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 Open source Japanese editor emulating IBM mainframe SPF

 Author:       Mizumaki-machi
 Homepage:     http://www.geocities.jp/sakachin2/index.htm
 Family:       MainframeEditorFamily IbmEditorFamily
 Platform:     AIX, GCC, Linux, MS-DOS, OS/2, Windows, Android.
 License:      Open source

This is a great ISPF editor clone, thus a member of the IbmEditorFamily. It runs in OS, DOS,OS/2,Windows, Linux and AIX. I use it in Windows XP and Linux. I think it is the only ISPF like editor than runs on all of those platforms.

It is a mature editor but as of today, 08/27/2006, it is still being actively developed.

The official release is http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA010562/ I recommend getting the version on the 'Bug Fix Version and Source Code Page' the official release site links to.

In my opinion this is a must have for the mainframers of the world who like the ISPF environment. I would also recommend it for companies who have mainframers moving to Unix like service.


Thanks! I have downloaded it and am playing with it now. Since the demise of TSPF and relative cost of PC/SPF I haven't had a chance to play with a nice ISPF clone. I hope it supports REXX!

My only suggestion at this point is to make the "setup" function choose 'default' as the initial font selection. Otherwise, it looks strange when first starting up.

Update: 11/25/2006 - He implemented this! It's in the most recent version. RonPerrella

This now supports MVS via Hercules! You can edit datasets, etc from XE. This might be an option for those who don't feel too comfortable using the RPF editor. I'd still like to see a port to the mainframe but everyone, including the author, seems to think XE would be too hard to port.

I think the author said this should work in conjunction with a real mainframe, too but I don't think it's been tested.

Text Flow, bounds, and crosshair support added.
07/07/2007 - 3.12 and 3.14 panels added to give an ispf like interface into the file search and compare utilities.
03/14/2008 - The primary commands, CUT and PASTE have been added. Also, syntax highlighting support has been added.
04/05/2008 - Support for find and exclude picture strings p'=', et al has been added.
04/27/2008 - Added PROFILE. Also, there's been a UTF-8 support for a while now.
01/02/2012 - The Android platform is now supported.
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