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  5<h1>Quick Start Guide</h1>
  6
  7<p>If you want to get started with jEdit quickly and take advantage of its
  8advanced features, this page is the right place to look.</p>
  9
 10<h3>Step 1 -- Get a Java runtime</h3>
 11
 12<p>To use jEdit, you need to have Java version 1.4 or newer. Sun's Java 1.5 is recommended because it supports more plugins, antialiased text modes, and other nice features. If you use Java 1.6, jEdit will take advantage of some of its features too, such as its LCD antialiasing mode. </p>
 13
 14<a href="index.php?page=compatibility">compatibility page</a> details some
 15common Java runtime versions that people use to run jEdit, and compatibility
 16notes for them.</p>
 17
 18<h3>Step 2 -- Download jEdit</h3>
 19
 20<p>jEdit can be downloaded from the <a href="index.php?page=download">download</a>
 21page. Installation instructions can be found on this page as well. Don't be intimidated by pre-release versions - 4.3preX and the plugins that depend on it contain many enhancements and improvements you will not find in 4.2final. In particular, there is a whole new generation of SideKick parsers which are integrated with an improved SideKick plugin, all of which depend on jEdit 4.3
 22</p>
 23
 24<h3>Step 3 -- Get some plugins</h3>
 25
 26<p>jEdit by itself is just a text editor; plugins can turn it into a powerful IDE.
 27You can install as few or as many plugins as you want.</p>
 28
 29<p>jEdit makes plugin installation a painless process; you invoke the
 30<b>Plugin Manager</b> command from the editor's <b>Plugins</b> menu, click
 31<b>Install Plugins</b>, and a list of plugins will be obtained for you;
 32you can then select plugins to download and install.</p>
 33
 34<p>There are more than 150 plugins listed on
 35<a href="http://plugins.jedit.org">Plugin Central</a>; this list can be
 36somewhat daunting. Here is a short list of some plugins you might want to try:</p>
 37
 38<h4>Programming</h4>
 39
 40<ul>
 41<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?ProjectViewer">ProjectViewer</a> </li>
 42
 43<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?AntFarm">AntFarm</a>
 44<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Console">Console</a>
 45<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?CtagSideKick">CtagsSideKick</a>
 46<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?JavaSideKick">JavaSideKick</a>
 47<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?ClassBrowser">ClassBrowser</a>
 48<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Tags">Tags</a>
 49</ul>
 50
 51<h4>HTML/XML</h4>
 52<ul>
 53<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?XML">XML</a>
 54<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Beauty">Beauty</a>
 55<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?XSLT">XSLT</a>
 56</ul>
 57
 58<h4>Other</h4>
 59
 60<ul>
 61<li> <a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?FastOpen">FastOpen</a>
 62<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Archive">Archive</a>
 63<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?BufferTabs">BufferTabs</a>
 64<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?FTP">FTP</a>
 65<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?JDiffPlugin">JDiffPlugin</a>
 66<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?SpellCheck">SpellCheck</a>
 67<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Templates">Templates</a>
 68</ul>
 69
 70<h3>Step 4 -- jEdit documentation</h3>
 71
 72<p>jEdit includes detailed online help. You can also find a PDF version of the
 73user's guide (suitable for printing) at the
 74<a href="index.php?page=download">download</a> page.</p>
 75
 76<h3>Step 5 -- Get involved with the community!</h3>
 77
 78<p>If you want to be notified of jEdit development progress, or if you want to
 79ask a question, or if you want to discuss topics relating to jEdit,
 80subscribe to the mailing lists found at the
 81<a href="index.php?page=feedback">feedback</a> page. A link to the jEdit bug
 82tracker can be found on the same page as well.</p>
 83
 84<p>The <a href="http://community.jedit.org">jEdit community site</a> also
 85provides a great wealth of information for jEdit users; you can find
 86user-contributed macros here, along with jEdit-related news, message boards,
 87various downloads and links, and much, much more.</p>
 88
 89<p>Finally, if you want to chat with other jEdit users, install the
 90<a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?IRC">IRC</a> plugin for jEdit!
 91This allows you to start a chat session inside the editor.</p>
 92
 93<p>jEdit is Open Source software, so anyone is welcome to join the development
 94team. If you want to contribute, take a look at the
 95<a href="index.php?page=devel">development</a> page for details.</p>
 96
 97<h3>A note about jEdit performance</h3>
 98
 99<p>Having a lot of plugins installed slows down jEdit startup. JythonInterpreter and JavaInsight are the worst offenders, together adding about 7 seconds to the jEdit startup time. jEdit 4.2 adds a new plugin API that makes the task of writing a quick-loading plugin much easier.</p>
100
101<p>There are many unmaintained Java plugins, so please try out the ones that are currently maintained first. </p>
102
103<p> Do not install more than one of CodeAid,  DotComplete, or SpeedJava.
104All of these plugins offer the same functionality (Java code completion), and JavaSideKick hopes to replace them all, as well as JBrowse.
105</p>
106
107<p>
108<b>We hope you enjoy using jEdit!</b><br>
109<i>-- The jEdit developers.</i>
110</p>