MacVim

MacVim

I am long-time vim user. For some years I also use a Mac. Last year I discovered the MacVim project. This is a Cocoa based GUI to vim (so far there was only gvim on the Mac, a Carbon based GUI).

The Carbon gvim is not that great so I sticked to the console vim version. But with the new MacVim, I now have a GUI vim that not only looks much better but also has additional features:

  • It has a fullscreen mode.
  • Vim’s tab feature uses real tabs instead of ASCII-art tabs.
  • There is an ODB input manager that adds an “Edit in MacVim” menu entry to all applications (see Edit in SubEthaEdit for the principle).

There are probably other things, but those are the three I really like. With the “Edit in MacVim” feature, I can now easily write my mails from Apple Mail in vim. Unfortunately, the feature does not work for me in Camino.