Last Updated on: 11th December 2023, 04:28 pm

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Category: Office
Subcategory: Text Editors
Platform: Linux, UNIX-like, OS X
License: GNU GPL
Interface: TUI
Wikipedia: Ne_(text_editor)
First release: 1993

ne – a free text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. See the manual for some highlights of ne’s features.

Some of the features of ne are:
– three user interfaces: control keystrokes, command line, and menus; keystrokes and menus are completely configurable;
– syntax highlighting;
– full support for UTF-8 files, including multiple-column characters;
– 64-bit file/line length;
– simple scripting language where scripts can be generated via an idiotproof record/play method;
– unlimited undo/redo capability (can be disabled with a command);
– automatic preferences system based on the extension of the file name being edited or regex content matching;
– automatic completion of prefixes using words in your documents as dictionary;
– a file requester with completion features for easy file retrieval;
– extended regular expression search and replace a la emacs and vi;
– a very compact memory model—you can easily load and modify very large files, even if they do not fit your core memory;
– editing of binary files.

ne was originally developed on the Amiga and inspired by TurboText, a wonderful editor written by Martin Taillefer. Development moved then on Linux. Todd Lewis joined the development donating code he wrote to add features required at the University of North Carolina. Daniele Filaretti helped with syntax highlighting.

ne is distributed under the GNU Public License.

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