Screenshots: Five text editors that can handle a variety of tasks
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Text editors are among the most versatile tools around. Theyrncan be used for anything from simple composition to programming andrndevelopment. Windows has long included its own text editor (Notepad), but arnnumber of third-party text editors offer a larger collection of features. Thisrnarticle lists five such editors.
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Programmer's File Editor
Programmer’s File Editor contains all the basic text editingrnfeatures you would expect, along with a couple of other nice features. Forrnstarters, the editor includes functionality for creating macros and forrnbuilding and using templates. It also provides shortcuts to the Windows ControlrnPanel, the Command Prompt, and other areas of the operating system.
As free text editors go, Crimson Editor is one of the best. Itrnincludes text editing capabilities that rival those of some word processors.rnFor instance, you can control word wrap, line spacing, screen fonts, printerrnfonts… and the list goes on and on.
Crimson Editor is designed to be used as a programming tool.rnIts killer feature is syntax highlighting. Obviously, syntax highlighting isrnnothing new. It has existed in one form or another since at least the 1990s.rnWhat makes Crimson Editor unique is that it provides syntax highlighting forrnmore than a dozen programming languages, including some you might not expect.rnYou can even create your own custom syntax highlighting rules.
EditPlus sells for $35.00, but a free trial version isrnavailable for download.
UltraEdit’s awesome feature set includes a multi-file searchrnand replace, support for hex mode, column formatting support, conversion features,rnmacros—and just about anything else that you can imagine.
UltraEdit sells for $79.95, but a free trial is available.