF as its native file format. Microsoft Word and Wordpad can read files produced by Ted. Usually Ted can read .rtf files from Microsoft Word and Wordpad. As Ted does not support all features of Word, some formatting information might be lost.
In line bitmap and windows metafile pictures.
PostScript printing of the document and its illustrations. Saved PostScript files contain pdfmarks that are converted to hyperlinks when they are converted to Acrobat PDF.
Spelling checking in twelve Latin languages.
Directly mailing documents from Ted. Mail in HTML format is a multipart message that contains all images hyperlinks and footnotes.
Cut/Copy/Paste, also with other applications.
Ruler: Paragraph indentation, Indentation of first line, Tabs. Copy/Paste Ruler.
Page breaks.
Page headers and footers. Page numbers in page headers and page footers.
Tables: Insert Table, Row, Column. Changing the column width of tables with their ruler.
Symbols and accented characters are fully supported.
Hyperlinks and bookmarks.
Footnotes and endnotes.
Colored backgrounds and table borders.
Saving a document in HTML format.
Probably the best illustration of what you can do with Ted is its documentation that has been made with Ted.

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