VIM is the ultimate text editor!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 23, 2020

VIM is the ultimate text editor!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Vim

Vim is something that many of our programmers and network engineers use to edit text files. Some of us are using it because it's the default text editor for many of our systems; I use it because it is my preference. The product is mostly used because it can speed up the process of coding or editing text in comparison to Notepad or other text editors.
  • Fast editing.
  • Modular capabilities.
  • Steep learning curve.
  • Too many options (overwhelming).
  • Less time spent editing.
  • More consistent edits.
I prefer Vim simply because it's as simple as apps like Notepad, Notepad++, or gedit, but as feature rich as Microsoft Visual Studio. The startup time is quick, the response time is quick, it never freezes. Vim always "just works." Vim can be downloaded in a few seconds (if it's not already installed on your device) and it works the same everywhere.
The support is somewhat lacking; Vim doesn't really have support outside of its forums. The forums, while notably good, aren't equal to real support though, and the steep learning curve makes you wish there was a help desk that would assist with all of the basic questions. There are several handy books and guides that can be found, and most implementations of the product come with "vitutor" which walks you through its usage.

Do you think Vim delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Vim's feature set?

Yes

Did Vim live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Vim go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Vim again?

Yes

Vim is well suited to anyone who needs to quickly modify text (programmers, network engineers, systems administrators, etc). I would recommend Vim in any situation where you need a text editor that is lightweight, fast, and extensible. I would not recommend it in use cases where you'd use a word processor, or in a group where technical acumen isn't especially high.