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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 4.4, you need to have Java version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or newer. 
 13If you only have Java 1.5 (aka Java 5) available on your machine, you can use
 14jEdit 4.3. </p>
 15
 16<a href="index.php?page=compatibility">compatibility page</a> details some
 17common Java runtime versions that people use to run jEdit, and compatibility
 18notes for them.</p>
 19
 20<h3>Step 2 -- Download jEdit</h3>
 21
 22<p>jEdit can be downloaded from the <a href="index.php?page=download">download</a>
 23page.
 24</p>
 25
 26<h3>Step 3 -- Get some plugins</h3>
 27
 28<p>jEdit by itself is just a text editor; plugins can turn it into a powerful IDE.
 29You can install as few or as many plugins as you want.</p>
 30
 31<p>jEdit makes plugin installation a painless process; you invoke the
 32<b>Plugin Manager</b> command from the editor's <b>Plugins</b> menu, click
 33<b>Install Plugins</b>, and a list of plugins will be obtained for you;
 34you can then select plugins to download and install.</p>
 35
 36<p>There are more than 150 plugins listed on
 37<a href="http://plugins.jedit.org">Plugin Central</a>; this list can be
 38somewhat daunting. Here is a short list of some plugins you might want to try:</p>
 39
 40<h4>Programming</h4>
 41
 42<ul>
 43<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?ProjectViewer">ProjectViewer</a> </li>
 44
 45<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?AntFarm">AntFarm</a>
 46<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Console">Console</a>
 47<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?CtagSideKick">CtagsSideKick</a>
 48<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?JavaSideKick">JavaSideKick</a>
 49<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?ClassBrowser">ClassBrowser</a>
 50<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?CtagsInterface">CtagsInterface</a>
 51</ul>
 52
 53<h4>HTML/XML</h4>
 54<ul>
 55<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?XML">XML</a>
 56<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Beauty">Beauty</a>
 57<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?XSLT">XSLT</a>
 58</ul>
 59
 60<h4>Other</h4>
 61
 62<ul>
 63<li> <a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?FastOpen">FastOpen</a>
 64<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Archive">Archive</a>
 65<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?BufferTabs">BufferTabs</a>
 66<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?FTP">FTP</a>
 67<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?JDiffPlugin">JDiffPlugin</a>
 68<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?SpellCheck">SpellCheck</a>
 69<li><a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?Templates">Templates</a>
 70</ul>
 71
 72<h3>Step 4 -- jEdit documentation</h3>
 73
 74<p>jEdit includes detailed online help. You can also find a PDF version of the
 75user's guide (suitable for printing) at the
 76<a href="index.php?page=download">download</a> page.</p>
 77
 78<h3>Step 5 -- Get involved with the community!</h3>
 79
 80<p>If you want to be notified of jEdit development progress, or if you want to
 81ask a question, or if you want to discuss topics relating to jEdit,
 82subscribe to the mailing lists found at the
 83<a href="index.php?page=feedback">feedback</a> page. A link to the jEdit bug
 84tracker can be found on the same page as well.</p>
 85
 86<p>The <a href="http://community.jedit.org">jEdit community site</a> also
 87provides a great wealth of information for jEdit users; you can find
 88user-contributed macros here, along with jEdit-related news, message boards,
 89various downloads and links, and much, much more.</p>
 90
 91<p>Finally, if you want to chat with other jEdit users, install the
 92<a href="http://plugins.jedit.org/plugins/?IRC">IRC</a> plugin for jEdit!
 93This allows you to start a chat session inside the editor.</p>
 94
 95<p>jEdit is Open Source software, so anyone is welcome to join the development
 96team. If you want to contribute, take a look at the
 97<a href="index.php?page=devel">development</a> page for details.</p>
 98
 99<h3>A note about jEdit performance</h3>
100
101<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>
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106<p>
107<b>We hope you enjoy using jEdit!</b><br>
108<i>-- The jEdit developers.</i>
109</p>