Last Updated on: 9th December 2023, 05:27 pm

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Category: Office
Subcategory: Text Editors
Platform: Linux, BSD, OS X, Solaris, SunOS
License: MIT, GPL
Interface: GUI
First release: 1993

Acme – a powerful text editor, development environment and textual-user-interface platform developed by Rob Pike originally for Plan 9 from Bell Labs research operating system, and now has ports available for all major platforms. Acme has a very peculiar user interface, it has a minimalist set of keyboard shortcuts, and makes extensive use of ‘mouse chording’.

Acme runs on most operating systems. If you use Plan 9 from Bell Labs, you already have it. If you use FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, or most other Unix clones, you can get it as part of Plan 9 from User Space. If you use Windows, I suggest trying acme as packaged in acme stand alone complex, which is based on the Inferno programming environment.

Acme manages windows of text that may be edited interac tively or by external programs. The interactive interface uses the keyboard and mouse; external programs use a set of files served by acme.

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