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156Vim version 7.0d BETA has been released

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Apr 10, 2006
      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0d BETA

      This is the third BETA release of Vim 7. It appears to be quite stable
      and about ready for daily use, but I would like to do some more testing
      to be sure.

      Since the second BETA release quite a few things were improved, here is
      a summary:
      - $MYVIMRC is set to to the first found .vimrc file and $MYGVIMRC to the
      first found .gvimrc file. Added menu item "Startup Settings" that
      edits the $MYVIMRC file
      - Added matcharg().
      - The tab page labels are shortened, directory names are reduced to a
      single letter by default. Added the pathshorten() function to allow a
      user to do the same.
      - Added CTRL-W gf: open file name under the cursor in a new tab page.
      - "New tab" item in the GUI tabline menu opens tab left of the click.
      - Added "usetab" to 'switchbuf': jump to window in other tab page.
      - Added tabpage-local variables t:var.
      - 'cmdheight' now works local to a tab page.
      - Motif: Added GUI tab pages line. (Yegappan Lakshmanan)
      - Win32: The font used for the tab page labels was too big. Use the
      system menu font. (George Reilly)
      - Use of the Enter key for the popup menu works differently, hopefully
      - Win32: Set the default for 'isprint' back to the wrong default
      "@,~-255", because many people use Windows-1252 while 'encoding' is
      - When init_spellfile() finds a writable directory in 'runtimepath' but
      it doesn't contain a "spell" directory, create one.
      - A series of bug fixes, see the end of ":help version7".

      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 7.0d BETA you can find details about the
      changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7". There are also a lot of
      bug fixes.


      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

      A known problem is that generating the Hungarian spell file doesn't

      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 7.0d is also available from CVS and with Aap:

      An overview of the files:

      unix/vim-7.0d.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

      extra/vim-7.0d-extra.tar.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0d-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      doc/vim70dhtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      pc/gvim70d.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
      pc/vim70drt.zip runtime files
      pc/vim70dlang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim70d.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim70dole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/vim70dd16.zip 16 bit console version for MS-DOS
      pc/vim70dd32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      pc/vim70dw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim70dsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      unix/vim-7.0c-7.0d.diff.gz sources + runtime files
      extra/vim-7.0c-7.0d-extra.diff.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0c-7.0d-lang.diff.gz multi-language files

      Mailing lists

      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
      to the vim-dev mailing list. See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-dev

      Subject specific lists:
      Multi-byte issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-multibyte
      Macintosh issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-mac

      Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
      already have given the answer.

      Reporting bugs

      Send them to <bugs@...>. Please describe the problem precisely.
      All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
      spent on improving Vim! Always give a reproducible example and try to
      find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
      bug. Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE". Try
      different machines if possible. See ":help bugs" in Vim. Send me a
      patch if you can!

      If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
      vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.

      Happy Vimming!

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