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New ViEmu for Atmel Studio released

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Atmel is one of the largest manufacturers of microcontrollers worldwide. They provide developers with Atmel Studio, an IDE to develop for their embedded system. They have just released the new Atmel Gallery, where extensions for their IDE can be downloaded, and we have worked with them to release a custom ViEmu for Atmel Studio, among a handful of launch partners to join this initiative. Now, embedded developers have the option of using the best editing tools for all their Atmel code!

ViEmu-ReSharper webinar video available online

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The ViEmu-ReSharper webinar run by James Kovacs last week was a success, with over 100 attendees, and we got to see James demonstrating the combination of ViEmu and ReSharper for productivity in a smooth introductory session.

I was also amazed that he was running ViEmu and ReSharper under VS 2012, running under Windows 8, running inside VMWareFusion on a Macbook, and streaming his desktop to all the webinar attendees. Incredibly, it all worked great!

Now it’s available for watching on video, from the post at JetBrains’ blog:

http://blog.jetbrains.com/blog/2012/11/02/resharper-viemu-productivity-webinar-recording/

If you have any questions, just ask them in the comments and we’ll be happy to respond!

Free webinar: Increase Visual Studio Productivity with ReSharper and ViEmu

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Hello everyone. TogetherĀ  with JetBrains, the company behind the great ReSharper tools for VS, we are going to offer a free webinar to show how Resharper and ViEmu can be used together to maximize your development pleasure and productivity.

Since ViEmu 1.0 in 2005, one of the most important values of ViEmu has been to integrate vi/vim operations not only with VS’s built-in functionality (Intellisense, etc…), but also with the most popular third-party addins. Probably the most popular one is ReSharper by JetBrains, which really helps in all .NET development tasks. Using both ViEmu and ReSharper together, many people can enjoy an incredible producvtivity boost. We’ve decided to try to get everyone to know this possibility and be able to enjoy it.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at 9:00am PDT (International Times = 10am MDT, 12pm (NYC), 6pm (CET)). You can register on this URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/985160831. Apologies to those for whom this time is not very convenient, it’s really difficult to host a global event.

We hope you can make it!

(read JetBrains’ announcement of the webinar for more details)

ViEmu 3.0 all versions ready

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

So we have the final versions of ViEmu 3.0, now ready for download from the main viemu.com site.

The main new features are the following:

  • Support for the latest VS12 RC. The same ViEmu/VS2010 build installs and works with both VS2010 and the upcoming VS12.
  • For VS2010, much better compatibility with Resharper and other add-ins, thanks to a more sophisticated way of intercepting input. Oftentimes, this looks like an arms race between VS plug-ins.
  • The ‘c’ flag (confirm) for the :s substitute command (yay, finally!). It will ask you before each replacement. Unfortunately, this is not available in Word, only in VS and SQLServer. Other minor flags for :s are also supported (’i’ and ‘I’).
  • Ctrl-N/Ctrl-P “filescan” autocompletion looking at words around the cursor, like vim. This is great for non-Intellisense autocompletion. And you can always use Ctrl-Space to autocomplete with Intellisense in Visual Studio.
  • Just in ViEmu/Word&Outlook: Ctrl-F and Ctrl-B now work more like PageUp/PageDown when ViEmu is not installed, and there’s a new “:set hidestatus” setting that hides the status bar when you are not editing anything and there is no relevant message, so that it won’t obscure the document.
  • Just in ViEmu/SQL Server 2005 & 2008: a new setting that you can enable so that Ctrl-U is not gobbled up by SQL Server and you can use it to scroll half a page up, as Bill Joy always intended.
  • Support for ViEmu/SQL Server 2012. A fully new version, licensed jointly with ViEmu/SQL Server “Classic”.

Here are the links to download them:

The only change from 3.0.1 to 3.0.2, in the VS2010/12 version, is that we have fixed the “Use VS selection for visual mode” setting, this compatibility mode had stopped working.

Let us know if anything comes up!

[UPDATED June 27: new 3.0.3 version for VS2010/VS12 and SQL Server 2012, fixing a minor glitch when moving the cursor with the mouse - no wonder we hadn’t detected it earlier (what’s the mouse do in vi?)]
[UPDATED June 29: new 3.0.4 version for VS2010/VS12 and SQL Server 2012, fixing the cursor movement lagging a bit in some cases, which was annoying]
[UPDATED July 5: new 3.0.5 version for VS2010/VS12 and SQL Server 2012, fixing macros and ESC-dismissing of Resharper Intellisense]
[UPDATED July 21: new 3.0.6 version for all editions, with the following improvements:

  • Optimized search code for a faster response time, mainly on VS (both Classic & 2010/12).
  • VS2010/12: Improved ‘.’ repeat command when using autocomplete features from VS or 3rd party add-ins.
  • VS2010/12: Fixed problems when ‘Use VS selection for visual mode’ is set, such as ViEmu entering visual mode automatically when Visual Assist edited code while typing for options such as ‘Insert _ after m and shift’.
  • VS2010/12: Fixed a bug that caused strange scrolling behaviour when ‘Use VS selection for visual mode’ was set and a visual studio selection was active.

]
[UPDATED Sept 10: new 3.0.8 version for VS2010/12, improving behavior with the new ReSharper 7, and making buffer closes remove buffers from the :ls internal buffer list]
[UPDATED Sept 20: new 3.0.9 version for VS2010/12, improving behavior with the new ReSharper 7 under Windows 8 (yes there were side-effects)]
[UPDATED Oct 23: new 3.0.10 version for VS2010/12, fixing yet other minor interactions with ReSharper]
[UPDATED Oct 30: new 3.0.11 version for VS2010/12, fixing yet other minor interactions with VS’s visual selection]
[UPDATED Dec 3: new 3.0.12 version for VS2010/12, improving interaction with Visual Assist’s Intellisense]
[UPDATED Dec 24: new 3.0.13 version for VS2010/12, fixing two annoying issues: removed “read-only file warning” while debugging .NET code, and made search open folds!]

ViEmu 3.0 beta 1 ready (for all VS versions, SQL Server and Word&Outlook)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

So we finally have the first beta versions of ViEmu 3.0 available.

The main new features are the following:

  • Support for the latest VS12 RC. The same ViEmu/VS2010 build installs and works with both VS2010 and the upcoming VS12.
  • For VS2010, much better compatibility with Resharper and other add-ins, thanks to a more sophisticated way of intercepting input. Oftentimes, this looks like an arms race between VS plug-ins.
  • The ‘c’ flag (confirm) for the :s substitute command (yay, finally!). It will ask you before each replacement. Unfortunately, this is not available in Word, only in VS and SQLServer. Other minor flags for :s are also supported (’i’ and ‘I’).
  • Ctrl-N/Ctrl-P “filescan” autocompletion looking at words around the cursor, like vim. This is great for non-Intellisense autocompletion. And you can always use Ctrl-Space to autocomplete with Intellisense in Visual Studio.
  • Just in ViEmu/Word&Outlook: Ctrl-F and Ctrl-B now work more like PageUp/PageDown when ViEmu is not installed, and there’s a new “:set hidestatus” setting that hides the status bar when you are not editing anything and there is no relevant message, so that it won’t obscure the document.
  • Just in ViEmu/SQL Server 2005 & 2008: a new setting that you can enable so that Ctrl-U is not gobbled up by SQL Server and you can use it to scroll half a page up, as Bill Joy always intended.

Here are the links to download them:

And finally, we also have a new ViEmu for SQL Server 2012 working! We are just giving the finishing touches to the installer, which needs some custom work, and we hope to release beta 1 of this version on the weekend. As in VS, licensing will be joint with ViEmu for SQL Server “Classic”.

You need to have valid supportĀ  as of today for these builds to work. If you need a temporary license key, get in touch with us using email or the support form and we’ll be happy to send one to you.

We’ll be happy to hear all your feedback!

Early ViEmu build for VS11

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

So, we’ve been hard at work, and we have a build of ViEmu/VS that works with the latest VS11 beta. Here is the link to download it:

http://www.viemu.com/ViEmu_VS11-2.6.vsix

This will only install itself into VS11 (not into VS2010, even if you have it installed too), and it will either enter trial mode for 30 days, or you need a license key with support up-to-date. If you need a temporary license key, just let us know.

VS11 is still in beta, but we want to be there early. Let us know how this works for you!

Upcoming ViEmu 3.0

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

After a long time with reduced activity on the ViEmu front, we have finally been able set aside some time to work on it again. We plan to dedicate a lot of time over the next two months to prepare a much needed new version of the ViEmus, on all editions. We don’t have a specific date for the release, but the end of May would be a likely target.

Here are the main areas we want to address:

  • Improve compatibility with the most used VS plug-ins (Resharper and Visual Assist), and also with the latest VS service packs. We are always working on this, but since VS and especially R# and VAX are moving targets, there’s no way to avoid playing catch-up!
  • Support for some much-requested vi/vim features, such as support for confirmation option ‘c’ in the :s substitute command, Ctrl-N and Ctrl-P filescan autocompletion (complete looking around for words around the cursor, etc…), and maybe some others (quick-wins or low-hanging-fruit, that is, features that don’t require too much work but that can be very beneficial
  • Possibly, VS11 support. We are unsure of how much effort this is, we did some early research and it didn’t seem straightforward at all, so we may need to do a 3.0 without this, and add VS11 support afterwards.

Since the vi/vim core is common among all the ViEmus, features like ‘:s///c’ support and filescan-autocompletion will work on all of them. Others of course are app-specific (mainly the VS-related ones).

We have already started working on this, but in any case, we would be very happy to listen to your suggestions for features, and try to incorporate them in the next release, or even in this one if they are doable in the alotted time. So, feel free to post your suggestions below.

And thanks for your patience! Software takes a lot of time and effort, and life has that way of getting in the way…

New ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.14 available

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The previous ViEmu/VS release seems to have solved all stability issues, so here we go with a new release including a couple of small but missed improvements:

  • System Caret set to not blinking is now honored by ViEmu
  • Fixed a bug in the timer for ambiguous mappings that did not restart the timer correctly after keypresses

It will require valid support as of January 14. You can get it here:

http://www.viemu.com/ViEmuVS2010-2.5.14.vsix

Hope you enjoy it!

ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.13: much better & faster incremental search

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

We have finally built and tested a new version of ViEmu/VS2010, which should be a really good and solid new version that will hopefully last as the “stable” version for some time. Performance, compatibility with third-party-apps, etc… we have made sure this version can be used by ViEmu users for a long time to come. Here is the link:

http://www.viemu.com/ViEmuVS2010-2.5.13.vsix

Main improvement is a highly enhanced incremental search: we included the highlight marker, and made it 6 times faster! We found out the hard way that C++ object creating in .NET (C++/CLI) is incredibly much slower than in native C++. Our coding style is often based on abstract templates and uses classes for powerful abstractions, passing them by value - rather than passing a “pointer to text buffer” we pass a “text buffer”abstraction that can be just a buffer pointer, or a couple of data items, etc… this is great for abstraction, and not a performance issue in most sane implementations of C++, but it is a problem in C++/CLI. Oh well. We did something to avoid hitting this point, and now things are much faster.

And here is the detailed change log:

  • Added a setting ‘Automatic visual range from VS Selection’, active by default. This setting enables/disables the ViEmu behavior that automatically enters visual mode when a Visual Studio selection is detected.
  • Added a visual marker for incremental search, whose color can be modified through the Fonts & Colors dialog.
  • Fixed a bug when changing the keyboard layout in the middle of a ViEmu/VS session.
  • Entrian Search add-in should now be compatible with ViEmu.
  • Optimizations to the incremental search: it should now perform up to 6 times faster than before.
  • Some small improvements for selection/visual range behavior.
  • Fixed a bug where ViEmu settings window would not have its parent correctly set, leading to unwanted behavior when switching apps.

Let us know how it works for you!

ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.10 with a few more fixes

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

It turns out the last 2.5.9 had a few glitches. We decided to fix them quickly, as they were important. Here is the list of fixes:

  • Fixed Visual Studio lockup on replace command when replacing with an empty string.
  • Fixed some motions that didn’t work when the ‘Windows-like wordwrap navigation’ setting was active.
  • ReSharper should now not add a closing ‘”)]} while in normal mode when ‘Auto-insert pair brackets, parentheses and quotes’ option is on.
  • The ‘multiple Esc presses needed to return to normal mode’ with ReSharper and ViEmu should now be alleviated.
  • Added code to enhance general application stability

And here is the link to download it:

http://www.viemu.com/ViEmuVS2010-2.5.10.vsix

We hope to have this be the stable version of ViEmu/VS2010 for some time. Hope you like it!


Highlights

ViEmu: vi/vim emulation for Visual Studio, Word, Outlook and SQL Server:
ViEmu
See where ViEmu customers are around the world:
Map of ViEmu customers around the world
Hear what others are saying about ViEmu:
ViEmu testimonials
Learn vi/vim easily with this cheat-sheet and tutorial:
Vi/vim Cheat Sheet and Tutorial
Read why vi/vim editing is the killerest:
Why vi/vim editing?
Discover ViEmu's sister product, Codekana:
Codekana outliner and syntax highlighter