4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 31, 2008 11:13 AM by Newsgroup_User

    External Script Editors?

    Level 7
      Does anybody have suggestions for external script-editors that work with
      Lingo? I've tried the usual searches, but the first several pages of Google
      all seem to link to the same program (lingo script editor 0.42) whose
      website is now defunct - www.creative-inspiration.net (Don't bother clicking
      that link, there's nothing there.) I don't know if that specific program
      is what I'm looking for (can't even get a screenshot), but it's the only one
      that seems to appear on searches, and it doesn't even exist anymore, so I
      don't know where else to look. Ideally, something that works from within
      the Director authoring environment would be best, I'm not sure how many fit
      the bill for that, but I'm getting pretty sick of all the annoying bugs and
      lack of features in the default internal editor. (Is highlighting of
      corresponding parentheses too much to ask? Every other code editor in the
      world does it, but not Director's for some reason. Also collapsable code
      blocks would be nice, and a "what links here" feature like on wikis to track
      code a bit better would be really invaulable. Heck, even a back-button to
      go back to the last script you were working on? Nah, that's just asking too
      much.)


        • 1. External Script Editors?
          Chunick Level 3
          you need to do searches for general editors which allow you to use a [keyword highlight file|word file|syntax file] for [Director|Lingo|.ls format].

          Here's one called HiEditor:
          http://programmerstools.org/node/701
          - click on the HiEditor.zip link under File:

          .ls syntax file here:
          http://www.winasm.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=2220

          Or better yet, UltraEdit (but it costs $):
          http://www.ultraedit.com/downloads/ultraedit_download.html
          Here's the word file page:
          http://www.ultraedit.com/downloads/extras.html#wordfiles
          - search for Lingo and you should find two entries.
          • 2. Re: External Script Editors?
            Level 7
            > you need to do searches for general editors which allow you to use a
            > keyword
            > highlight file for Director or Lingo or .ls format.
            >
            > Here's one called HiEditor:
            > http://programmerstools.org/node/701
            > - click on the HiEditor.zip link under File:
            >
            > .ls syntax file here:
            > http://www.winasm.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=2220

            Is there a different version of HiEditor somewhere? Because the one you
            pointed me to doesn't seem to have any such features at all, basically just
            seems to be Notepad with tabs. The Options menu doesn't seem to have
            anything that would allow you to do script highlighting, auto-indent, or
            basically anything except font and size. There's also no Help file at all,
            nor any info on the site about how to use this.

            > Or better yet, UltraEdit (but it costs $):
            > http://www.ultraedit.com/downloads/ultraedit_download.html
            > Here's the word file page:
            > http://www.ultraedit.com/downloads/extras.html#wordfiles
            > - search for Lingo and you should find two entries.

            I looked at UltraEdit - played around with the shareware version a bit.
            Looks like it's got most of the features I was looking for, though certain
            things I can't get to work properly. (e.g. Auto-indents for case
            statements, proper indenting of lines with if/then and command on the same
            line, a few others) Also $50 is a bit steep for a text-editor, I think.
            Maybe I can get my boss to pay for it, (though not if it comes at the cost
            of my paycheck, you know how it is...)


            • 3. External Script Editors?
              Chunick Level 3
              quote:

              Is there a different version of HiEditor somewhere? Because the one you
              pointed me to doesn't seem to have any such features at all, basically just
              seems to be Notepad with tabs. The Options menu doesn't seem to have
              anything that would allow you to do script highlighting, auto-indent, or
              basically anything except font and size. There's also no Help file at all,
              nor any info on the site about how to use this.
              Then I guess HiEditor is not a good one to use... in trying to do the leg work for you I couldn't remember UltraEdit - which is the editor I was originally trying to find... I did stumble upon HiEditor and couldn't be bothered to check into it much - ie. download and try it - but it did sound like a script editor and someone had posted a Lingo keyword/highlight file for it... guess I was wrong. Anyways, you now have some more terms to help you search for other editors. Good luck.
              • 4. Re: External Script Editors?
                Level 7
                Chunick posted in macromedia.director.lingo:

                > remember UltraEdit - which is the editor I was originally trying to
                > find... I did stumble upon HiEditor and couldn't be bothered to check
                > into it much - ie. download and try it - but it did sound like a script
                > editor with someone who posted a Lingo keyword/highlight file for it...

                That was me - years & years ago - and it only goes up to Dir 8.5.

                I've been using UltraEdit ever since I was forced into Win3.1/WinNT 3.5.1

                I was able to create the UE Wordfile with Dave Mennenoh's permission and
                diligent efforts in sussing out all of the key words for his HTMLingo
                utility behavior at http://blurredistinction.com/director/downloads.htm . He
                has updated that behavior for MX2004, but since I don't have that version, I
                haven't attempted to update the UE file.

                If anyone is interested in updating it, they can save some time if they ask
                Dave for permission to get the newer keywords from the Lingo in that
                behavior.

                UE isn't perfect in its indenting features with Lingo, but I still find it
                very useful. When I save or copy/paste into Director's editor, I simply hit
                the [TAB] key and it indents just fine.


                --
                Mark A. Boyd
                Keep-On-Learnin' :)