Vim version 7.0e BETA has been released

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Vim version 7.0e BETA has been released

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0e BETA

This is the fourth 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.

We are getting closer to a release.  Please report every problem you

Since the third BETA release a few more things were improved, here is
a summary:
- Added CTRL-W T: move a window to a new tab page.
- Fixed a crash on startup in the code that sets $MYVIMRC.
- The Win32 install program didn't use the "All Users" but the
  administrator directory.
- In spell files hide the || and ** around tags to make commands easier
  to read.
- Added "tabpages" to 'sessionoptions'.  A session can now also restore
  the tab pages.
- When completing menu names, e.g., after ":emenu", don't sort the
  entries but keep them in the original order.
- When a list is indexed with [a : b] and b was greater than the length
  an error message was given.  Now silently truncate the result.
- The extra files for XML Omni completion are now also installed.
- Added the 'M' flag to 'cinoptions'.
- Added gettabwinvar() and settabwinvar().
- For Hungarian the Myspell dictionary is now used again.  I gave up on
  using the Hunspell one, it has too many words.  Making this work would
  require too many changes to the code.
- 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 7.0e 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

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 7.0e is also available from CVS and with Aap:

An overview of the files:

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

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

pc/gvim70e.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-7.0d-7.0e.diff.gz    sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.0d-7.0e-extra.diff.gz   extra files
extra/vim-7.0d-7.0e-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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