Today is a big day for all TextMate fans! Those who feared TM2/Avian would end up as vaporware can sleep well at night again. Out of the blue Allan Odgaard himself said that Avian is coming along nicely, and should be only weeks away from an early private alpha.
Unfortunately for us mere mortals, it may still be half a year’s wait for the public beta, but I don’t think that matters as much. As soon as TextMate is released to more people than Allan and Ciaran, and even if the only thing they can confirm is that they got a copy of TM2, I think that is proof enough for the waiting masses that TM2 is coming along, that it’s not vaporware, and the Macromates is a company you shouldn’t write off just yet.
Allan will probably have people signing a NDA to avoid competition copying and publishing features before TM2 is out, but the most important thing is that TM2 is in a state where it can be used for text editing and is still under heavy development.
Hopefully this will also stop the negative comments around TM2 being vaporware, when it’s clearly not.
Transcript from IRC:
allan: joachimm: Avian is coming along nicely though
alexross: allan: nicely?
allan: as in, I think I could give previews to really trusted people in a month maybe
alexross: oh, that does sound nice
allan: yeah, still lacks lots of stuff, but at least it will be as good at editing text as 1.x
allan: there can easily be 6 months from preview to trusted people to actual beta