I’ve been playing around with it since seeing this article, and while the editor is a little interesting (and the mousing becomes less annoying once you’ve used it for a bit), I do miss having syntax highlighting.
On the laptop it’s not bad; I’ve got a thinkpad with a trackpoint. Maybe someone could tweak it to use OS X gestures on the mac. It would probably be rather annoying on your standard run-of-the-mill trackpad.
I’ve got a thinkpad here too. The big problem I see here is with chording, where I’ll need to use both of my thumbs. I do love sam though (although I’m not currently using it) for its command language, and already have acme installed so maybe I’ll give it a try.
And I’ve never liked syntax highlighting anyways (my current editor doesn’t do any). Try reading english after highlighting all the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, etc. in different colors and then tell me how readable it is. :)
I’m getting used to pulling this off by using my index and middle finger instead of both thumbs, it makes it easier.
As for syntax highlighting, English is a quite a bit more forgiving than computer code but I am getting used to not having syntax highlighting.
This editor really does fascinate me and does have some very interesting ideas. I do find it hard to imagine using on a laptop where so many people seem to do work these days.
I think this editor design could be very interesting on a tablet where the pointer and keyboard are more closely integrated (or just closer together).