This is the third post in a series where I am cleaning up and improving my Sublime Text environment. In the first part I found a new theme and in the second part I updated with some of my old favourite packages.

Sublime text is great! If you look at my blog you quickly see that I really, really like it. It seem to be all that I write about recently. As a text editor, Sublime Text is outstanding by itself, but the killer feature is the ability to extend the functionality through plugin packages. This is greatly supported by Package Control and the wast community of package creators. But to quote Kevin Smith’s SModcast commercials: “There is so many to choose from”. Luckily there are a few good ways to find packages and keep up with what is happening.

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Continuing my work to improve my development environment by tinkering with my Sublime Text 3 setup started in “Freshening up Sublime Text - part one”. I will now look at the packages that I used in Sublime Text 2 that I haven’t yet migrated to ST3, either because they weren’t available for ST3 or I haven’t had a use for them yet. Now it is time to install the ones I want to use or find a replacement if they are still not available for ST3.

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Before starting a new project I always like to start with some cleaning and maintenance of my development tools. Lately, most of my development is done with my favourite editor Sublime Text. As it has been some time since I used it I want to look at my custom settings and packages, cleaning up and removing those I don’t use much any more. There are also released a lot of new interesting packages that I want to try that may be very helpful for development.

This series of posts will document my changes to the Sublime Text settings and the packages I end up using.

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Yes, you read that right. The best way to improve Sublime Text 2 is to get version 3. It’s pretty obvious of course, but at the moment Sublime Text 3 is only available as a public beta and you may not know about it.

The new version has many great improvements. The one I am probably most happy about is how blazingly fast it now starts. The developers have done some amazing work to bring the startup time down to almost nothing. In addition, adding packages no longer degrade the startup time further.

My second favourite improvement is the symbol indexing. Sublime Text 3 automatically scans and indexes all files in a project and you can now Goto Definition and Goto Symbol in Project.

Sublime Text 3 is available for download from the Sublime Text 3 page. The beta version is only available to registered users. If you are a registered user you just use you current license when installing Sublime Text 3 beta. If you are not a registered user, then shame on you. Even though it is fully usable without registering, it only costs $70 and is worth every penny.

Note: I have nothing to do with the development or sale of Sublime Text. I am just a very happy user.

Sublime Text 2 is a great text editor with a pretty flexible license agreement. The license is per user so if you buy a license you can use it on as many machines as you like. Although Sublime Text is quite powerful “out-of-the-box” it doesn’t take long until you start extending it with packages and configuring user settings. If you use Sublime Text on on multiple machines it can become a hassle to keep them all in sync. That is where cloud services like Dropbox comes to the rescue.

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