Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0f BETA
This is the fifth BETA release of Vim 7. It is looking stable and
should be ready for daily use. However, there are quite a few changes
compared to the previous BETA, thus more testing is required.
With a bit of luck this is the last BETA version before the Vim 7
release. Please check everything. It would be very disappointing to
discover a problem just after sending out the final release!
Since the fourth BETA release a few more things were improved, here is
- Added the feedkeys() function: put keys in the typeahead queue.
- Many runtime files have been updated.
- The problems reported by coverity.com were all taken care of.
- Slicing a list allows indexes out of range.
- Added CTRL-W gF: open file name under cursor in new tab page.
- Mac: clipboard now works again when compiled without multi-byte
- Mac: added 'macatsui' as a temporary work around for problems with
displaying (multi-byte) text.
- A few more changes for Win64, should work properly now.
- Several crashes, hangs, bugs and problems were fixed.
Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added. To mention a few:
- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion: Omni completion
- Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
- Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
- Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
- Vim script profiling
- Improved Unicode support
- Highlighting of matching parens, cursor line and cursor column
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing of remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text
Once you have installed Vim 7.0f BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7". The changes since version
7.0e are at the end.
This is a BETA test version. Please give it a good test and report
anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also a typo in the
I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7. A Mac version should
be available soon on http://macvim.org/
Where to get it
Information about which files to download for what system:
All files can be found below this directory:
A list of mirror sites can be found here:
Vim 7.0f is also available from CVS and with Aap:
An overview of the files:
unix/vim-7.0f.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
extra/vim-7.0f-extra.tar.gz extra (non-Unix) files
extra/vim-7.0f-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
doc/vim70fhtml.zip help files converted to HTML
pc/gvim70f.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/vim70frt.zip runtime files
pc/vim70flang.zip files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim70f.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim70fole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
pc/gvim70f_s.zip GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/vim70fd16.zip 16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/vim70fd32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/vim70fw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim70fsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)
DIFFS TO PREVIOUS BETA:
unix/vim-7.0e-7.0f.diff.gz sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.0e-7.0f-extra.diff.gz extra files
extra/vim-7.0e-7.0f-lang.diff.gz multi-language files
For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list. There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions. You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe. See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim
If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
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Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-mac
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