Pimp My PN

Scott’s been writing about doing it in VS.NET, Jeff Atwood’s been writing about doing it in general – it’s all the rage, pimping your IDE.

Not wanting to miss out on the fun, I quickly knocked up an altered master scheme and I’m editing in white-on-black land.

I’m also using the free Monaco font for Windows here (as linked by Scott) to get that extra “me too” that is so desirable when mimicking TextMate.

Want this look for your PN? Here you go:

Place master.scheme in your main PN schemes directory.

Place usersettings.xml in your user settings folder (normally something like c:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Echo Software\PN2).

warning: This will replace all of your customised colouring and fonts. You have been warned!

It would be nice to be able to do this without needing to replace the usersettings file as well – that should be possible with the next version of PN.


  1. Mmmm… lovely, now I don’t need to get blinded every time I get back to my code, brilliant as it is ;) Thanks!

  2. Is there any way to change some of the low level Scintilla settings in a similar manner?

    Things like excluding whitelines at the end of folds and stripping trailing spaces on save. SciTE has a good interface for editing these sort of things: http://scintilla.sourceforge.net/SciTEDoc.html

    I switched over from SciTE because I’m a big fan of the PN interface. I do miss the ability to tweak each and every setting.

  3. Wow looks great but i think it would drive me insane cannot imagine working on code for hours once its been pimped out thanks!!!