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

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

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:

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

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

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:

Hope you enjoy it!

ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.13: much better & faster incremental search

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:

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

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:

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

ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.9 with VS-selection, great performance and other stuff

October 16th, 2010

So, we had to address a few remaining issues to call this a “high-quality” ViEmu/VS2010. We’ve been doing just that, and the release is ready.

[Update - if you want the latest, please see 2.5.10:]

The main missing thing, and most requested one, was making ViEmu use VS’s selection to handle visual mode. This option was present in ViEmu/VS “Classic”, but the previous ViEmu/VS2010 still didn’t offer it. This option allows ViEmu to interoperate much better with other VS add-ins or even internal VS functionality, as these expect text to be selected using VS-Selection. Of course, this feature also allows to use ViEmu to delete a range selected by other means: just select a region with, say, the mouse, and press ‘d’. The improved interoperability comes at the expense of more faithful vim visual range emulation: VS’s selection just doesn’t allow some of the exotic things that vim’s visual range does (cursor in the middle, etc..). For many people, this is a great trade-off.

And the second most-requested feature was improving the perfomance, and oh boy have we improved in that regard! Isaac, the lead dev of ViEmu/VS2010, has used the new edit-batching APIs inVS2010, and now many operations are blazingly fast. In some (if not all) cases, ViEmu/VS2010 is faster than ViEmu/VS “Classic”.

We’ve also fixed some bugs, improved compatibility with other 3rd party tools, etc… so here is the detailed change log:

  • Implemented remaining ViEmu settings, including ‘Use VS Selection for visual mode’, implemented.
  • Performance improvements, specially for cut/paste and search&replace operations.
  • ViEmu enters visual mode automatically when an external VS selection is made.
  • ViEmu provides a MEF service that exposes the same functions that the ViEmu “Classic” did.
  • ViEmu caret shows now correct size and position when Windows DPI settings are changed.
  • ViEmu caret should not appear anymore when opening a file while ViEmu is disabled.
  • ViEmu caret blinking time is now read from the system’s settings.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some Visual Studio commands from being executed through the :vsc ex command.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Visual Studio package projects to not be created correctly through the VS New Project Wizard.
  • Fixed an incompatibility bug with Visual Assist that caused the insertion of }])’” in normal/visual mode when the Visual Assist option ‘Insert () and closing })]’”‘ was checked.
  • Added the ‘Use adornments for hlsearch and visual range’ setting: Text adorments have been used until now for visual range and highlight search markers. These adornments render behind the text and preserve syntax highlight of the text marked, and thus don’t allow for text foreground color modification. If this setting is unchecked, the text itself of the hlsearch or visual range will be modified, and the foreground color selected in ‘Fonts and Colors’ will affect the foreground text color.

You need valid support as of October 12, 2010 for this to work fine. If you bought ViEmu/VS before October 12, 2009, head over to to renew your support for one year for a hopefully-very-reasonable $29.

And here is the link to download it:

And be sure to let us know how it works for you!

ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.7 with Visual Assist and Resharper support

August 16th, 2010

We have prepared and uploaded a new version of ViEmu/VS2010, addressing the important issue of third-party add-in compatibility. Our effort has gone to make ViEmu behave as best as possible with the two most popular third-party add-ins: Whole Tomato’s Visual Assist, and JetBrains’ Resharper. It’s still not perfect, but it should provide a much better experience. Here’s the list of things (there are also a couple of bugfixes thrown in for good):

  • vaxesc option support (to make Esc both close down the Visual Assist drop down and exit insert mode)
  • Visual Assist suggestions disabled in normal mode (this was a tough nut to crack)
  • Resharper’s Rename command is detected and ViEmu auto-enters insert mode
  • ViEmu’s ‘.’ command now works correctly even if Visual Assist is configured to convert it to ‘->’ in some cases
  • ViEmu’s “Default to Windows clipboard” option should now work just fine
  • License detection code now works with temporary licenses (we sometimes send them out manually, to extend trials, etc…)

Here is a link to download it:

You will need your support up to date as of August 9. As always, renew it if necessary at the customer area:

Let us know how it works!

ViEmu/VS2010 officially released

July 22nd, 2010

Finally, we have built & uploaded the ViEmu/VS2010 2.5.6, the first official release of ViEmu for Visual Studio 2010. We have also updated the web site to cover the new version.

The customer area now also shows a button to renew support for your existing license(s). If you have several ViEmu products, you will be offered to upgrade them all together. We will offer partial upgrades (upgrading only a few of them) in a couple of weeks, please bear with us meanwhile. If you need a temporary license to keep on using ViEmu meanwhile, just let us know and we will send one your way.

The licensing and pricing policy should be simple to understand: licensing is common for ViEmu/VS “Classic” and ViEmu/VS 2010, the same license is valid for both. Renewing support for one of the ViEmus is $29, no matter which of them (ViEmu/VS, ViEmu/SQL and ViEmu/W&O). If you renew support for ViEmu/VS, you will then get 1 full year of free upgrades for both the “Classic” and the 2010 version. If you are renewing ViEmu packs (VS+SQL, VS+W&O, or the full 3-ViEmu pack), renewing each additional SKU is just $10. Thus, renewing the DBPro pack is $39, and renewing the Enterprise pack is $49. Pack-discount pricing is applied no matter if you purchased the products at the same time, or years apart. If you are renewing multiple license, it’s just a matter of multiplying the basic price - there is no volume discount for multi-license support renewals.

We hope this will be seen as great value for money. But we’re always willing to listen, let us know if something doesn’t click for you!

Here are some useful links:

A quick summary of what this version doesn’t cover: compatibility with other 3rd-party extensions, performance for bulk editing actions like :%s, and a couple of user settings. We will address these in the next few weeks too.

As always, we hope you enjoy this, and let us know what you think!

ViEmu/VS2010 Release Candidate 2

July 19th, 2010

We decided it was necessary, and we have addressed the performance issues with hlsearch before the official release. This new version, RC2, works fast for scrolling even in my lowly but lovely Asus EEE PC 1005. It should fly on anything else. Search/replace may still be slow, we’ll address that in a future version.

Download here:

If nothing acts up, this will become the official ViEmu 2.5 for VS2010 in a couple of days. All feedback is welcome.


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