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Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

carrot63
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Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

I'm a Mac user with little experience of Windows software, but I'm going to be doing some web/CMS work in a Windows environment and I'm looking for a few suggestions on good tools for that platform based on others experiences:
A text editor. A decent one, not notepad or MS word in text mode but something along the lines of BBedit on a Mac, that offers tag balancing, regex find/replace, the ability to turn text wrap off etc. Built in FTP would be useful but not essential.
A visual webpage editor. A sort of "dreamweaver very light". Nothing flash, but something that will do simple layout, understands CSS, outputs clean code and offers a switch from layout to code view. I normally use Dreamweaver, but it's overkill for this (and the budget!). It's mainly for generating snippets of code quickly, not laying out whole pages.
I'll only be using it for a short while, so I'm looking for options that are reasonably inexpensive, probably shareware.
Any suggestions for personal favourites you have experience of would be much appreciated.
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Notepad++ is a great little editor
UltraEdit is another one.
Textpad is a commercial offering
HTH
B.
carrot63
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Barry, thanks for that. Notepad++ looks like it fits the bill nicely.
Denzil
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

<a href="http://www.kompozer.net/">Kompozer</a> is quite good as a WYSIWYG web editor and it's free.
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

I use Editpad Lite.

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benl
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Text Editor, I used textpad.  You are suppose to pay but the trial never runs out.  http://www.jedit.org/ is another one I use.  It has better regex suport and has a plugin for matching tags. 
For WYSIWYG I use the old Netscape composer.  http://www.seamonkey-project.org/ ; It's kept alive by the Sea Monkey project. 
This maybe an overkill for you are doing but you could try this http://www.aptana.com/ ; Its a full IDE.  I uninstalled it because it was too bloated for my use and it messed with my file associations. 
MikeWhitehead
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

I'd recommend Notepad++, as has been mentioned previously. Can't say I really use it though - start run notepad is much easier for a lazy dev, and I don't mind about colour coding.
Edit: Decided after writing this that I was just being a little TOO lazy, so i've removed MS Notepad and replaced it completely with Notepad++ - same method of starting, yet it starts a much better editor.
Prod_Man
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Hello there,
I use Notepad 2 on Windows, does everything I need.
Doesn't fill the OP's original Specificaion for RegExp Searches.
As for (S-)FTP, I use WinSCP.
I like it particularly because it allows quick access to PuTTY,
when using an S-FTP Session it can save a lot of hastle & time!
As for a "Dreaweaver but Very Light", bound to be something which does what you want but I wouldn't know where to look.
I just use my Browser and a Local Web Server / Work directy on my Webspace and backup regularly.
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If you're a well practiced developer it may not be a necessity but can be a useful visual aid.
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Not quite a plain text editor, but it can be really useful as a coding tool.
PHPdesigner2007 personal
Ignore the PHP naming, it also handles CSS, Javascript, C++,HTML  A nice simple to use tool.
There is also the newer 2008 version available as a trial download - but a paid for option - no personal version
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

i use a DOS port of vi ... but then i'm not quite right in the noodle
Ben_Brown
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Quote from: paulh
i use a DOS port of vi ... but then i'm not quite right in the noodle


vi is made out of win though. I do prefer vim however for it's syntax highlighting and better usability.
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

I am sad that it has taken 8 replies before someone mentioned Vim. are there no real men left on this forum. Hardcore vi programmers!!!
MikeWhitehead
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Then why didn't you mention it yourself? Tongue  Real men don't use text editors - they use mind bullets to force each and every bit into memory locations Tongue
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

Quote from: Ben
vi is made out of win though.

i have no idea what that means ...
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Re: Any suggestions for a plain text editor?

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