GNU Emacs

Version: 24.2 || Release Date: 2012-08-27 || License: GPL App Owner: dvpc

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.

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I have used Emacs for at least 25 years on a number of different OS's. It is not part of many Unix distributions and I some times must revert to "vi," the de rigueur editor for pure Unix sys admins.

BTW, many Emacs style commands, e.g., CTL-a (beginning of line), work in Mac OS X text fields. Must have been an Emacs aficionado in one of the Apple development groups.

Put me down as someone who loves it.

I use it for serious writing when I want to be able to manipulate text without having to take my fingers off the keyboard. It takes just a little getting used to but it is the only industrial strength editor in the business. My previous employer has a product with many millions of lines of source code and I can't imagine navigating that without emacs.

These days I mostly use it to write a monthly colunm. I find it much more powerful than TextEdit and then the editor prettifies everything.