Communal Editing

Well, it seems as if MacZOT is at it again. They’re running what they call “BLOGZOT 2.0 on MacZOT.com.” This time it’s for SubEthaEdit from CodingMonkeys, and in all MacZOT and TheCodingMonkeys will award $105,000 in Mac software. If you haven’t used this editor before I’d highly suggest checking it out. It’s a really nice one. It’s not quite as advanced as TextMate, but then again, it doesn’t have the feel of the bloat that TextMate seemed to have for me (I’m firmly in the vi camp). It also doesn’t hijack file associations like Smultron seems to like to do.

It does have one kick-ass feature that I love, and which I foresee being a big advantage if they offer discounted student licenses – multiple people can edit one document simultaneously. I can only imagine how nice this would be when it comes to working on a communal set of notes for a class – almost like a live wiki (but without the formatting).

About the MacZOT schtick: Basically they try to get bloggers to link to the promotion as well as the software’s website. For every blog that links they knock off 5¢ of the price of the software. It may not seem like much, but it adds up, and if enough people link back to the site, then they give out free license keys (in this case 3.000 licenses). Another incentive is that if your blog links to the site and all that jazz, and you give them a valid email address, then you get a free license key should it reach $0.00. Just in the interest of disclaimer.