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Nova vs Vim: What are the differences?

Developers describe Nova as "The beautiful, fast, flexible, native Mac code editor". It is the new native code editor for Mac. It is packed with features, built for modern workflows, lightning-fast and stylish. It also has a robust extensions architecture and replaces Code for Mac. On the other hand, Vim is detailed as "Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing". Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

Nova and Vim can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Nova are:

  • A powerful editor
  • A themeable interface
  • Flexible workflows

On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding
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Pros of Nova
Pros of Vim
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    • 343
      Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
    • 324
      Fast
    • 310
      Highly configurable
    • 293
      Less mouse dependence
    • 242
      Lightweight
    • 141
      Speed
    • 98
      Plugins
    • 94
      Hardcore
    • 80
      It's for pros
    • 64
      Vertically split windows
    • 26
      Open-source
    • 23
      Modal editing
    • 21
      No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
    • 19
      It stood the Test of Time
    • 14
      Unicode
    • 11
      VimPlugins
    • 11
      Stick with terminal
    • 11
      Dotfiles
    • 11
      Everything is on the keyboard
    • 10
      Flexible Indenting
    • 9
      Programmable
    • 8
      Efficient and powerful
    • 8
      Hands stay on the keyboard
    • 8
      Large number of Shortcuts
    • 7
      Unmatched productivity
    • 7
      A chainsaw for text editing
    • 7
      Everywhere
    • 7
      Modal editing changes everything
    • 6
      Makes you a true bearded developer
    • 6
      Super fast
    • 6
      Developer speed
    • 6
      Themes
    • 6
      You cannot exit
    • 6
      Because its not Emacs
    • 4
      Habit
    • 4
      EasyMotion
    • 4
      Intergrated into most editors
    • 4
      Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
    • 4
      Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
    • 4
      Great on large text files
    • 4
      Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
    • 4
      Shortcuts
    • 3
      Intuitive, once mastered
    • 2
      Perfect command line editor

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    Cons of Nova
    Cons of Vim
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      • 7
        Ugly UI
      • 4
        Hard to learn
      • 1
        It's not Emacs

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      What is Nova?

      It is the new native code editor for Mac. It is packed with features, built for modern workflows, lightning-fast and stylish. It also has a robust extensions architecture and replaces Code for Mac.

      What is Vim?

      Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

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