Although we do have rich-text editors, we do not really need those, which comes heavy, to write a simple letter and save it as PDF file. Moreover, some people like to work in terminal to make their work distraction-free (Yes, The complete Game of Thrones book was written with VIM text editor). Here, I am using VIM and PANDOC to do that job.
Pandoc is a simple command-line interface (CLI) tool which converts text to PDF, not only
.txt files, but also
.md and more. First of all, we are using VIM to write the content and
:wq! to save it. Pandoc uses
-i to source the file and
-o to output the file.
pandoc -i file.txt -o file.pdf
In addition, pandoc can read Markdown format to enhance output.
You must be wondering why do we need to learn all these to write a simple letter and why did I put the word simple in this blog title. But trust me, it’d worth learning. Markdown format will be very useful in many websites. Last but not least, I have added here the pdf copy of this post to get convinced.