Have you ever tried Notepad++?
I have never needed anything but HomeSite+, or found anything that compares. Adobe killed it but it's now freely available on many download sites. It's da' bomb. :-)
EditPlus for me.
another vote for Notepad++
Another vote for HomeSite- been using it for over 12 years.
i used to use crimson editor then stumbled across notepad++ and am very happy....its all i use
I like TextPad .. a plus is that it will open massive log files in moments.
TextPad has been really good to me, it has great syntax highlighting classes you can customize, and as mentioned it handles really large files quickly and with ease.
Even massive "find & replace" happens fast and hasn't crashed on me yet.
It has the coolest feature where you can highlight columns within text.
For example you can highlight the first 5 chars of a file all way down which is great if you have to insert or remove leading chars.
EditPlus3 with its choice of saving files with either PC or Unix style line endings, the ability to use Regular Expressions in find and replace operations, and its many cleanup operations like 'convert tabs to spaces' and 'trim trailing spaces' etc.
I used to be a fan of WinMerge for comparing different versions files, but SVN diff as a part of the Tortoise SVN suite is way better at diff highlighting.
Jedit works for me. sFTP, highlighting, lots of plugins.
Try the PSPeditor and metapad
Simple and effective, with many good features (like syntax highlighting): Notepad2.
If you want to do search & replace with regular expressions, and much more: Editpad Pro.
Curious (and lazy) Padawan asks, out of all these in this excellent list, which of those has the below? I ask because I may need a reliable backup if HomeSite is ever rendered unusable (knowing M$, that could happen just, oh, any day.) Consider all *required* for a cross-language coder.
- Ability to save in Unix or PC format?
- Internal validators for all document types to prevalidate before checking?
- Internal HTMLTidy "Code Sweeper" for JSP, (X)HTML, CFML?
- (Most have this) Ability to not only search and replace items in files in entire directories and subsirectories or "all open documents" for global changes, but apply regular expressions to the searches?
- Global Spell checker, with user configured libraries (see below)?
- User-configurable document templates by file type (below)?
- Tag and function insight/completion options (ok this one optional, I find it annoying. :-) )
- Dynamic text collapsing, to allow entire blocks to be put "out of the way"?
- Configurable quick key commands?
- All panes undockable with dual monitor support? (Move all the panes on one monitor, maximize the working window)
- A variety of library hacks that can be applied, and documentation to support them? For example, I can download a language dictionary and validate spelling against it, mod all my default templates, create new ones, many other hacks that make HomeSite the ultimate.
Nice list - so I'll wait till you get a reply before deciding between Notepad++ and Homesite cause my DW is almost totally useless with W7
notepad++. i really miss it when i use my mac at home.
for mac i use jEdit, but it falls short in some minor respects.
Another vote here for Notepad++, it's free and it simply rocks
Notepad++ is excellent. I use EditPlus 3 on my main machine, and Notepad++ with a specialized portable install on my portable drive. Both have FTP client plugins/native features, so I can quickly edit text files on remote web servers.
Notepad++, infact Notepad itself works best for me. Notepad++ i only use at times. Love windows notepad the most
Also everyone should use a software which keeps the file coding intact...
I'm stuck with the old version of HTML-Kit. So old it looks like it was written for '95, and lacks many features now thought of as "standard". But it was highly customisable, with the ability to script your own plug-ins as well. Mine is so personalised that nothing compares for efficiency now.
The "word" on HTML-Tools (the latest version) is the same, which is also portable, as well as having many more of the "expected" sort of features you have listed already built-in.
Another good editor is Edit Pad Pro[ at [url]www.editpadpro.com[/url]
I used to use Bluefish when I was on Linux, but since switching to Windows, Notepad++ seems to be the best option for me. I would like it to have more "code-generation" options (eg. click a button to get a <h1></h1> or basic table inserted at the cursor), but overall it handles encoding and line-endings well, is fast and robust.
A long while back I used Edit Plus, which remains a good option too.
Notepad++ or TextPad and download the .syn file for html recognition
It is programmable, can search replace with RegEx, create your own library with often used commands... these are only my main points for using it for ten years plus now.
The functionality it has is mind boggling...
It has Tidy, spell-check plug-ins, etc etc
Another vote for homesite, I still use 4.5.2 and like it quite a bit, however on my main linux pc I prefer bluefish.