Atom is the newest text editor on the block.
For the past few months, it has been in an invite only beta. As of writing this, Github has released their new project as open source under the MIT license. Atom has stolen my heart as my favorite editor.
Here are some reasons why you might want to give it a shot.
What is Atom?
Atom is a desktop application based on web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system.
Basically, its a text editor with a ton of extra goodies available. It’s currently available to download for OSX. Windows/Linux versions are available if you download the source and compile it yourself.
Here are just a few features that might be useful for you.
- Markdown Preview: With Atom, you can toggle dual pane windows and experience your markdown editing in real time. I’m actually writing this post using it, and it is a pleasure to use.
- Developer Tools: Google Chrome’s Dev tools are built into this application. This is a really neat feature that is not available in any other editor. You can style your editor however you want.
- Command Palette: With a simple keyboard shortcut (cmd-shift-P) you can open up the command palette. All you have to do is remember that one shortcut and you can access all the actions available through Atom.
Why Should You Use Atom?
Well for starters, it’s a fully featured text editor that looks great. I would compare it to Sublime Text 3 in terms of usability. The difference with Atom is that it is open source. That means its completely free to use. Yes, I said free. If you are a church on a tight budget, or a digital tentmaker on an even tighter budget, and can’t afford a $70 license for Sublime, this is the way to go.
You can download the editor for free at Atom.io.