Found my favorite DOS editor

Mike Katz bitwiz at
Tue Sep 28 16:19:18 CDT 2021

Editors are like religion once you have a favorite you defend it like crazy.

I discovered the Basic Reconfigurable Interactive Editing Facility 
(Brief), initially sold by Underware😁 and then Solution Systems, in the 
late 80s.  It quickly became my favorite editor.  Eventually Borland 
bought it and killed it.

Now I use SlickEdit in Brief emulation mode on Windows and several 
versions of Linux.  Slickedit is a great multi emulation, powerful 
editor.  I recommend you check it out.

Deep down inside I also have a soft spot for EMACS.

And, BTW, there is a native (not Teco macros) OS/8 version of an EMACS 
like editor that can be found here:
I have used it extensively on my PiDP-8/I under OS/8 and I intend to use 
it on my real, newly acquired, PDP-8/E when I get some mass storage and 
I can run OS/8.

On 9/28/2021 1:27 PM, Van Snyder via cctalk wrote:
> I found files for my favorite DOS editor on an archive from my OS/2
> machine, which replaced my DOS machine in about 1990.
> The editor was ETOOL, from Amerisoft.
> If anybody wants the files, I'm happy to send them.
> -rw-r--r-- 1 vsnyder staff 245248 Mar  8  1988 e/dos/etool.exe
> -rw-r--r-- 1 vsnyder staff   1024 Mar  8  1988 e/dos/etool.fig
> -rw-r--r-- 1 vsnyder staff  83968 Jul  9  1985 e/dos/etool.hlp
> I lost the manual decades ago.
> Van Snyder
> van.snyder at

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