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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    There's no outdated...
    I used wordpad again yesterday to format some javascript I copied from Bashing-om's link.

    We're getting off topic.
    Correct. We should be talking about vim.

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    I started off with Emacs decades ago and now use jed, a lightweight editor that defaults to an Emacs-like interface. jed supports both keystroke macros and, for more complicated tasks, ones written in its macro language, S-lang. Here are some examples: https://docs.huihoo.com/homepage/dku...ed_macros.html

    Like vim and nano, jed is a text-mode editor. It uses control and escape key sequences where you hold down the Ctrl or Esc key and type a letter. However it also has a menu that you can activate by pressing F10. Recording and playing back keystroke macros is available from F10 > Edit > Key Macros.

    jed is in the Ubuntu repositories.
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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    Picking an editor is a very personal thing. If you want to start a holy war in any computing forums, just ask "what editor should I use." Part of the Unix culture and has been since the 1980s. Would you walk into a pub in Manchester and say that M-United sucks? That's how Unix people feel about their editor choice.

    I have only one use for nano, gedit, kate, xedit, pico.
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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Picking an editor is a very personal thing. ......<snip>.......
    Find what works for you, ignore everyone else.
    Yup. I use different editors depending on what I'm working on.

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    How about we answer the OP's question rather than engage in a discussion of editors? As I said, I use jed and know it supports macros. I don't think nano does. I rarely use kate, but a quick look suggests it doesn't support macros either.
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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    How about we answer the OP's question rather than engage in a discussion of editors? As I said, I use jed and know it supports macros. I don't think nano does. I rarely use kate, but a quick look suggests it doesn't support macros either.
    Because none of the documentation I am reading says that Nano and Bluefish do not offer support for Macros. When I do a search for text editors that support macros, those editors do come up in every article. If those two don't do macros, then I would use VIM. It appears from post 3 that the OP has found what he/she wants for now.

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    I can imagine a use case where you'd create a script that would launch any text editor after appending the date and a delineation to the file with a simple echo command. I mean something like

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    echo ============= >>$1
    date >>$1
    vim $1
    For some simple formatting consider using markdown syntax.

    Otherwise, LibreOffice Writer supports BASIC macros, like Word does.

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    There have been various problems with the editor for a bit now. Although it's a good starting point editor, I try few editors and now I use a third party editor with Vivado. I'm running Notepad++ on my Windows platform and it's integrated nicely with Vivado and offers more bells and whistles than the Vivado editor (macros, etc.) and for the most part is bug free. Notepad++ will run on Ubuntu as well, my suggestion is to jump to a third party editor. Good luck

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    Zim is a graphical note-taking app - like a personal wiki. No macros that I remember.

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    Re: Suggestions for a Text Editor with Macros

    With xdotool, every program has a macro capability.

    Heck, there are other programs that handle nearly infinite macros like AutoKey. There are probably 10 others, not counting automatic testing tools. Staying native, means it is unlikely your favorite tool will become unsupported.

    Part of the Unix philosophy is to build smaller tools that do 1 thing really well AND work with other tools. This is very different from the Windows way of building stuff - which includes everything + the kitchen sink.

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