###What about Non Geeks?
This post is sure to launch cries of: Non-Geeks go away! Use Word Pad or Notebook++! How come you cannot figure this out?
Atom looks great but, IMO, starts out way too complicated for me. Maybe I should use something else. Trouble is I want to use Atom.
Is this a text editor or not? Text editor means different things to different folks but is this a text editor in the most basic definition of a text editor? IMO, No.
Why is there no basic text editor tool bar toolbar?
Why do I have to install a blank tool bar then another package to add basic text editor functions? A text editor needs, IMO, to start out as a text editor not a blank screen that can be hacked. Those who do not want a text editor can remove/close text editor and start hacking.
Hackable is nice if you want to hack but what about the rest of us who want to start out simple (with a text editor) and grow into hackability? Eventually I will probably hack away but only when I figure out how and what I need to do.
IMO even basic Atom functionality is way too hard to find. There are things that everybody does. These “everybody does” functions should be easier to find. Like these:
- How do I close a pane? I’ve got a pane with a file folder icon.atom I would like to close. There is no “X” on the pane tab to close.
- How do I launch the terminal? Did it t actually install? I’m assuming there would be a key binding. I searched, but could not find; probably did not know the correct name to search for.
- How do I launch a package after installed? How do I know it actually installed? Installed some packages then tried to uninstall but got an error that package could not be found. Listed in the .apm but apparently not installed. Probably operator error again.
- At one point I had sort of a toolbar with basic headings: File and Exit and a few others. It has disappeared; once again probably operator error. How do I get that menu back?
I think the intent of Atom was to be a text editor for “everyone”. IMO, the definition of “everyone” should be expanded so that I could start out with a basic text editor and grow from there.
Thanks for “listening”.