Sunday, November 7, 2010

New Plugin: Kids Icon Theme


How-to install?

  1. Click menu -> Tools -> Add or Remove Plugins
  2. Uninstall Tango Icon Theme (if any)
  3. Click Get More Plugins... and install Kids Icon Theme.
  4. Restart Makagiga

You can find more cool icons by Everaldo Coelho here:

Monday, November 1, 2010

What's new in Makagiga 3.8.8 Alpha?

You can download the latest alpha snapshot and more detailed ChangeLog at:

Built-in Wikipedia browser (experimental ;-)

The browser is currently integrated with Internet Search Widget and Calendar Widget (see Information for This Day and News menu items).

Resizable modal dialogs

Color Palettes in color chooser dialog window

A basic support for plain text todo lists with checkboxes

More info: Use a Unicode Text Trick to Make Lists with Checkboxes @

Makagiga, version 0.x (2005) ;-)

To-do List

Bonus: Search Box

Monday, October 11, 2010

New plugin: Wiki Tools 0.9 Beta

Wiki Tools allows you to preview and test a raw wiki text used in various editable websites, such as Wikipedia.

How it works?

  1. Click menu -> Tools -> Add or Remove Plugins -> Get More Plugins... and install Wiki Tools plugin. Restart Makagiga.
  2. Create a new "Notepad" item
  3. Type some wiki text
  4. Press F4 and select Wiki from the Preview list
  5. Type more text and the preview will update automagically! :)

The plugin uses Java Wikipedia API (Bliki engine) for parsing and converting Wiki syntax to HTML.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What's new in Makagiga 3.8.7? (alpha, unstable)

You can download the latest alpha snapshot here:

Main window

  • Tab on top like in Firefox 4 ;)
  • Main tool bar is now hidden by default
  • Tab colors (a small line above tab title)


  • Widgets on tab bar
  • Removed "Show Widgets" button (you can still press the F5 key to show/hide widgets)
  • Internet Search panel is now available as widget
  • Improved support for drop shadow plugin

Look and feel preview

Updated Substance plugin

Thursday, August 5, 2010

OpenJDK: Slooow user interface?

Try to run Makagiga (or any other Java/Swing application) with the "sun.java2d.pmoffscreen" option turned off.

Method 1:

$ export _JAVA_OPTIONS='-Dsun.java2d.pmoffscreen=false'
$ makagiga

You should notice an extra "Picked up _JAVA_OPTIONS" message.

Method 2:

$ java -Dsun.java2d.pmoffscreen=false -jar /path/to/makagiga.jar

Sunday, March 7, 2010

How-To: Markup Preview Plugin

This new plugin allows you to preview/validate Markdown and BB Code text on-the-fly. Just create or open existing Notepad item, type some text, and press F4 :)

Note: Requires Makagigia 3.8.1+

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Plugin: Countdown Widget

Tip: Right-click on the widget for settings menu.

Requires Makagiga 3.8.1+