Refer to Part 1 here
Here are various other tricks Jay talks about, in his presentation.
Makes pretty bullets in
spacemacs already comes with this
package. No additional work needed. Off course, you can customize the
bullets to your liking, but I am pretty happy with the defaults.
notmuch for emails
Jay doesn’t show
notmuch but makes a comment about it. I looked at
it, but I think my use case is bit different. I would rather have
mutt , than something just searches and outsources
sending and receiving to other programs or libraries.
I was amazed to see that emacs lets you search google from within
(without opening up the browser)
spacemacs lets you initiate a search
(but opens the results in a browser) Try
SPC s w g
This is like a autohotkey program some of you might have used. As a
writer, Jay uses it extensively. He shows his
abbrevs_defs file, which
is huge. Jay used abbreviation bq to insert
+END_QUOTE pair. may be it was a snippet (
yasnippet ??) I couldn’t
Jay says that if someone wants to move away from MS Word (he is very
unhappy with MS Word as a “writer’s tool” (Hence the need to combine
workflowy with scrivener, refer to previous Part 1) he would recommend
this program to them rather than uphill learning curve of Emacs. I
looked at it, but the program doesn’t seem to be updated in at least
couple of years. Plus there is a
deft mode in emacs, which I think is
Jay shows a screen play. Apparently
fountain-mode is a standard
(text-based) file format, understood by others tools as well.
counts number of syllables in the line, shows words rhyme. with the word under cursor I was blown away to see the demo.
org-mac link grabber
I couldn’t catch the details. This essentially does a lot of things like capture the URL from the browser, and inserts it into an org-mode file, with the text and URL. This is useful for references.
[Update: 2016-06-21 : Here you go]
Which emacs (distribution) do you use ?
Jay settled on railwaycat emacs after trying
aquamacs It has a lot of
OSX specific functionality like :
- pinch to zoom
- swipe to navigate between frames
spacemacs documentation already
distribution, turns out I was already using it but didn’t know the cool
Setting the title of the window
Out of the box, my Emacs window has a boring title like
of the filename (Turns out I had not noticed that.) Seems like there is
a variable for “fix” that.
Shows the demo of how to move thru the relevant buffers/file. He has
configured it such that buffers like
*Messages* are not part of the
config files in org-mode
So that they can be well documented/shared. This can be done via
org-babel, although being a beginner, I am yet to do that myself.
I want to Thank Jay for this presentation, and thoughtbot for sharing this video with us.
It is inspiring to see a “non programmer” use emacs so “ably”. As a non-programmer, he brings in a unique point of view.
It is also comforting (for a emacs beginner like myself) that if a
non-programmer can make so many customizations, solely depending on the
kindness of the emacs community at large, then deciding to learn emacs
after being a
vim user for 20 years ain’t bad choice.