Oct. 26th, 2015

I've just been using it for coding so far, but I think I could substitute it in for Scrivener for long-form fiction stuff when my brain becomes capable of that again.

(I don't use 90% of Scrivener's formatting options, though, and am the sort of person who finds it emotionally satisfying to enter Git commands. So, this is probably not for everyone.)

But! If you want to try it for any reason: The default window theme will quickly drive you insane. The contrast is way too low, so the scrollbar is nearly invisible on a lot of screens.

So, to make it usable you need to install some add-ons and then edit a file, which is annoying:

  • First, install the add-on manager Package Control.

    Once it's installed, you can add stuff by going to "Preferences > Package Control", clicking "Install Package" in the menu that pops up, and then waiting a second without clicking anything

  • Search for and install "Theme - Soda". Here's the theme's website.
  • It won't turn on automatically - this is where you have to edit a file.

    Go to "Preferences" > "Settings - User". This will open a file, which you should replace with this text:

    {
    	"theme": "Soda Light.sublime-theme",
    	"color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Dawn.tmTheme",
    	"font_face": "Comic Sans MS",
    	"font_size": 12,
    	"ignored_packages":
    	[
    		"Vintage"
    	]
    }

    Then save. Your window theme will now be less awful!

    I may have also changed some other settings just now. Who knows.

  • Optional: You got me, I changed the text color scheme to make it match the window theme better.

    To change it yourself, you can go into "Preferences" > "Color Scheme" > "Color Scheme - Default" and pick an option. "Solarized (Light)" is the best warm one, I think.

  • Further Optional: You could also also install the package "Monokai Extended" and use the "Monokai Extended Light" scheme, which is very pretty and works with Markdown.

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