Home > General Development > Eclipse and Mac OS X: A Natural Combination Eclipse and Mac OS X: A Natural Combination Eugenia Loli 2004-06-16 General Development 5 Comments The Apple Developer Connection looks at the Eclipse developer’s platform. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 5 Comments 2004-06-16 8:18 pm If you want to test eclipse on your mac, be sure to download the latest release candidate (3.0 RC2 the last time I checked). Since RC1 or RC2 the buttons on MacOSX are smaller than in previous mac versions (proably a change in SWT), which makes it much more usable, especially on “small” screens, such as 1024×768. Also, the new advanced syntax highlighting is really nice (Preferences -> Java Editor -> Advanced Highlighting or so…). I guess Apple will now push Eclipse as the Java IDE for MacOSX instead of implementing (useful) Java-integration for XCode, which would’t be a bad desicion, as Eclipse is a really nice tool and actually makes developing with Java “not so bad” 2004-06-17 4:53 am it’s (GUI) performance could be better on OSX. 2004-06-17 5:58 am if you want a quality professional java IDE, try out IDEA by JetBrains. much higher quality, and worth every penny if your time is worth money. 2004-06-17 10:14 am I only wished it would let my chose the “Courier New” font for editing, I am stuck with “Courier”. Got to be a bug in SWT I suppose. 2004-06-17 11:46 am I would really like a port of CDT ( C/C++ tools ) for Eclipse on the Mac. You can install the linux version and it works about 95%..