16 Jun 2009

Komodo Edit is SLOW! but you can speed it up...

Update: I now user Notepad++ for development. It is much lighter and faster than Komodo.

I use ActiveState Komodo edit for most of my coding work under windows - It's not mind blowingly awesome, but it is free and it's pleasant to use for most text based files. My only gripe is that it is fairly heavy and can take an unreasonably long time to start up.

Fortunately though, it is easy enough to 'thin it out' to your requirements, using the simple add-ons interface. Simply click the 'Tools' menu, followed by the 'Add-ons' drop down in Komodo Edit and you will be presented with the ''Add-ons/Extensions/Plugins" Dialogue.

From here you can disable any extensions/plugins for languages that you don't need, restart Komodo Edit and you should notice a significantly faster load time (depending on how much you disable) - Alternatively you can prolong your startup time even further by installing any of the numerous additional Add-ons.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great tip, my KE seems to start 4 times faster now. Disabling unnecessary stuff on both extensions and plugins really seems to make a big difference.

Please share if you find further tricks! :)

// Kyladie

rich said...

Thanks for the feedback Kyladie. I am using Notepad++ for development now as I find it much lighter and less demanding on system resources than Komodo Edit. Glad you managed to speed up Komodo though! All the best.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a good free editor for Mac and Komodo seems to fit the bill so far. The one flaw was it's load time but after disabling and uninstalling 8 - 10 add-ons, the load time is reasonable.

Rich said...

Still can't recommend Notepad++ enough. It's load time is pretty much instant. It doesn't have fancy auto complete, but I don't need that.

Ken said...

I've used both, and I really like Notepad++ for its syntax highlighting, and some thing (like columnar selects) work better.

I still find myself going back to KomodoEdit though. Better code snippet engine, MUCH better Regular Expression support (including multi-line replace - Notepad++ doesn't do this).

minemax said...

A lot of thanks, dude! :D