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    I'm Picky about my text editors...

    I want a text editor:

    - which can search & replace multiple lines
    - only needs one instance to be open but have tabbed windows inside (like CuteHTML)
    - PHP syntax highlighting would be nice
    - FREE
    - I should be able to know the line #
    - Possible 80 char line? (there's a vertical line after the 80th character)

    I got sooooooo close to finding the perfect editor, PHP Coder Pro but it doesn't have tabbed files, so I can only edit one file at a time (I use CuteFTP and I like to just right click on files on my server and click edit )

    Please tell me which software does everything stated above, I've yet to find one but I KNOW there's GOT TO BE one out there .

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    Html-Kit has all that.

    I use PHPEdit for PHP files nowadays though.

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    www.crimsoneditor.com - you can thank me later

    heh - seriously this is the best editor I've come accross so far, I like it a lot

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    I like Editplus - it's not exactly free, but is very good

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    This is all Mumbo Jumbo Amit's Avatar
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    Try NoteTab. Has a tabbed interface ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil.Roberts
    I use PHPEdit for PHP files nowadays though.
    There are other text-editors???
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    Editplus is great, and not too pricey, but its not free sadly.

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    I've used the Crimson Editor a lot pre DW MX myself and liked it a lot; specially the highlighting of the braces...

    Plus a few other things so I would recommend this editor if your after something easy to use and your working with just PHP it's self ?

    Ten out of ten from me

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    I just dled crimson, and i think its pretty good!

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    Crimson is very good. HTML kit is very good too but IMO not as good as Crimson, Crimson has everything I need.

    Thanks guys!

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    I downloaded Crimson, and I don't like it much. Editplus is better

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    TextPad 4 ever! I think EditPlus's icons are childish.

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    You neglected to mention your OS, but I will assume Windows, and therefore second Matt's vote for Textpad. (nedit on linux for windows transitioning folks)

    Two more criteria I have for editor selection is ability to do regex search and replace, and the ability to do column select (as opposed to block).
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    EditPlus can do regex replace and column select

    To do column select, disable word wrap (the W icon on the tool bar), then press Alt+C.

    I use EditPlus to code PHP, C, Ruby, Java and probably any other language I'll learn. I also edit HTML and CSS with it when I'm not using Dreamweaver.

    You can also setup EditPlus to set a shortcut to compile your Java and C file (actually, compiling any language you want), as well as syntax check your PHP file, and it'll display any errors.
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    All that eh ? Can it fry me my Sunday Breakfast too I wonder ?

    ... Ahem

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    Textpad is the best editor I've ever used. However it's not free.

    I was in a situation recently where I needed to do some last-minute PHP and didn't have access to Textpad. So I DL'ed a copy of Crimson Editor and used that instead. Must say I was quite impressed. I really liked the braces highlighting in particular.

    I'd still go with Textpad, but Crimson is pretty good too. HTML-Kit is very powerful but a bit too cluttered for when you just want a simple editor IMHO.

    This is going to turn into another of "those" threads, isn't it?
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    metapad is my notepad replacement - sure it doesn't have tabbed panels or stuff - but I like using it.

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    I've been using TextPad for over a year, I love it.

    I tried PHPEdit, but I didn't like it at all.
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    Simpletext! (just kidding)

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    It's platform dependent right? mac=BBedit, Windows=meta/text pad, Linux=take your pick

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    I use Ariesoft Winsyntax and it does everything you say

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    Let me suggest JEdit (current stable version is 4.1, I believe). It is:
    - portable; given Java 1.3 or later, runs on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X.
    - fast
    - powerful - every feature you've asked for above (tabs, split panes, etc.), including regular expressions...
    - extremely programmable; both plug-ins and simple-to-write syntax color definitions for about a zillion languages
    - free and open-source
    -small; download is less than 2 MB last time I updated a few weeks ago.

    Connect to www.jedit.org for downloads and more details.

    (No, I'm not one of the developers - just a darn happy user )

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    What about Jext, a free Java based sorce code editor? Very flexible and expandable (write your own plugins ...).

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    I use Winsyntax and it works good. Just download a couple and try them until you find one that you like!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefano F.
    What about Jext, a free Java based sorce code editor? Very flexible and expandable (write your own plugins ...).
    Yeah, Jext is pretty cool, but it didn't seem to do much compared to the likes of TextPad. I can't really remember specifics - I tried it out about a year ago when I was hunting for a free TextPad replacement. What it did, it did pretty well though.
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