ANN: EditXT 1.3.0

Daniel Miller millerdev at
Mon Sep 23 02:08:56 CEST 2013

Introducing EditXT 1.3.0 - a programmer's text editor for Mac OS X

Download it from GitHub:


- Syntax highlighting for Python and JavaScript (more definitions can be added).
- Find/Replace with regular expression support and other conveniences.
- Command bar to execute commands without using the mouse.
- Smart indent/dedent with tabs or spaces.
- Comment/uncomment selection.
- Word wrap.
- Line numbers.
- Cursor position/selection length indicator.
- Unix/Mac/Windows line ending support.
- Document pane with drag/drop support.
- Undo beyond save and beyond auto-reload on external change.
- Persistent projects (cannot save project as file yet).
- Preliminary support for character encodings other than UTF-8.
- Sort lines tool.
- Licensed under GPLv3 (source code available at
- Over 1500 unit tests (OK, not really a feature)
- More...?

About this release:

- Omit command from history if it has a leading space.
- Integrate GUI and hotkey commands with command bar history.
- Improve indent size calculation.
- Added status message output to command bar.
- Log config file path on load.
- Move document defaults to config file:
    mode: (space|tab) # default is space
    size: 4
  newline_mode: (LF|CR|CRLF|UNICODE) # default is LF
  soft_wrap: (none|word)
- Added commands:
  - Clear highlighted text (clear_highlighted_text).
  - Reload config (reload_config)
  - "set <variable> ..." to set document variables:
    - highlight_selected_text
    - indent
    - newline_mode
    - soft_wrap
- Make Preferences... menu item open config file.
- Add config file (~/.editxt/config.yaml) with selection matching settings:
    enabled: (yes|no) # default is yes
    color: FEFF6B
- Mark occurrences when counting with the find dialog.
- Mark (highlight) all occurrences of selected text (length > 3, containing
  no spaces), yellow for now.
- Allow close document from menu and with COMMAND+W hotkey
- Many improvements on command bar
  - More commands: wrap, sort, find/replace
  - Argument placeholders/hints
  - Tab completion
  - Command history
- Improve exception logging.
- Fix bugs related to app termination with unsaved documents.
- Fix log file syntax highlighting.
- Fix startup errors due to strange arguments passed by OS X.
- Fix long pause on quit with many documents open.

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