Zim text editor 0.57 adds LilyPond and Zeitgeist plugins
With the release of version 0.57, Zim developer Jaap Karssenberg has reworked the side panes in his graphical text editor, while also improving existing plugins and adding new ones. Written in Python using GTK+ libraries, Zim maintains a collection of locally stored wiki pages, each of which can contain simple formatting, as well as links to other pages, images and attachments. Pages are stored as plain text with wiki formatting and the software can be expanded with various plugins, such as a spell checker and an equation editor.
The side panes in Zim 0.57 now allow plugins to be positioned on any side of the window, and the attachment browser, calendar and task list plugins have all been improved. A new plugin for the LilyPond sheet music editor that lets users insert music scores in a Zim document has been added, as has a plugin for Zeitgeist integration. Zeitgeist is a logging engine that can be used to track document metadata and actions on a user's computer. That data can then be used to dynamically populate lists and menus based on context.
Other changes to Zim include the addition of an option to export to ReST, simplified configuration of external applications, and localisation fixes. Karssenberg notes that the update also corrects a critical bug in the version control plugin.
Further information about Zim can be found on the project's FAQ page and in the User Manual. Zim 0.57 is available to download as source code for self-compilation or as a .deb package for Ubuntu; at the time of writing, the Zim Desktop Wiki Installer for Windows has yet to be updated to the new version. Zim is licensed under the GPLv2.