Emacs

Version: 22.3.1 || Release Date: 2010-05-27 || License: GPL Developer: S. Zenitani et al. | App Owner: joen

Carbon Emacs Package is a Mac-friendly distribution of the GNU Emacs text editor.

Carbon Emacs Package is a Mac-friendly distribution of the GNU Emacs text editor.

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

The features of GNU Emacs include:
- Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
- Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
- Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.
- Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.
- A large number of extensions that add other functionality, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more. Many of these extensions are distributed with GNU Emacs; others are available separately.

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For purists, there's also the official, plain vanilla GNU Emacs, which has the same icon and appears to function almost exactly the same as the Carbon Emacs branch. (Anyone who feels inclined to pinpoint the differences?)

My personal rationale for using the official branch is mainly that it's much easier to follow up on the most recent development by pulling from the official source. Apart from downloading pre-compiled binaries, you may also appreciate Github's Emacs mirror: http://github.com/emacsmirror/emacs.git

Works like a charm, but customisation is not straight forward. In order to use the alt-key as the meta-key and to be able to use the apple-key for normal editting commands, you have to really search deeply (I've put the correct commands below; you'll have to put them in ~/.emacs).

For the rest this is the greatest emacs for the mac. All packages are included (well, most anyway), multiple buffers, multiple windows, menus, everything works like it should. It's fast enough on my iBook (start-up is a bit slow, but we emacs users open our editor only once or twice per day anyway). Fantastic app for all emacs lovers.

(set-keyboard-coding-system 'mac-roman)
(mac-key-mode)
(setq mac-option-modifier 'meta)
(setq mac-command-key-is-meta nil)

More compatible with emacs packages than aquaemacs