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A look ahead at UltraEdit for Mac v2.2

Ian D. Mead,

UltraEdit v2.2 is in the works!

We are very happy to see such acceptance of our UltraEdit for Mac offering and development continues.

The v2.1 release in early March marked major performance increases under the hood as well as a few features targeting conversion of line terminators and the like. The v2.1 release positioned our Mac team to turn to v2.2 development which is expected in May/June.

We do not often advertise features that are under development because we do not want to create a false expectation of something that does not make the planned release due to inadequate beta testing or unforeseen delays.

With this is mind, we do want to share some of the proposed features for v2.2 starting with more GUI work to facilitate a greater native user experience and a higher degree of configuration as our Windows community enjoys. Anticipated new functionality includes:

  • Split window
  • Duplicate window
  • Expanded file tab choices
  • And other advances

Other functionality under way:

  • Support for unlimited wordfiles
  • Incremental search
  • Ctags

Our Mac group is working daily on bringing UltraEdit for Mac to the point of exceeding our current Windows capabilities. Beyond v2.2 is a planned v2.3 for August and that release tempo will continue about every 2-3 months until the Mac version reaches parity with UE Windows and even beyond! It’s also exciting to announce that UltraCompare for Mac is expected this year as well!

Thank you for trusting IDM as you solution provider.



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Reply #1 on : Mon March 14, 2011, 17:56:27
an automatic update function within the app would be great.
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spell checker
Reply #2 on : Mon March 14, 2011, 19:16:02
I really like UE for mac as well as for the other platforms. You are really doing a great job.

But please, please make the spell checking language selectable. It is really annoying to go to the system Mac settings and disable all other languages to have UE for Mac checking my text in language X.

Also, in text highlighting of words that are not know to the word file of the selected computer language and to the language used by the spell checker would be perfect.

I miss in text highlighting for unknown words in UEX as well. Not sure whether UE for Windows has it. Those days, I'm not using Windows that often.
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My pick for most important new feature
Reply #3 on : Mon March 14, 2011, 22:05:09
USER TOOLS..... why is this feature continually being put towards the bottom of the list? I have been a developer for more years than I can count.... and User Tools I use all the time.... much more than Ctags, split windows and such..... Heck... there are already menu items for these....

Version 5? perhaps?
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Tripple clicking
Reply #4 on : Tue March 15, 2011, 09:36:29
As per the Mac UI guidelines, triple clicking a line shall select it. Would be great to have that working.
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Ultra Edit for Mac 10.4 non Intel?
Reply #5 on : Tue March 15, 2011, 09:51:51
In haste before a 10 day trip I recently bought Ultra Edit 2.1 for Mac because I've used the regular edition for over 10 years and always been pleased with it. Unfortunately the Mac I bought it for is a Power PC based laptop running OS-X 10.4, so I haven't even been able to try it. Since your Linux requirements do not mention Intel I have some hope that 2.3 or some future version may support my travel laptop. Is there any chance?


A still mostly satisfied user.
Griff Derryberry
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Thanks for sharing the Mac look ahead
Reply #6 on : Tue March 15, 2011, 11:54:14
Thank you for sharing the Mac look ahead. I work in the software industry as well and it's a difficult balance to give a sense of what one is developing and managing expectations. I look forward to UltraCompare on the Mac. I intend to use it to compare iTunes directories to see which has what music.

Keep up the great work!

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Reply #7 on : Wed March 16, 2011, 10:24:45
Well done! UE for the Mac is brilliant, I know there's still more to do, but it's looking & feeling great already. I've used Ultra Edit & UES for years on Windows and really missed it when my work moved to the Mac - that's no longer the case!
Software Maniac
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Love the cross-platform solution
Reply #8 on : Thu March 31, 2011, 11:05:36
In fact, I have a new eBook coming out in April entitled "InDesign to Kindle" that I would like to highlight UE Win/Mac as the text editor of choice for authors and DTP professionals to use. An advance link is here:

I would not be recommending your software tool if you didn't have it available on both platforms. So, you have a very happy customer!
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Reply #9 on : Wed April 13, 2011, 19:36:50
You've spoiled me with UE on Windows, so now please focus on overall performance tuning for the Mac version. It is very gratifying to see the frequent and perceptible improvements thus far. Thanks for the look ahead.
Steve Melton
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Ian's picture
Reply #10 on : Thu April 14, 2011, 11:28:30
Ian, Perpetually young picture! I'm still on version Medit. Steve
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TIA for improving UE/Mac ASAP
Reply #11 on : Tue April 19, 2011, 13:13:05
UltraEdit was my "Windows anchor" app. Finally, when I realized UE/Mac was available, I traded in my old, bulky, malware-ridden PC laptop for a shiny new Mac. Great was my disappointment, however, once I started using UE on my new Mac and realized that it is woefully featureless compared to the Win version. :(

I was pleased, however, when during my trial period, two different incremental upgrades were released, and I was able to see that there is REAL PROGRESS being made toward getting the Mac version up-to-speed (both literally and figuratively).

After stewing over the decision to pay real money for a product that's not-yet-all-it-should-be, and trying out various other alternative Mac-native text editors, my trial period finally expired today. When I clicked on my UE icon, and it wouldn't open without a registration key, I felt immediate withdrawal pains.

I've decided to jump on board this project and I just purchased a 2-user unlimited upgrade license for UE/Mac. You got my money now, Ian, but you've almost burned up all of my loyalty getting me this far. Please, PLEASE, stay on top of this project and let's get it tuned up so that it becomes just as useful as the Win version. Please. (Crossing my fingers. :)

PS. I'd ask for specific fixes, but things you mentioned on this blog are a great start, and the rest of my list would just be way too long. You know what makes UE good. I'll just wait for more upgrades.
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Mac App Store
Reply #12 on : Sat May 07, 2011, 01:36:42
Will you please consider distributing UltraEdit on the Mac App Store?
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Updates on 2.2?
Reply #13 on : Fri June 03, 2011, 14:43:06
I'm glad to see that there's patch releases coming out but I'm getting antsy having to scroll back and forth not having a split view or duplicate window of a file open!
Nils Harald Berge
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incremental search
Reply #14 on : Thu September 01, 2011, 04:51:04
what happend to incrementel search? Just bought 2.2 but it´s not there. Can we expect this in 2.3?

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