My TextMate license dates back to 2007 and I’ve been using it ever since as my main programming editor. An update for TextMate was announced around the time of Mac OS X Leopard’s release (October 2007 for the record), and it was a huge deal that it was going to be Leopard-only.
TextMate 2 has not been released and only very minor bug fix releases since that time. TextMate 2 has been a running joke for a while now, along the lines of Duke Nukem Forever … but now even that has passed as Duke has launched.
So, this post is dedicated to TextMate 2, the editor that isn’t, and the improvements I still hope to see one day if TextMate 2 is ever released to us unwashed masses.
- update to 64-bit application
- split editor window (both side-by-side and top-and-bottom)
- better undo and redo
- improved and speedier find and find-and-replace
- a GetBundles-like system built-in
- inclusion of Lion features (Resume especially, maybe Versions)
- available on the Mac App Store
That’s really all I can think of at the moment. General speed improvements would be nice, maybe the inclusion of a Project+-like project window would be cool, but overall I like TextMate just fine the way it is and will continue to use it until the day comes when other editors are so far ahead that I can’t ignore it any longer (BBEdit would be my first choice right now).
I hope to see TextMate 2 some day, but I am prepared to make the plunge if the day comes.