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Scribes came in dead last on the recent Application of the Year, Text Editor poll ... and that is a travesty. Maybe one of these days, I'll get around to writing a complete review.
I don't do much programming, but I've used it for editing HTML and PERL, and it has a lot to offer programmers. Runs on Gnome, so KDE exclusivists would have to accept quite a few libraries, etc. to install it. I like it so much for normal text work that I've fought through the process of making it the default editor on my Gnome system. (The Gnome folks are mighty attached to Gedit.)
This is the list of functions that the author saw fit to post on the website:
What Can Scribes Do?
* Extensible via Python plugins
* Remote editing (ftp, sftp, ssh, samba, webdav, webdavs)
* Automatic word completion
* Automatic correction and replacement
* Automatic pair character completion and smart insertion
* Automatic indentation
* Powerful text processing and manipulation functions
* Bookmarks and smart navigation
* Document Switcher
* Syntax colors for over 30 languages
* and much more...
Like any worthy application, it has some idiosyncrasies that take a bit of getting used to. Most notably for me, it auto-saves. There is no "Save" Menu item, only "Save As..." in case you want to change the name. If you close a file without assigning a name, it leaves the "Unsaved Document" on your desktop.
It has the best Dictionary feature I've ever seen for "suggesting alternative spellings."
It's in the Debian repositories, and I would assume in those of other distros, as well.
This thread reminded me of something and I just had to post it here.
There are so many IDE's, just like there are so many rings in JRR Tolkiens Lord of the Rings.
Then I thought of "one to rule them all" and I immediatly thought of Micro$ofts Visual Studio. Then I laughed for about 2 mins straight.