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NEdit is a multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with t

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Developer: NEdit
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NEdit is a multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with the thorough functionality and stability required by users who edit text eight hours a day.

It provides intensive support for development in a wide variety of languages, text processors, and other tools, but at the same time can be used productively by just about anyone who needs to edit text. NEdit, which is entirely a volunteer effort, benefits from a strong developer and user community. As of version 5.1, NEdit may be freely distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

NEdit was originally developed on a Unix system and is available on all major Unix and Linux systems. But NEdit can also run on other platforms, if there is a working X Window environment available. For instance, NEdit runs on MacOS X, OS/2 and MS Windows.

NEdit is a standard GUI (Graphical User Interface) style text editor for programs and plain-text files. Users of Macintosh and MS Windows based text editors should find NEdit a familiar and comfortable environment. NEdit provides all of the standard menu, dialog, editing, and mouse support, as well as all of the standard shortcuts to which the users of modern GUI based environments are accustomed. For users of older style Unix editors, welcome to the world of mouse-based editing!

Here are some key features of "NEdit":
Efficient, proven command set

Very complete functionality. NEdit is the primary editor for thousands of Unix and VMS programmers
Thorough consistency with Motif, MS Windows, and Macintosh conventions
Designed for intensive use: keystroke efficiency, fast response time, streamlined interaction
Unlimited undo

100% GUI from the ground up

True multi-window, fully graphical design
Mouse-based editing
Secondary/quick action selections
Fully integrated rectangular selection
Interactive WYSIWYG dragable selections
Maximum compatibility with X, Motif, and inter-client protocols, for interaction with the widest possible range of X programs and systems

Easy to learn

Just point and type
Capabilities are clearly organized and presented in top-level menus
Comprehensive on-line help
No special knowledge of X Windows required, all important options are GUI-settable within the program

Features for programmers

State of the art syntax highlighting with built-in patterns for C, C++, Java, Ada, FORTRAN, Pascal, Yacc, Perl, Python, Tcl, Csh, Awk, HTML, LaTeX, VHDL, Verilog, and more
Auto-indent, programmable language-sensitive smart-indent
Block indentation adjustment
Parenthesis flashing and matching
Find lines directly from compiler error output
Tab emulation
Unix ctags support
Client/Server mode for integration with software development tools


Learn / Replay
Easy to use C-like macro language, safe and fully interruptable
Includes a library of over 150 built-in editing functions

Easy installation

Self contained single executable file
Pre-built, tested executables available for Silicon Graphics, Sun (Solaris & SunOS), HP, Digital Unix, Ultrix, IBM AIX, Linux, and VMS systems

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