Text editors are used by programmers and developers for manipulating plain text source code, editing configuration files or documentation, or viewing error logs. Text editors are scaled-down from the full functionality of an integrated development environment (IDE), but may have plugins that blur the lines between the two. Text editors are ideally fast and lightweight for editing and manipulating a small number of text files at a time, and they provide features like regular expression search and replace, syntax highlighting, autocompletion, and multiple tabs or window panes. Developers who do not work in a system where a full-fledged IDE is needed, or where an IDE is too restricting, will often find that a text editor gives them more flexibility and freedom to code outside of standardized methods of development. Beginning developers can turn leverage free text editor tools to meet their needs. Text editors often integrate with source code management software and build automation software tools through plugins.
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UltraEdit is a powerful text editor with 2+ million users and many Fortune 100/500/1000 enterprise customers. For almost 25 years UltraEdit has been the go-to editor in a diverse range of industries for professionals’ most important editing needs. Renowned for its power and performance in handling and processing huge files and data, UltraEdit is also a highly configurable and themed code editor with support for nearly any language or syntax. Often called the "Swiss army knife" of text editors, UltraEdit is a tool that no IT professional should be without. From programming and project management to large file manipulation, from data sorting and text record formatting to remote (FTP/SFTP) file operations, from advanced file searching and text data reformatting, there's almost no problem that UltraEdit can't solve in the world of text editing. UltraEdit is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and is backed by a professional development team and support staff.
NoteTab Pro is currently the world’s most awarded text and HTML editor. It has won awards from PC Magazine, PC World, WUGNET, the Shareware Industry Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. For some NoteTab is simply the best Notepad replacement out there. For webmasters it’s the fastest HTML editor. For others it’s the most versatile text editor. For power users it’s a unique text-processing work horse.
Inspire creates a distraction-free, light markdown writing environment that boosts your productivity. From quick notes to blog posts to great novels, you focus on the content, and Inspire helps with the rest. Instant auto-save, real-time cloud sync and flexible export formats make your writing of any kind pleasant and elegant. It comes with dark mode (theme), which makes it easier for you to stay focused on your work at night; touchscreen support which assures you with a smooth scrolling, dragging and dropping experience on devices such as Microsoft Surface products; cloud syncing groups and sheets among multiple PCs via cloud syncing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive... Whatever you need in a text editor, you can find it in Inspire.
SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I use it for building test and demonstration programs as well as SciTE and Scintilla, themselves.