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Review: Boxer Text Editor

Boxer Text Editor is a serious tool for serious users. If you are a coder looking for a text editor that will make your coding life much easier, Boxer may be the tool for you.

A text editor is a text editor is a text editor right? It really depends on who you ask. There are plenty of possible text editors for the Windows operating system, including Notepad which comes with the operating system. But what if you want more than the basic text editor?

The Boxer Text Editor is one possible solution, but is it worth the $59.99 price when there are so many alternatives that are either free or far cheaper. Let's take a look at this entry in the text editor world and see if it's worth the price of entry.

Specifications

  • Company: Boxer Software
  • Product: Boxer Text Editor
  • Operating system: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (both 32- and 64-bit)
  • Cost: $59.95
  • Download: 30-day trial available

Who's it for?

First and foremost, do not think that this text editor is a replacement for your average user who uses Text Pad for writing notes. Boxer is a serious tool for serious users. If you are a coder (of any number of languages), and you are looking for a text editor that will make your coding life much easier, Boxer is the tool for you.

Boxer is so feature-rich that even the most seasoned of programmers may find themselves not using all of the features. Any coder will find themselves working smarter, more efficient, and producing better code with this handy editor.

What problem does it solve?

Even if Boxer Text Editor only solved one problem - the problem of poorly formatted code - it would be worth the price of entry. And Boxer does this well. But Boxer does many things well, making it an outstanding tool for those that prefer to create their code in a stand-alone editor.

Outstanding features

  • Macro language
  • Color syntax highlighting
  • Case conversion
  • Color syntax printing
  • Hex/binary editing
  • Edit files up to 2GB
  • Multi-level undo
  • Auto-complete typing
  • Spell checking
  • Keyboard reconfigure
  • User-configurable toolbar
  • Power Columns editing feature
  • Ctags Function indexing support
  • Project support
  • Calculator, calendar, error, and ANSI charts
  • Command multiplier
  • Line drawing
  • Text highlighting
  • Comments
  • Word count

What's wrong

The only problem with Boxer is the price. Considering the amount of similar tools, at a much cheaper price, this tool would have to be stellar to warrant the cost. Fortunately Boxer Text Editor is stellar, so this "problem" goes away fairly quickly once the user has started taking advantage of its multitude of features.

Competitors

Bottom line

So is Boxer Text Editor worth the price? My personal take says, without hesitation.

User rating

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