I am a hardcore brief user, what has changed lately?
Brief was written from the ground up in 2006 as a Windows application. You will find a remarkable resemblance to the original brief, though macro language and automatic tab expansion are not currently implemented. Below are some modernizations you may like about the new brief:
How do I compile my code?
If you write code in languages such as C, you can use Brief as an efficient integrated development environment that leverages your build process. First press Ctrl F10 and enter a command line that executes your particular compiler. Brief will add the name of the file being edited to the end of this command line. You can use any compiler or command line desired. Below are some examples:
Now press F10 to compile the file. Brief will save your file, use your compiler to compile it, then place the cursor on the first compiler error and display the corresponding error message. Press Ctrl N to advance to the next error. Press Ctrl P to choose from a list of all errors.
Can I change the key mappings?
Press Ctrl Alt M to customize any key to do anything you wish. There are also two special commands to set all the keystrokes to brief like with the following differences:
Can Brief run under Linux?
Brief is a Windows console application. It can be run under Linux using wineconsole rather than wine.
How can I know if a certain feature is in the Professional version?
There are exactly 4 differences between the Basic and Professional version. The Professional version adds windowing, regular expressions, unicode file support, and a manual.
What are some tips and tricks?
Any other questions?
For questions not answered here or in the product help, please buy the Professional edition which contains a user manual explaining all features and keystrokes. Suggestions, problem reports and other inquiries are welcome at email@example.com.