Version 0.61 of Zim is out

A new version (0.61) of the Zim desktop wiki, my favourite notebook / project organizer, was released today. Apart from a large number of under-the-hood improvements, it sports a number of very welcome new features.

  • A more flexible export, allowing to export pages recursively. I.e., apart from the whole notebook or a single page, you can now also export sub-nodes. This was very high on my wish-list, great!
  • And it is getting better with another point on my wish-list now implemented; the option to export multiple pages to a single output file.
  • Export templates now support many more instructions and expressions. I had a quick look at the help file, and it looks like this has become a very powerful tool, albeit with a steep learning curve. Let’s see how this can help to further improve my current export template for a adaptive website.
  • New plugin for editing sequence diagrams (sound interesting)
  • The “tags” plugin was changed to show full page paths in the per-tag view.
  • Floating ToC, see screenshot below.
  • Possibly my favourite new plugin, the Source view plugin, which allows inserting ‘code blocks’ in the page that will be shown as emdedded widgets with syntax highlighting, line numbers etc.

You can download the new version from the Zim wiki website.

The new floating ToC widget in action (Zim version 0.61)
The new floating ToC widget in action (Zim version 0.61)

A Zim-wiki export template for a adaptive website

I wrote before about Zim, a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Although mostly aimed at individual use, notebooks can also be shared as html files (and a few other formats) by exporting the notebook or individual pages as web pages, as explained here. And to give you an idea what you can get, see here an example of one of my notebooks.

For one of my projects I wanted to create a small web-site with fact sheets that provide a short description of vegetation types in eastern Africa. These fact sheets go together with vegetation maps we have created for various countries in the region. The idea was to keep the fact sheets as notes in a Zim notebook, and use the export function to create a small web-site. Continue reading “A Zim-wiki export template for a adaptive website”