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Aquamacs is the Emacs editor that Mac users love. Aquamacs lets you write text from LaTeX manuscripts to to-do lists, from C to Cobol, Java, Python, Shell-script, Lisp, everything! Aquamacs looks and behaves like other Mac programs - even though it's still the powerful GNU Emacs with all the extensibility that millions have come to appreciate.

Emacs is a text editor of legendary power and configurability, but it also has an enormously complex interface. Aquamacs tames the Emacs tiger: you get Apple shortcuts (in addition to the Emacs ones), nice fonts, one file per window
What's New
Version 3.0a:
  • This Aquamacs is based on Emacs 24. Highlights:
    • A major addition to Emacs 24 is its package managing system. (Start with M-x list-packages. Re-installing included packages is not recommended.)
    • There is a new word count function (see Aquamacs Edit menu).
    • Right-to-left text (Arabic, Persian, Hebrew) is well supported now even when mixed with left-to-right text.
    • Completion has been improved (e.g., it is connected to the CEDET Semantic library. When enabled, you can use M-Tab to complete symbols in C mode, for instance.)
    • Please refer to http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/news/ for a list of changes in GNU Emacs 24.
  • Aquamacs 3.0 is distributed as a binary for 64-bit Intel Macs only. If you would like to run Aquamacs on a 32-bit Mac, or a PowerPC based Mac, you may still build it yourself from source, or use Aquamacs 2.5.
  • High-resolution retina screens are better supported by the `preview' function in LaTeX mode. Previews are rendered in a size adjusted to the font used to edit the document.
  • New, high-resolution icons appear in the toolbar (for LaTeX); standard visual effects and animations are used for new frames.
  • `mouse-drag-copy-region' is enabled (non-nil), which maintain behavior similar to that of the previous Aquamacs and Emacs versions. Selecting some text with the mouse will add it to the kill-ring, so that users may insert it with C-y.
  • The region is no longer extended when dragging the mouse while holding the Shift key, because the `mouse-sel' package is now obsolete in Emacs 24. Users can, for the time being, bring back the functionality by adding the following to their Preferences.el file:

    (require 'mouse-sel)
    (global-set-key (vector '(shift down-mouse-1)) 'mouse-extend)


  • Smart spacing no longer affects text yanked with mouse-2 (Command-mouse click), for the the time being. To get this added convenience, (global-set-key (vector `(mouse-2)) 'mouse-yank-at-click) may be used.
  • Abbreviations are, by default, persistant: they are saved upon quitting Aquamacs. Configure `save-abbrevs' to change this default.
  • paredit-mode is included (version 23), which provides operations that, in Lisp, preserve the integrity of the syntax trees (i.e., keep/delete s-expressions as a whole). See here for more information: http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/ParEdit, and here for an informative screencast: http://emacsrocks.com/e14.html. Written by Taylor R. Campbell.
  • dart-mode (version 0.9) included. Written by Nathan Weizenbaum. File endings: .dart. (Fixed in version 3.0a).
  • markdown-mode (version 2.0) included. Written by Jason R. Blevins. File endings: .md. (Fixed in version 3.0a).
  • python-mode updated to version 6.1.3 (pre-release 2014-01-19). Comes with a streamlined menu and many detailed improvements, but drops Pymacs integration. Aquamacs will bring back Ropemacs and Pymacs in a future version. See here for changes: https://launchpad.net/python-mode/+announcements
  • Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) updated to version 13.09-1. See here for changes: http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/news.html
  • The default directory for buffers is the home directory in OS X 10.9 Mavericks as in previous OS X versions.
  • Isearch no longer aborts a search at seemingly random (but rare) times.
  • Clicking on the Aquamacs dock icon will again create a new buffer or de-minimize a window, as is standard on OS X.
  • A certain rare crash when viewing a compiled LaTeX file (and in other situations) has been addressed.
Version 3.0a:
  • This Aquamacs is based on Emacs 24. Highlights:
    • A major addition to Emacs 24 is its package managing system. (Start with M-x list-packages. Re-installing included packages is not recommended.)
    • There is a new word count function (see Aquamacs Edit menu).
    • Right-to-left text (Arabic, Persian, Hebrew) is well supported now even when mixed more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later





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Aquamacs User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Sebastian_szwarc commented on 08 Sep 2012
When version 3 will be ready? Common Emacs 24 got its 24.2 upgrade and Aquamacs still cannot go to version 3?
[Version 2.4]


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Iliketrash commented on 30 Mar 2012
Downloading fails at around 14 MB.
[Version 2.4]


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Brian-Kendig reviewed on 27 Oct 2011
My Aquamacs is stuck in fullscreen mode. I clicked the arrows at the right end of the window's title bar, and it went fullscreen; but mousing to the top of the screen doesn't bring the arrows back. Even when I quit and restart Aquamacs, it's now permanently fullscreen; there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it back into a window. The online help has nothing about this.
[Version 2.4]

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Brian-Kendig replied on 27 Oct 2011
Ah, figured it out - when Aquamacs launches it briefly puts a message at the bottom of the screen. M-x ns-toggle-fullscreen gets me out.
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Cowicide commented on 01 Sep 2011
Features:

> it also has an enormously complex interface

LOL, oh man.. that gave me a chuckle. I know what they are trying to say.. but... Sigh... when programmers handle copy, it's funny.
[Version 2.3a]


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Negritude commented on 29 Jul 2011
FYI, a universal Intel/PPC version can be downloaded here:

http://aquamacs.org/download-release-ub.shtml
[Version 2.3]


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+21

Fenrisulf reviewed on 17 Jan 2011
Great for those who love emacs but need some Aqua integration (more than say Fink could give you)...

You either love it or hate it, but emacs is a powerful editor/environment.
[Version 2.1]


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Sxreader reviewed on 11 May 2010
The usability is very nice. It contains all of unix emacs along some mac/cocoa improvements. However the speed is horrible. Compared to the unmodified emacs and also textmate it takes ages to load, especially if you pick your own color profile. You would think that cocoa would make it more "native" and thus faster, but this is not the case. I deleted all my preferences and still the startup time is ridiculous on a macbook pro. For someone who does a lot of small edits this is not very practical. For this and also the bundles I switched to textmate.
[Version 2.0]

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David Reitter (developer) replied on 11 May 2010
If you do a lot of small edits from the command-line, consider using "emacsclient" or the included "aquamacs" command line tool (Tools menu).

Aquamacs is not designed to be restarted again and again, even though the startup time on my machine is less than 3 seconds (when cached).
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Michael Chen commented on 10 May 2010
Which version of Emacs is aquamacs 2.0 based on, 23.1 or 23.2? Thanks
[Version 2.0]

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David Reitter (developer) replied on 10 May 2010
It's based on Emacs 23.2.

(We also have versions based on Emacs 22 (Aquamacs 1.x) and a very experimental version based on Emacs 24 (development snapshot) available on our website (nightly builds).
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David Reitter (developer) commented on 10 May 2010
This is the final Aquamacs 2.0 release. Thanks to everyone who helped test and improve the new version.
[Version 2.0]


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David Reitter (developer) commented on 27 Oct 2009
Note: This is a preview version. We regularly maintain and recommend version 1.9 for mission-critical use.

The correct version name of this is "2.0preview3".
[Version 2.0pr3]


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License:Free
Date:22 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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Aquamacs is the Emacs editor that Mac users love. Aquamacs lets you write text from LaTeX manuscripts to to-do lists, from C to Cobol, Java, Python, Shell-script, Lisp, everything! Aquamacs looks and behaves like other Mac programs - even though it's still the powerful GNU Emacs with all the extensibility that millions have come to appreciate.

Emacs is a text editor of legendary power and configurability, but it also has an enormously complex interface. Aquamacs tames the Emacs tiger: you get Apple shortcuts (in addition to the Emacs ones), nice fonts, one file per window (if wanted), international input methods, Apple Help manuals and more. Aquamacs comes with a range of modes for various markup and programming languages: HTML, C/C++, Java, Python, Perl, AppleScript, Tcl, XML, R (S)... These modes have extra functions for the languages, including excellent syntax highlighting. You can even use Aquamacs to read news and e-mail, just like any Emacs.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.


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