Vim version 7.0d BETA has been released

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Vim version 7.0d BETA has been released

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0d BETA

This is the third BETA release of Vim 7.  It appears to be quite stable
and about ready for daily use, but I would like to do some more testing
to be sure.

Since the second BETA release quite a few things were improved, here is
a summary:
- $MYVIMRC is set to to the first found .vimrc file and $MYGVIMRC to the
  first found .gvimrc file.  Added menu item "Startup Settings" that
  edits the $MYVIMRC file
- Added matcharg().
- The tab page labels are shortened, directory names are reduced to a
  single letter by default.  Added the pathshorten() function to allow a
  user to do the same.
- Added CTRL-W gf: open file name under the cursor in a new tab page.
- "New tab" item in the GUI tabline menu opens tab left of the click.
- Added "usetab" to 'switchbuf': jump to window in other tab page.
- Added tabpage-local variables t:var.
- 'cmdheight' now works local to a tab page.
- Motif: Added GUI tab pages line. (Yegappan Lakshmanan)
- Win32: The font used for the tab page labels was too big.  Use the
  system menu font. (George Reilly)
- Use of the Enter key for the popup menu works differently, hopefully
- Win32: Set the default for 'isprint' back to the wrong default
  "@,~-255", because many people use Windows-1252 while 'encoding' is
- When init_spellfile() finds a writable directory in 'runtimepath' but
  it doesn't contain a "spell" directory, create one.
- A series of bug fixes, see the end of ":help version7".

Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added.  To mention a few:

- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion: Omni completion
- Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
- Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
- Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
- Vim script profiling
- Improved Unicode support
- Highlighting of matching parens, cursor line and cursor column
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing of remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text

Once you have installed Vim 7.0d BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7".  There are also a lot of
bug fixes.


This is a BETA test version.  Please give it a good test and report
anything that isn't right.  That includes a crash but also a typo in the

A known problem is that generating the Hungarian spell file doesn't

I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7.  A Mac version should
be available soon on

Where to get it

Information about which files to download for what system:

All files can be found below this directory:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Vim 7.0d is also available from CVS and with Aap:

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-7.0d.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

extra/vim-7.0d-extra.tar.gz     extra files
extra/vim-7.0d-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/              help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim70d.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/                 runtime files
pc/               files for translated messages and menus
pc/                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/                16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

unix/vim-7.0c-7.0d.diff.gz    sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.0c-7.0d-extra.diff.gz   extra files
extra/vim-7.0c-7.0d-lang.diff.gz    multi-language files

Mailing lists

For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list.  There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions.  You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe.  See

If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
to the vim-dev mailing list.  See

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues:
Macintosh issues:

Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
already have given the answer.

Reporting bugs

Send them to <[hidden email]>.  Please describe the problem precisely.
All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
spent on improving Vim!  Always give a reproducible example and try to
find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
bug.  Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE".  Try
different machines if possible.  See ":help bugs" in Vim.  Send me a
patch if you can!

If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list.  You need to subscribe first.

Happy Vimming!

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