Sublime Text 2 may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a license must be purchased for continued use. There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation."
Licenses are per-user, rather than per-machine, so you can enjoy Sublime Text on as many computers and operating systems as you wish with your license. Licenses are valid for both Sublime Text 1 and 2.
Interesting policy to say the least. And FWIW, I bought a key. I liked it that much. My advice is.. download it. Evaluate it. Once you're sure you love it, support the developer. If it's not for you, move on. No money lost. :)
So nice I adopted it :) For all interested there is an Eclipse Plugin that makes theme creation/import easy, and this theme is even provided :) Thanx Runter, I never found a color scheme that efficient AND that pretty at the same time. (for my taste off course)
I did try this out a while back. It is pretty and the fuzzy search is nice (though I'll stop using Emacs when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers… :)).
I guess the license fee is like old school shareware? I dimly remember that being the way a lot of people asked for money for their work a while back.
I think shareware typically referred to software that was limited in its functionality until you bought it. Also, shareware usually had a point where you weren't allowed to use the software any longer. Or additional functionality went away. So I think there's a major distinction to be had here since there's no limiting of functionality, its drm free, and the evaluation period is unlimited.
Re color schemes
I think good color schemes are available in just about any editor. The reason I like this one so much is the other functionality that it has aside from the default color scheme. :P
The feature I use most often is called "find anything". And "find symbol". Some other things to look into for anyone evaluating it may be the completions, the columns, the vim compatibility mode dubbed "vintage mode" which makes the interface more like vim. Multiple selections is awesome, and all of the features that work with multiple selections like indent line, comment line, and any number of motions/mutations. I really appreciate the way the tabs on single click are a preview mode rather than adding it as a tab. I've found the responsiveness of the editor to be great. It doesn't feel like a resource hog, and I'm not sitting waiting for files to be processed for long. Anyways, those are some of the reasons this is my editor of choice.