Vim is an almost 100% compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new
features have been added: Multi level undo, syntax highlighting, command line
history, filename completion, block operations, etc. Those who don't know Vi
can probably skip this message, unless you are prepared to learn something new
and useful. Vim is especially recommended for editing programs.
Announcement ------------ This is a BETA test version of Vim. It is a huge step from Vim 5.x. Many, many new features and improvements have been included. For an overview, with a few screendumps, look here: http://vim.sf.net/whyvim.php Vim 6.0 has been in alpha testing for quite a while. Although it appears to work well, it needs to be tested before we can say it is really stable. Expect to run into a few problems. What is Vim? ------------ Vim is an almost 100% compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new features have been added: Multi level undo, syntax highlighting, command line history, filename completion, block operations, etc. Those who don't know Vi can probably skip this message, unless you are prepared to learn something new and useful. Vim is especially recommended for editing programs. Vim runs on almost any Unix flavor, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 3.1, MS-Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, OS/2, Atari MiNT, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, Macintosh and Amiga. For more information, see http://vim.sf.net. New since version 5.8 --------------------- The number of changes is huge. These are just the main new items: Folding - momentarily hide part of the text Vertically split windows - mixed with horizontal splits Diff mode - show and remove differences between files Easy Vim: click-and-type - for those who really don't like two modes User manual - learn to use Vim, reads like a book Flexible indenting - automatic indenting for any language Extended search patterns - more regexp power than you will need UTF-8 support - Unicode allows editing nearly all languages Multi-language support - translated messages and menus Plugin support - drop a script in a directory and you can use it Filetype plugins - an easy way to setup for editing a type of file File browser - browse directories, also on a terminal Editing files over a network - read and write a remote files directly command-line editing window - use any Vim command to edit an Ex command Debugging mode - debug your Vim functions and scripts Cursor in virtual position - edit tables and draw ASCII pictures Debugger interface - use Vim with Sun Visual Workshop Communication between Vims - let one Vim tell another Vim what to do Printing - print with syntax colors (MS-Windows only) Quickfix extended - see error messages in a window and jump there Writing files improved - rename or copy to make a backup file Argument list - select groups of files to work on Restore a View - save the looks of a window and restore it later Color schemes - quickly switch between different color setups See this page for the details: http://vim.sf.net/htmldoc/version6.html Where to get it --------------- Information about which files to download for what system: http://vim.sf.net/download.php If you already know what to get, download it from here: ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unreleased Or use one of the mirrors, see: ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/MIRRORS Mailing lists ------------- For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list. There are a lot of tips, scripts and solutions. You can ask your Vim questions, but only if you subscribe. See http://www.vim.org/mail.html. An archive is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim. If you want to help developing Vim or get the latest patches, subscribe to the vim-dev mailing list. An archive is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev. Subject specific lists: Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-multibyte Macintosh issues: vim-mac http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-mac Reporting bugs -------------- Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please describe the problem precisely. All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is spent on improving Vim! Always give a reproducable example and try to find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the bug. Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE -U NONE". Try different machines if possible. See ":help bugs" in Vim. Send me patches if you can! If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first. Happy Vimming!