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    Open Source Cross-Platform Text Editors

    Hello,

    Looking for ideas as to what is out there and works well for cross-platform editing.

    My scenario - laptop is a Macbook, desktop is an HP PC running Vista, and the house 'server' is an old PC P4 running Ubuntu.

    On the PC I've been running Notepad ++ - got turned onto it thru Portable Apps. Generally speaking, it does everything I want (mainly syntax highlighting and folding at this point) and tons more - and its free It's nice being able to use the same editor both at home and elsewhere via Portable Apps on my thumb drive.

    The only downside to Notepad ++ is it doesn't run on Mac OSX or Linux Yes, I know about 'Wine', no I'm not willing to go that route.

    I've played with some text editors written in different languages (like Java) to be cross-platform, such as JEdit... and they do work, but for some reason the 'feel' is a little off, on all platforms? Any other current candidates out there?

    I've been seeing some threads on web-based editors such as HTMLarea (which apparently is dead/unmaintained), TinyMCE, etc. Most of these seem to be WYSIWYG editors, which isn't really what I'm looking for. Am I missing some good web-based *text* editors that are a) open-source and b) good and c) under active development?

    Finally... there's always vim and emacs

    I do have vim on all three machines - the gui versions even While I can get around in it okay, I do get tired of having to set up text config files to set up the text editor I'm using! Haven't figured out how to use vim in a standalone USB portable mode yet, though. Emacs... well, I want an editor, not another operating system

    Is there anything out there that I've missed that a) runs on PC, Mac, & Linux b) is open-source i.e. free or else relatively affordable and c) can be run from a USB key drive in a pinch so I can have one editor all the time, and not have to be switching back and forth.

    Thanks,

    Monte

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    Personally I have Like a different text editor for each OS.
    Windows -- Notepad++
    OS X -- Smultron
    Linux -- Kate

    If all you want is a text editor then I really wouldn't worry about cross platform app. the main function keys are all going to be the same and all of the above support syntax highlighting for just about everything.

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    Komodo Edit, open source and cross-platform. Komodo is build on top of the Mozilla Platform (aka. Firefox). There is also a portable version of Komodo Edit, http://portableapps.com/node/13741
    Logic without the fatal effects.
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    Cool. I'll take a closer look at Smultron, and Komodo Edit. I tend to end up with too many editors floating around my computers, and never get much past basic editing with any of them. Thats kind of why I was wanting something that I could use on everything I run, to encourage me to really *learn* the program and become proficient with it.

    As an aside... I did some further digging and found there are actually a couple portable options for gvim - one is standalone and apparently not very well maintained, and the other is quite current and part of the PortableApps system. Still in beta at the moment, as is Komodo Edit. Seems to work pretty well, though.

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    not free, but... SlickEdit 2009 Multi-Platform Edition
    http://www.slickedit.com/component/p...hop/Itemid,83/



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    Price: $649.00

    yikes

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    Ah... no, not free. Not what I'd call 'reasonably priced', either.

    $649?!? That thing had better be able to read my mind and code *for* me, for that price.

    Thanks, though

    Monte

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    jEdit is also open source and cross platform and has excellent community support for both usage and extensions.


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