Comment on ForgEdit

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.