Aquamacs 1.0 Released

June 8, 2007 in Software (F)

[] Aquamacs is a Mac-friendly variant of the widely-used editor Emacs. It is a versatile, fast and mature editor for source code, web pages, typesetting documents and all other forms of text. Emacs is a text editor of legendary flexibility and has made millions of programmers and writers very productive. Numerous packages allow users to extent its functionality.

After for than two years of development, the Aquamacs Project has now released version 1.0, which features enhanced usability. Aquamacs is adapted to the Mac's "Aqua" user interface. That means more than just the fact that this version of Emacs runs as a standard OS X application. But earlier versions of Emacs also had an enormously complex user interface. That is different in Aquamacs, which behaves the way Mac users expect. Aquamacs looks good and integrates well with other applications on the Mac. Normal OS X keyboard commands are offered along with the extended Emacs ones. No complicated installation is needed. Yet it's still a real GNU Emacs with all the ergonomy and extensibility that this world-class editor is famous for.

Aquamacs 1.0 includes the following features:

* A comprehensive text editing environment, with specialized support for nearly every computer language (C/C++, Python, Ruby, Perl, Java, AppleScript, Lisp, etc.) and text/markup format (HTML, XML, LaTeX, etc.)

* New Mac-style icons, menus and keyboard shortcuts for greater ease-of-use.

* Cursor, mouse and window behavior as is common on the Mac.

* Support for unicode encodings and various, in particular: Asian, input methods.

* Comprehensive user documentation in standard Apple Help format.

* Based on GNU Emacs 22, the latest release of Emacs from the GNU project.

Founded and maintained by the father of Free Software, Richard M. Stallman, GNU Emacs has a long history that began some thirty years ago. He is helped by a team of volunteers, some of which have worked hard to bring Emacs to the Mac. Aquamacs Emacs is a spin-off distribution maintained by David Reitter and his team of enthusiastic users, Mac lovers and Emacs experts.

Aquamacs 1.0 is Free Software and open-source. It is a universal binary, supporting both PPC and Intel, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 to run. Downloads and more information are available at

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