COMMERCIAL: Edith Pro text editor for X11 release 1.37

COMMERCIAL: Edith Pro text editor for X11 release 1.37

Post by Annius Groeni » Mon, 14 Apr 1997 04:00:00



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Product: Edith Pro for X11
Manufacturer: ZFC, Amsterdam
Description: Plain text editor for X11
Available at: http://www.veryComputer.com/
Platforms: IRIX5, Solaris (386/sparc), Linux

NEWS FROM ZFC/EDITH PRO

   The ZFC web pages have moved! They can now be reached at
   http://www.veryComputer.com/

   A new version, 1.37, is out.  Please read the new features below.  If
   you are not familiar with Edith, please read the full release notes
   attached below (repeated in this regular announcement for the last
   time).

   As of now, we have decided to make evaluation copies valid for one
   month at a time to achieve the appropriate teasing effect.

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 1.37?

External commands can now be defined separately for each editor mode;
the default setup has been extended with numerous commands for*
and C/C++.

Menu selection with the keyboard and single mouse click improved.

Selection aligns to word boundaries if started with a double click, then
extended with shift + drag.

Colour allocation on 8 bit (PseudoColor) displays improved: by default
Edith now allocates entries in the default map as well as in a private
colour map to minimize colour flashing while minimizing the risk of
failure to allocate colours (black and white stippling is over).  On
screens supporting multiple colour maps (Silicon Graphics), no colours
are allocated in the default colour map.

Shortcut expansions can be up to 1024 characters.  Auto switch mode on
`Save as' from e.g. file.txt to file.tex.  The ASCII panel has a scroll
bar for large font sets.

Bugs fixed: trash can overflow, toupper/tolower on one character,
delete/backspace line recorded in dribbles, problems with termination
of external commands, private definitions for editor switches/language
confused.

Experiments have been done with Macintosh-style
``select-and-type-to-delete'', but lead to unpridictable behaviour.
This has been postponed.

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 is low-budget commercial software. Fully operational copies are
available for evaluation. Such an evaluation copy will work for one or
two months, depending on when it was downloaded.  When evaluation
copies expire, new copies will be made available on the www server.  An
evaluation copy will only bother you with ads in the editor's status
line---personal use of unlicenced copies is tolerated. Organizations,
commercial, educational or non-profit, are expected to buy a licence.

Licences are independent of the software, and frequent updates will be
available through the ZFC web pages. Binaries are now available for IRIX
5, Solaris 386/sparc and Linux i486/ELF.  As a limited introduction
offer, single host licences are now only NLG 100 (US$ 50), site licences
NLG 500 (US$ 250) including manual, p&p, and e-mail support.

WHY USE EDITH

Here's a diagram that helps getting a ROUGH idea of how Edith Pro
compares to a number of popular text editors for UNIX/X11.

Your current editor  Editing Capacity  Ease of use    Look and feel

VI                   higher            lot better     vi has none
Emacs                lower             lot better     lot better
Nedit                a little better   equivalent     lot better
Xedit                much higher       lot better     xedit has none
Jot/Zip              higher            better         better
CDE editor           much higher       equivalent     eye beholder
Crisp                lower             better         lot better

FEATURES

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
   multiple selections.

 - 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

 - 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
   `rcp/rsh'.

 - Elaborate support for defining external shell commands; `make'
   with `clickable error messages'.

 - A continuously active line-macro (`dribble') recorder, with the
   possibility to put small dribbles under a key combination.
   Dribbles can be applied simultaneously to a selected set of
   lines.

 - 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
   sets.

 - Cell-corrected display of proportional fonts

 - (Optional) smart window management lets you work with a multiple
   windows 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 screen.

 - A configurable `input queue' allowing large numbers of files on
   the command line to be `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 likely to appear subsequent versions, but not in the
first full release, are:

 - Regular editing of texts that contain 0 characters.

 - Multi-stage Undo and arbitrary text macros.

 - Enhanced font resolution (antialiasing)

 - Keyword highlighting

 - Table and form capabilities in the HTML browser

 - Load/save hooks, possibly as a plug-in library facility

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Room M233, CWI, Kruislaan 413, 1098 SJ Amsterdam phone +31 20 592 40 77
. and ZFC/home P.O.Box 15813, 1001 NH Amsterdam phone +31 20 4 208 248

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COMMERCIAL: Edith Pro text editor for X11 release 1.37

Post by Florian Wolf » Mon, 14 Apr 1997 04:00:00


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Product: Edith Pro for X11
Manufacturer: ZFC, Amsterdam
Description: Plain text editor for X11
Available at: http://www.veryComputer.com/
Platforms: IRIX5, Solaris (386/sparc), Linux

NEWS FROM ZFC/EDITH PRO

   The ZFC web pages have moved! They can now be reached at
   http://www.veryComputer.com/

   A new version, 1.37, is out.  Please read the new features below.  If
   you are not familiar with Edith, please read the full release notes
   attached below (repeated in this regular announcement for the last
   time).

   As of now, we have decided to make evaluation copies valid for one
   month at a time to achieve the appropriate teasing effect.

WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 1.37?

External commands can now be defined separately for each editor mode;
the default setup has been extended with numerous commands for*
and C/C++.

Menu selection with the keyboard and single mouse click improved.

Selection aligns to word boundaries if started with a double click, then
extended with shift + drag.

Colour allocation on 8 bit (PseudoColor) displays improved: by default
Edith now allocates entries in the default map as well as in a private
colour map to minimize colour flashing while minimizing the risk of
failure to allocate colours (black and white stippling is over).  On
screens supporting multiple colour maps (Silicon Graphics), no colours
are allocated in the default colour map.

Shortcut expansions can be up to 1024 characters.  Auto switch mode on
`Save as' from e.g. file.txt to file.tex.  The ASCII panel has a scroll
bar for large font sets.

Bugs fixed: trash can overflow, toupper/tolower on one character,
delete/backspace line recorded in dribbles, problems with termination
of external commands, private definitions for editor switches/language
confused.

Experiments have been done with Macintosh-style
``select-and-type-to-delete'', but lead to unpridictable behaviour.
This has been postponed.

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 is low-budget commercial software. Fully operational copies are
available for evaluation. Such an evaluation copy will work for one or
two months, depending on when it was downloaded.  When evaluation
copies expire, new copies will be made available on the www server.  An
evaluation copy will only bother you with ads in the editor's status
line---personal use of unlicenced copies is tolerated. Organizations,
commercial, educational or non-profit, are expected to buy a licence.

Licences are independent of the software, and frequent updates will be
available through the ZFC web pages. Binaries are now available for IRIX
5, Solaris 386/sparc and Linux i486/ELF.  As a limited introduction
offer, single host licences are now only NLG 100 (US$ 50), site licences
NLG 500 (US$ 250) including manual, p&p, and e-mail support.

WHY USE EDITH

Here's a diagram that helps getting a ROUGH idea of how Edith Pro
compares to a number of popular text editors for UNIX/X11.

Your current editor  Editing Capacity  Ease of use    Look and feel

VI                   higher            lot better     vi has none
Emacs                lower             lot better     lot better
Nedit                a little better   equivalent     lot better
Xedit                much higher       lot better     xedit has none
Jot/Zip              higher            better         better
CDE editor           much higher       equivalent     eye beholder
Crisp                lower             better         lot better

FEATURES

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
   multiple selections.

 - 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

 - 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
   `rcp/rsh'.

 - Elaborate support for defining external shell commands; `make'
   with `clickable error messages'.

 - A continuously active line-macro (`dribble') recorder, with the
   possibility to put small dribbles under a key combination.
   Dribbles can be applied simultaneously to a selected set of
   lines.

 - 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
   sets.

 - Cell-corrected display of proportional fonts

 - (Optional) smart window management lets you work with a multiple
   windows 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 screen.

 - A configurable `input queue' allowing large numbers of files on
   the command line to be `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 likely to appear subsequent versions, but not in the
first full release, are:

 - Regular editing of texts that contain 0 characters.

 - Multi-stage Undo and arbitrary text macros.

 - Enhanced font resolution (antialiasing)

 - Keyword highlighting

 - Table and form capabilities in the HTML browser

 - Load/save hooks, possibly as a plug-in library facility

- --

Room M233, CWI, Kruislaan 413, 1098 SJ Amsterdam phone +31 20 592 40 77
.. and ZFC/home P.O.Box 15813, 1001 NH Amsterdam phone +31 20 4 208 248

- --
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http://www.veryComputer.com/

PLEASE remember a short description of the software and the LOCATION.
This group is archived at http://www.veryComputer.com/

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