Crisp Text Editor

How can a commercial editor compete with all the free products that the Linux Community has access to? In this article, Robert Broughton helps us decide whether to spend our money on this Brief-turned-shareware-turned-commercial editor.
The Bottom Line

Crisp is sold with a variety of license arrangements. The one that will be of interest to most Linux users will be the single-user, single-execution license. The price for this will probably be $99US for either the character or

X-Windows version, and the manual (useful, but not essential) will be another $40. The international agent

for Crisp is Vital, and they can be reached by e-mail at

Robert Broughton ( has been developing software for 22 years, and has been using Linux since February, 1993. He is employed by Zadall Systems Group, in Burnaby, BC, Canada.



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Re: Review: Crisp Text Editor

Anonymous's picture

I purchased Crisp in April 2003 and while I am really happy
with the colorization and the brief feel I think the product is quite buggy and not completely tested; I had quick good feedback from the developers but the menus dissapear (without the possibility of recovering them), search doesn't seem to be reliable and grep locks up; overall and in retrospect I am unhappy with it. Bets vi, though.

Crisp is the best

Anonymous's picture

I have been using Crisp since 1999 and I've never wanted another editor. It is possible to recover from odd settings, just a case of renaming the settings folder so it re-creates it as the default settings.
It is worth the money, nothing in the shareware/freeware world compares.