ForgEdit

Version: 1.0 || Release Date: 2008-03-11 || License: Shareware (~USD20) Developer: Stefan Emanuelsson | App Owner: stefan_e

ForgEdit is a programmers text editor for Mac OS X. It is a customizable and competent editor, that blends well with OS X and corresponds to the user-friendliness that every Mac user expects.

Features include: tabbed editing, user definable key bindings and modes,
regular expression find, and a lot more. Switchers in particular will appreciate the ability to define key bindings.

Just to clarify - ForgEdit is free while in beta. Once it is deemed roadworthy, a license will cost ~$20.

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4 Opinions

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Some comments:
cocoi: ForgEdit is not inspired by TextMate. Why make another? My inspiration comes mostly from UltraEdit and an old Borland IDE.

bitnix: This is the editor i missed working as a developer on the mac. If i didn't feel it added some value to the existing fauna, i would never have made it (in a nutshell, the featues i miss most from the competition are tab-indents-selection, tabbed editing, user-definable key bindings, file drawer, and an easy way to edit modes/file types).

spacecat85: ForgEdit does come with a command line tool, called forged. The first time you start the app, it asks if you want to install a 'synchorinzed tool'. Synchronized because it does not return until the file is closed again (as opposed to the 'open' shell command that does return right away). I've realized that synchronized tool is not very descriptive, so it has been changed to command line tool in b10.

I like what I see so far. It starts up quickly and has a clean interface that takes up little room on my MacBook screen. This is also the only cocoa text editor I've found (so far, anyway) that lets me easily re-load a text document using another encoding in seconds, which has come in handy when opening some legacy documents left over from an old OS 8/9 installation.

I'd like to eventually see a command to invoke ForgEdit from the terminal, a la Smultron.

This is interesting. Made by a swede, so there is definitely potential to expect here. And it can't hurt with some competition in this field of applications.

Having said that, I must say that such an undertaking, to create yet another text editor is a fairly bold one.

I own TextMate and SubEthaEdit. Both apps are, in my opinion, pretty solid in what they do. Their approaches are a bit different (and I guess that's why they hold ground against each other's competition); TextMate being my main workhorse, perfectly brilliant for any kind of programming and general text editing, including Unix shell operation and low level system tinkering, etc. etc. SubEthaEdit is THE tool to use, for collaborational needs. And it's pretty darn competent at doing most of the things that TextMate can handle (although TextMate's feature set is more advanced and further expanded than SubEthaEdit).

So, this leaves the question: what's going to be the route for ForgEdit? Is it just going to be an alternative to TextMate, minus ≈10 bucks? I'm not sure that is going to seal the deal, as there are already other cheap, well, even free alternatives, such as the free Smultron (also swedish made), skEdit ($25, more or less strictly web oriented) and others.

Conclusion: ForgEdit definitely need something genuinely NEW, to survive in this increasingly populated software field. Otherwise, I don't see a reason to choose it over the aforementioned editors (not to mention Xcode).

But I'm a fan, and I'm definitely keeping an eye out for ForgEdit! It's looking nice already, but again, I'd like to see some new innovations withing this app.

Seems to me this app has been heavily inspired by TextMate, but hasn't got it's bundles.