Edith Pro V1.32 beta release note
Edith Pro for X11 - a windowing text editor
Edith Pro is a high quality user-friendly text editing system that
combines a modern, colourful multi-window user interface with large
basic editing flexibility. It is intended for those who want a powerful
editing tool, but are _not_ prepared to spend a wealth of energy into
learning and configuring their applications. Edith includes a small,
fast and friendly net browser.
It is intended to eventually become low-budget commercial software, and
at least for an initial period, single licences will be free. Licences
will be independent of the software, and frequent updates will be
available through the ZFC web pages. Binaries are now available for
IRIX 5, Solaris and Linux ELF.
The most recent beta version can be downloaded from the NLnet web server
Any feedback would be highly appreciated. Development is on schedule
for a first full release on or before January 1st, 1997.
Edith Pro concentrates on editing features that are universal in
applicability; as such it is _not_ a programmable editor, but it has
many well thought-out elementary features that allow efficient text
editing for arbitrary types of text.
Special features are:
- A multi-fragment selection/buffer system, including manipulation
of column selections. All operations make sensible use of
- Split search and replace functions with or without wildcards,
based on the multiple selection facility.
- Separate incremental quick search function with target completion.
- A trash buffer for retrieving previously deleted text (as an
alternative to a multi-stage Undo).
- A simple HTML-compatible info browser with full context-sensitive
on-line help and an interface to extern WWW loaders such as lynx,
to INFO, and to the system manual pages. `http:', `ftp:' and
`mailto:' are recognized (but `lynx' and `mail' are required for
these to work).
- Handling of floppy disk and remote files (through `mtools' and
- Elaborate support for defining external shell commands; `make'
with `clickable error messages'.
- A continuously active line-macro (`dribble') recorder, with the
possbility to put small dribbles under a key combination.
- Editing of binary files in C format
- A source tag facility (driven by standard tag files), including
manual creation of tags.
- A double true/edit tab system.
- Explicit display of tab, spaces and newlines; instant
compatibility with Macintosh and MS-DOS files.
- A versatile `text shortcut' system, with supplied shortcuts for
LaTeX, HTML and 7 ISO-Latin sets.
- Both editor parameters and appearance (colours, fonts) can be
specified for up to 8 different editing modes determined by the
extension of the edited file.
- 8 bit proof; access to accented characters and foreign character
- Cell-corrected display of proportional fonts
- (Optional) smart window management allows a multi-windowing system
without frequent need to move the mouse.
- A client-server protocol: at most one Edith Pro server is running
on an X display, and subsequent calls will send a message to the
server. Edith starts quicker than e.g. XEmacs or Nedit, and
ensures that you are not editing the same file twice on the same
- A configurable `input queue' allowing large numbers of files on
the command line to put `put on hold'.
- An extra safety facility: `carbon copies' are written at regular
intervals and on unexpected termination.
- All properties are configurable from within the application; no
manual editing of configuration files necessary.
Features not in this beta version, but which will appear in the first
- External commands with output into a window run in the background
- Performing `dribbles' on a multi-fragment selection
Features likely to appear subsequent versions, but not in the first full
- Regular editing of texts that contain 0 characters.
- Multi-stage Undo and arbitrary text macros.
- Table and form capabilities in the HTML browser.
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