Github has released a new text editor this past month called Atom. I finally received an invite and it is time to put it to the test against Sublime and Textmate.
As of the date of this post I am using TextMate. But in the past I have used Sublime Text and have recently started trying out Github’s Atom.
###Overall look and feel
All three editors have a very similar look. Can you guess which one is which? All three editors tie based on my qualifications for overall look and feel.
|customizable color formatting||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Github’s Atom has the best Git integration. I really like the coloring indications, number of line changes, and branch identification.
|default git integration||Yes||No||Yes|
|display current branch||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|display file modifications||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|display # of line changes||Yes||N/A||No|
All three have a package management system. And oddly enough, they all kinda look the exact same too. The shortcut is the same for both Atom and Sublime. I give this one a tie to both Atom and Sublime. Where is a Textmate bundle search site?
|manager shortcut key||cmd+shft+p||cmd+shft+p||none|
I am going to give this to Textmate, because I like that you can see updates on a few tags as you type (see above screenshot). Atom does has a Markdown preview tab, which provides more of an accurate preview. But it does not take into account templates, which honestly would be very difficult.
They are all so similar that I could not make a good argument for using one over the other in this category.
###Wicked cool stuff
###Installation and updates
Textmate can be downloaded at http://macromates.com/download and has a simple installation process. It does have automatic updates.
Sublime can be downloaded for evaluation at http://www.sublimetext.com. The installation process is also simple, and also has an automatic update process.
Atom is currently invite only, but you can sign up at https://atom.io/. The installation was also simple. I have not received an update yet, so I can not comment on it. Once you get an invite, you have three invites to give out. I still have my three, leave a comment or tweet if you would like one.