“E Text Editor” - TextMate for Windows

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I’m working in Windows at the moment (my development Mac hasn’t arrived at work yet) so I’m looking around for replacements for things I use on the Mac. I found out today about the “E Text Editor” (and also the free, Monaco-like font Anonymous). E is the closest thing I’ve seen to TextMate, my favorite Mac text editor.

What really struck me about the author’s description of the editor was that:

  1. He has a powerful revision-control system embedded in it (in fact, the editor was just a test app at first for the revision control app library)
  2. He actively sought out Allan Odgaard, the author of TextMate, and talked with him about making a Windows-based editor with a lot of compatibilty (being able to use TextMate plugins, etc), and Allan was highly in favour of the idea (the TextMate page mentions it will never be available on Windows, after all).

So I have downloaded the app and will give it a 30-day tryout. Maybe I’ll post a review here or something.

Does anyone have any other Mac-replacement recommendations? And why, after all these years, does Cygwin installation still suck so much? They need to be like a Linux distro and have a single, massive installer with everything in it, instead of forcing everyone to separately download everything as part of the install.



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