How to install draftman
on Ubuntu

draftman

draftman

Spencer Seidel (jsseidel)

A plain-text draft management tool for novelists.

Draftman is a simple, plain-text document-management system for writers. This is the Linux GTK+ 3 version. I created Draftman for myself.

Most writing software focuses on the editor. Sometimes, this can be a problem. For example, I love the organizational and conversion features of Scrivener, but I don't like that it is designed from the ground up to use formatted text in the form of RTF files. I prefer to write in Markdown using editors of my own choosing

  • Editor agnostic. Write using an editor of your choice.
  • Plain text only. Keep yourself focused on the words and not the formatting.
  • Files are never deleted. Uses a trashcan system to move unwanted files away, but still keeps them available. Just in case.
  • Works with any cloud system (e.g. Dropbox, GoogleDrive, SpiderOak Hive) that supports access to a folder on your file system (e.g. /home/foobar/Dropbox/MyWritingProjects/AmericanNovel).
  • 100% Free and Open Source
  • Corruption of Draftman projects is unlikely since everything is plain text. Fixing something that breaks is easy enough anyway.
  • Add, edit, rename, include, exclude files
  • Auto-refreshing word counts
  • Compiles project files into single text files
  • Opens the last project worked on, so you can easily pick up where you left off
  • Automatically detects when files are removed or added outside a draftman session, so you can remove or add files manually from a tablet while traveling, for example
  • Chapter/Scene sequence numbering

Namegen (https://snapcraft.io/namegen) makes for a great companion app.

Details for draftman

License
Apache-2.0
Last updated
7 August 2019

Enable snaps on Ubuntu and install draftman

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions.

Enable snapd

If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or later, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) and Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), you don’t need to do anything. Snap is already installed and ready to go.

For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.

Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:

sudo apt update sudo apt install snapd

Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

Install draftman

To install draftman, simply use the following command:

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