Menu issue with Aptana Studio 3 on Ubuntu 11.04

In a break from .NET/Visual Studio themed blog posts, a quick pointer for anybody attempting to use Aptana Studio 3 in Ubuntu 11.04 – the main menu is totally hosed because of a clash with the new Unity 3D window manager. There’s a workaround in the Appcelerator docs (Appcelerator being the recent new owners of Aptana) for this. Simply create yourself a bash script to use as a proxy for launching Studio instead of opening it directly, which will allow the setting of an environment variable to restore the menu:


If you’re new to the world of Linux, or a bit rusty, to make use of the above you need to create it as a text file in your editor of choice and then save it in the same directory as the Aptana Studio executable. You then need to give the file execute privileges (let’s assume you saved it as “AptanaLauncher”):

chmod u+x AptanaLauncher

You then execute it as follows:


The issue has been filed as an Eclipse bug, but a fix is still forthcoming (it’s been a few months already).

As an aside, following Appcelerator’s acquisition of Aptana Studio, they’ve recently release Titanium Studio. Worth noting that this is nothing more than Aptana Studio with full integration of the Titanium infrastructure – if you have no need for Titanium, there’s no need to switch (as pointed out by Aptana support themselves).

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