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Vim version 7.0e BETA has been released

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0e BETA This is the fourth BETA release of Vim 7. It appears to be quite stable and about ready for daily use, but I
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16, 2006
      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0e BETA

      This is the fourth 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.

      We are getting closer to a release. Please report every problem you

      Since the third BETA release a few more things were improved, here is
      a summary:
      - Added CTRL-W T: move a window to a new tab page.
      - Fixed a crash on startup in the code that sets $MYVIMRC.
      - The Win32 install program didn't use the "All Users" but the
      administrator directory.
      - In spell files hide the || and ** around tags to make commands easier
      to read.
      - Added "tabpages" to 'sessionoptions'. A session can now also restore
      the tab pages.
      - When completing menu names, e.g., after ":emenu", don't sort the
      entries but keep them in the original order.
      - When a list is indexed with [a : b] and b was greater than the length
      an error message was given. Now silently truncate the result.
      - The extra files for XML Omni completion are now also installed.
      - Added the 'M' flag to 'cinoptions'.
      - Added gettabwinvar() and settabwinvar().
      - For Hungarian the Myspell dictionary is now used again. I gave up on
      using the Hunspell one, it has too many words. Making this work would
      require too many changes to the code.
      - 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 7.0e 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

      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 7.0e is also available from CVS and with Aap:

      An overview of the files:

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

      extra/vim-7.0e-extra.tar.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0e-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      doc/vim70ehtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      pc/gvim70e.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
      pc/vim70ert.zip runtime files
      pc/vim70elang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim70e.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim70eole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/vim70ed16.zip 16 bit console version for MS-DOS
      pc/vim70ed32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      pc/vim70ew32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim70esrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      unix/vim-7.0d-7.0e.diff.gz sources + runtime files
      extra/vim-7.0d-7.0e-extra.diff.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0d-7.0e-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!

      From "know your smileys":
      :-* A big kiss!

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