the problem: *.rtfd seems to be a “stuck on OSX” problem…

but actually TextEdit is a OpenSource (!) software 🙂                          4.0+20061029-3.4+b1               amd64        Text editor for GNUstep

you can download debian packages here:;O=A

and install it via:

dpkg -i textedit.app_4.0+20061029-3.4+b1_amd64.deb
aptitude install

but unfortunately it looks a lot different…

TextEdit Linux

the *.RTFD is basically just a folder with a TXT.rtf and a lot of *.tiff pictures in it that the osx “TextEdit” combines to a document.

apt-get update;apt-get install libtiff4 libjpeg8;
dpkg -i ted-2.23-amd64.deb

mirror download: ted-2.23-amd64.deb.tar.gz

the funny thing…

while LibreOffice office has problems with *.rtf, TED Text Editor can open the TXT.rtf right away…

ted opens TXT.rtf

ted rtf editor

WARNING! problems: clipboard

while having a document opented crash destroys document copying stuff from browser (icedove) <-> to TED Editor… ted crashed… and destroyed my document.

libre office fails to open rtf destroyed by ted


versions used:


Linux DebianGiada 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt7-1 (2015-03-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux

apt-cache show ted

Package: ted
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: text
Installed-Size: 9532
Maintainer: Mark de Does <>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 2.23
Provides: ted
Depends: zlib1g, libpcre3, libx11-6, libxpm4, libjpeg8, libtiff4, libpng12-0, libgtk2.0-0, libpaper1
Pre-Depends: libc6 (>= 2.0.105)
Description: Easy rich text processor.
 Ted can edit RTF files in a wysiwyg manner. It supports multiple fonts
 and can print to PostScript printers. Additionally Ted is an rtf2ps, rtf2pdf,
 rtf2html and an rtf2epub converter.
Description-md5: 8cba894cdd48e977dfa6328d6dba70ce
Build-Depends: build-essential, zlib1g-dev, libpcre3-dev, libx11-dev, libxpm-dev, libjpeg8-dev, libtiff4-dev, libpng12-dev, libgtk2.0-dev, libpaper-dev lintian fakeroot
XS-Motif-Build-Depends: build-essential, zlib1g-dev, libpcre3-dev, libx11-dev, libxpm-dev, libjpeg8-dev, libtiff4-dev, libpng12-dev, libfontconfig1-dev, libfreetype6-dev, libxrender-dev, libexpat1-dev, libxft-dev, libxp-dev, libxmu-dev, libmotif-dev libxt6-dev, libpaper-dev
XB-Motif-Depends: zlib1g, libpcre3, libx11-6, libxpm4, libjpeg8, libtiff4, libpng12-0, libxft2, libxt6, libxp6, libxmu6, libmotif4, libpaper1

i think i gonna abandon the RTF Format completely and move to *.html

… i think i have a backup of that file… d*** it.

what alternatives are there?

synaptic package manager search for rtf editor for linux

synaptics shows me “tea” and “gwrite” as possible alterative… can do both… html and rtf.

i gonna give it a try. thumbs pressed. fingers crossed.


: simple GTK+ HTML5 rich text editor

gWrite is a simple GTK+ HTML5 WYSIWYG editor, focusing on writing
and simple text formating. It can automatically generate a table of
contents based on the document structure.

It aims to be lighter than OOWrite & OOWeb, and to be as useful as them.

i think gwrite is what i was looking for… gonna test it and report soon.

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