Cream – text editor

Cream is billed as a modern configuration of the Vim text editor. Cream is a set of scripts and add-ons that sit on top of gVim.

Vim is a powerful and full-featured console based text editor. However, Vim is regarded as taking some time to master. Through common menus, keyboard shortcuts, and extensive editing functions, Cream makes Vim approachable for new users and adds powerful features for experienced users.

Cream shapes Vim into an interface you probably already know (sometimes called Common User Access). Whether you are writing emails or developing large software applications, Cream aims to save you time and get you up and running quickly.

The goal of the project is to provide an approachable text editing application with keyboard shortcut and menu access to Vim’s full arsenal of functionality.

Features include:

  • Edits and converts Microsoft, Unix and Apple format text documents.
  • Supports editing of very large files, size is limited by disk space.
  • Encoding support for 38 varieties of 8-bit, 2-byte, and Unicode.
  • A single editing mode. (Cream does not use Vim’s modal editing unless turned on from the Preferences menu).
  • Tabbed document interface.
  • Have multiple documents open at a time.
  • User-selected font, window size/position and most other settings are retained and restored automatically.
  • Standard and intuitive menus. All functionality is available through pull down menus which indicate available keyboard shortcuts.
  • Syntax highlighting makes reading code easier for more than 350 programming languages.
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo.
  • Automatic text indention.
  • Block indention or unindention (with selection, Tab and Shift+Tab).
  • Bookmarking with visible margin marks.
  • Spell checking with alternative spelling suggestions and auto-correction. Many languages are supported.
  • File explorer window.
  • Programmer Features such as line golding, Template completion based on file types, Ctags navigation, and Expert mode.
  • Additional functionality through add-ons, modules that can provide a vast library of functionality including converting text to HTML, Hex to ASCII, Email Prettyfier, Email Munge, Encrypt, and a Slide Generator.

Website: cream.sourceforge.net
Support: Mailing List
Developer: Steve Hall (and 2 other developers)
License: GNU GPL v3

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