Atom v1.0

The modern & hackable text editor from GitHub

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#4 Product of the WeekJune 25, 2015
Alexandre Jouandin
Jeffrey Labrecque
  • Pros: 

    Open source, Free, "Hackable"


    Battery hogger, slow

    Atom feels as heavy as an IDE. It has a lot of plug-ins but I find that many feel broken. Looking at Activity Monitor on Mac, you can see it uses a lot of battery, and this is a dealbreaker for me. Unfortunately it's the only "IDE" for Julia (which, ironically, is a high-performance language) so I stick with it for these tasks.

    Awesome effort/work by the community though. It's too bad I don't agree with the choices the community had to make because I personally think this could have become a true "Emacs for the 21st century" text editor.

    Alexandre Jouandin has used this product for one year.
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Daniel Schwartz
Daniel Schwartz@daniel_schwartz · Co-Founder & CEO, Dossier
Even at 1.0, Atom feels sluggish compares to Sublime Text 3. The plugin ecosystem and community around Atom seems way better than Sublime Text, but as of now it's still failing to do it's main duty for me: editing text quickly.
Jason Barone
Jason Barone@jasonbarone · Senior Design Engineer, Uber
@daniel_schwartz Same here, but the great news is the performance seems to be getting better. If the performance matches Sublime, I'll switch instantly.
Ben Ogle
Ben OgleMaker@benogle · Programmer / Designer
@daniel_schwartz yeah performance continues to be a big initiative for us. There is a lot more coming up in the next few months.
Chema@deambulando · Founder @yclascom @openclassifieds
@jasonbarone @daniel_schwartz same here, sublime speed...its just awesome! I do not see myself in another "slow" editor ever...ets see when sublime3 stable is launched....
Bruno Lemos
Bruno Lemos@brunolemos · Developer
@benogle hey ben, still waiting for performance improvements, how is that going? switched editor because of this, but I wanna come back
Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
Defunkt started this back in 2008?! But building a multi-billion dollar business got in the way?! How many great ideas can the founders of Github have? Their productivity puts them in the same class as The Musk. More on topic... with the rapid pace of Atom's development I could see it eating Sublime and Textmate's lunch really, really soon. I'm nearly a convert.
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
if there were an award for "Best Video for an Open Source Project" this would totally win it.
Rodrigo Davies
Rodrigo DaviesHiring@rodrigodavies · Head of Product, Neighborly
Great at first look, a big improvement on the beta versions. Getting occasional downtime on package installs, e.g.
Terry Xu
Terry Xu@coolnalu · SmackHighTeam, ex. Twitter, TripAdvisor
Trying it now. Good work! Hopefully the cursor performance update makes it more usable.