Add a Word Count Feature to Tomboy

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Aug 10, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

If you use Tomboy as a drafting tool, a word count can come in handy in many situations. While Tomboy doesn't offer this functionality out of the box, you can easily add it using the Tomboy-Wordcount add-in. Although it's distributed only as a source package, compiling it is not particularly complicated. First off, you have to install two packages: gnome-sharp2 and mono-gmcs . On Ubuntu, you can do this using the sudo apt-get install gnome-sharp2 mono-gmcs command. Grab the latest version of the add-in from the project's Web site, and unpack the downloaded archive. In the terminal switch to the resulting directory, and run the make install command. Once the compilation process is completed, you'll find a compiled Wordcount.dll add-in in the original directory. Move it to /.config/tomboy/addins .

Run Tomboy, right-click on its icon in the panel, and select Preferences. Switch to the Add-ins section and enable the Wordcount add-in. To view word count info for the current note, press the Tools button and select Word count (or use the Ctrl+O keyboard shortcut).

Don't feel like going through the compiling rigamarole yourself? No problem: I did it for you, and you can download the compiled version of the add-in here.

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