I recently reformatted my computer (Windows 7 64bit) and as a result paused to think about RenPy and Atom.
I installed the latest version of Atom first and then told RenPy I wanted to use the default system editor for RenPy files.
Except... it behaved slightly differently. Specifically the project library on the left side doesn't appear by default and even when it's shown manually - doesn't list all the relevant files in the same directory. I think some of the Git integration is also switched off by default (which suits me, since I don't use it).
When I instead ask the RenPy launcher to use Atom as an explicit choice - it installed a separate copy of Atom within my RenPy installation folder. However, despite the project folder now working as I might hope... it is an older version of Atom that tells me it can't be upgraded.
I realize I could just use the slightly older version installed by RenPy. It does practically everything I want and "if it ain't broke... don't fix it" comes to mind.
However there is part of me that just want to run the latest version. I couldn't even tell you a bugfix, extra feature or security fix that I would need. But then who the hell ever reads the patch notes for 99% of the software they regularly update?
I assume that RenPy's installed version of Atom has some settings and configuration files pre-tweaked and is the portable version, since it looks like it's being put into place using zSync.
So I have a couple of questions/possible solutions based on those assumptions...
- Is there any way to get the "Atom" option of the launcher setup to recognize that Atom is already installed and apply it's tweaks there instead?
- ... Or could someone explain those tweaks in a way that I could manually make it work with Atom as the default system editor installed elsewhere?
- Could I just install the latest portable version of RenPy over the top of the RenPy one?
- What else am I missing?
In the meanwhile, if I can find it, I'm going to try installing the same release of the portable version and compare it to the version that RenPy installs. Perhaps I can solve my own question by thinking, rather than having others think for me.
Any help gratefully received.