For years, "Carbon Vim," or gvim, has been the least Mac-like app in heavy use on my Mac, and as a bit of a GUI purist, it's been a constant source of frustration for me. Not overwhelming, hair-tearing frustration, mind you, just enough to take a couple nanometers off my molars. When gvim recently developed a tendency to stall for three seconds after every fifteenth character I typed -- probably because of something that was my fault, but whatevs -- I was fixin' to jump ship to TextMate, obscure keybinding training and muscle memory be damned.
Then I was checking out MacUpdate today and what should I see but this. <em>A choir of angels sang, I swear.</em> Would it be fair to say I prematurely got my hopes up? Yes, it would. But MacVim has lived up to my every expectation. Suddenly the text editor that flouts every HIG known to man is a good citizen. Hallelujah.
I hear one of the recent snapshots has a fullscreen mode. I gather also that Bram Moolenaar is keeping an eye on this. Mac gvim guys, thanks for all your hard work. Time to pack it in and put your efforts behind Bjorn Winckler, my new favorite programmer.
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