Dr Nic

TextMate theme for RadRails

Radrails with Textmate themeUPDATE: Screen shot of Textmate theme for Radrails now available.

UPDATE: Vista ClearType fonts available now. I’ve also added instructions for changing fonts in RadRails if you cannot install Consolas, below.

RadRails comes with one theme: white background, black foreground. A few nice shades of markup. Lovely.

Want a little more excitement? Perhaps you want to feel like your using TextMate, even though it costs 30€ and won’t run on your machine anyway?

What you need is the TextMate-theme for RadRails. My friend Brett devised this and gave it to me during Railsconf. Understand this with me – he drove 15 hours from southern USA to Chicago. I flew 20 hours from Amsterdam. Just so I could get this theme and now share it with you.

That’s one prized theme right there, all y’alls. (A Texan taught me that once).

Download it, unzip it, and store it anywhere you like. Don’t like free choice? Then save it in the RadRails/Themes.

If my memory serves me well:

  1. Go to File > Import…
  2. Under General, select Preferences, and click Next.
  3. Browse to the epf file.
  4. Select the Import All checkbox and press Finish.

You are now one sexy Ruby/Rails developer. Yes, you.

UPDATE: The theme will look for the Consolas font – one of the new Windows Vista fonts that you can download after a bit of Googling – its the replacement for Courier New.

UPDATE: If you cannot install Consolas on your system, you will need to select an alternate fixed width font, such as Courier. To do this:

  1. Go to Window >> Preferences…
  2. Go to General >> Appearance >> Colors and Fonts
  3. Select Basic >> Text Font
  4. Click Change…
  5. Select your replacement fixed width font, and press Ok.