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Vim version 7.0b BETA has been released

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0b BETA This is the first BETA release of Vim 7. Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added. To mention a few:
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2006
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      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0b BETA


      This is the first BETA release of Vim 7. 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 for French, Italian and Russian
      - 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 7.0b BETA you can find details about the
      changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7". There are also a lot of
      bug fixes.

      We can still change option names, function arguments, etc. at this
      moment. Please check the new features for consistency and ease of use.


      Testing
      -------

      This is a BETA test version. Because this is the very first release of
      Vim 7 watch out for missing and misplaced files in the distribution.

      The 16 bit DOS version is missing, the data doesn't fit in 64 Kbyte.
      I don't know if that can still be fixed. I will not make an Amiga or
      OS/2 binary for Vim 7. A Mac version should be available soon.


      Where to get it
      ---------------

      Information about which files to download for what system:
      http://www.vim.org/download.php

      All files can be found below this directory:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/

      A list of mirror sites can be found here:
      http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php

      Vim 7.0b is also available from CVS and with Aap:
      http://www.vim.org/develop.php


      An overview of the files:

      UNIX:
      unix/vim-7.0b.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

      VARIOUS:
      extra/vim-7.0b-extra.tar.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0b-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      doc/vim70bhtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      MS-WINDOWS:
      pc/gvim70b.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
      pc/vim70brt.zip runtime files
      pc/vim70blang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim70b.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim70bole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/vim70bd32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      pc/vim70bw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim70bsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)


      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-dev

      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!

      --
      Two fish in a tank. One says to the other:
      "Do you know how to drive this thing?"

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