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Postby nfrias on Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:45 pm

I would like to be able to place the cursor past an End-Of-Line (via mouse or arrow keys) and start typing (SlickEdit and CodeWright call it virtual space).
Some desirable side effects:
- Pasting of columns past the EOL becomes useful because alignment is preserved.
- No need to press space or tab multiple times to add space.
- When you press Arrow-Up/Down, the cursor stays in the same column, it does not jump around to each EOL.

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Re: Virtual space

Postby bestglide on Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:54 am

Yes, strongly agree...it's a make-or-break issue for me.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby joelpt on Sat May 15, 2010 1:03 am

I agree, virtual space is sometimes very helpful. Examples:

* expanding into multiple cursors using ctrl-alt-(up|down); when the selection spans an empty line it thwarts many desirable column-oriented operations
* helpful in visually affirming the alignment of floating comments, etc.

Since Sublime already has the ability to trim whitespace from lines upon save, permitting virtual space should be nondestructive. This differs from how many editors handle it, where you end up with all sort of strange whitespace at the end of lines -- which in turn is confusing in non virtual space mode.

I would actually like to see a default of virtual space enabled and trim-whitespace-on-save option enabled. The combination gives pretty much all the benefits of virtual space without any of its downsides.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby edanm on Sat May 15, 2010 1:08 am

I'm not sure I understand what this means, especially your first point (the selection spanning an empty line).
Any chance you can elaborate? Or even better, send a screenshot of what you mean?
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Re: Virtual space

Postby gpfsmurf on Sat May 15, 2010 8:41 pm

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I can see uses for both behaviors, so having this as an option would be nice to have.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby sergant on Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:46 am

Sublime editor is very cool.
The only feature I miss the most is a virtual space feature :(

Is there any plans to implement it any time soon ?
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Re: Virtual space

Postby mscaff on Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:36 pm

I agree that this is a very useful feature and I
ll be very happy when available.
Textmate calls it Freehanded Editing (Cmd + Opt + E)

Basically you can move your cursor anywhere in the editor window, and if you type something when your cursor is after the end of some line it will fill the gap between the old end of line and the recently typed text with spaces.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby edkirin on Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:48 pm

I agree with this request. This the only feature I'm really missing in ST2.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby bizoo on Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:31 am

Funny, actually I never noticed that my IDE works that way before reading this post and comparing with ST2.
So not a big deal, but it's actually more convenient when you need to insert text after the end of line.
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Re: Virtual space

Postby Deacalion on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:14 pm

The only thing that made me a bit uncertain about buying Sublime after using it for a few days was the lack of "Virtual Space".
I never realized how much I used it in other editors until it was missing.

I really hope this gets implemented, it's a great program!
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