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    Question Best alternative to notepad

    Hello, just got done reading a particular thread on hand coding vs. wysiswg. I like to hand code all my standard, just css and html, pages with Notepad. I'm looking for an alternative that has a little more features included. Things like search and replace, spell checking, code checking, colored highlighting, etc.

    Marc mentioned Crimson Editor as a good choice for hand coding. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

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    After that thread I treid Crimson Editor, but still could not beat EditPlus2...

    http://www.editplus.com/

    Has everything you need: line numbers, syntax highlighting for HTML, PHP, CSS, JAVASCRIPT, XML, etc..., ftp, and much, much more

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    I'm using crimson editor at the moment, I think it's great! I havn't really used editplus before, but it's been round for a while and everyone seems to like it

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    www.textpad.com Everything, like highlighting, line numbers, for html php javascript et al...
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    I'm an EditPlus fan too. So simple, yet so effective!

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    i love the simplicity of PFE (programmer's file editor) http://www.lancs.ac.uk/people/cpaap/pfe/ . particularly the fact that you can, with the click of a button, change all newline sequences from dos (\n\r) to unix (\n). very handy !
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    It's not free, but for .css, I don't believe anything beats TopStyle3 - and it handles html very nicely...
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    oh, another good one (more specifically for web stuff) is HTML-kit http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
    it has built-in validation as well, which is nice
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    Another vote for EditPlus - love the way it does Find/Replace.
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    Wow there are a lot of nice choices out there. That html kit looks sweet Redux, thanks. Is it possible to do a search and replace for an entire folder with any of these? YourWebBuddy.com's color scheme is getting kind of old to me. I wondered if I could tell the editor to go into an entire folder of web pages and let's say replace #bacacd with #cccc33?

    Another nice feature would be the abilty to generate a site map. I think that's a nice touch on bigger sites.

    Thanks for the suggestions,
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    EditPlus lets you open a huge number of files and then perform Find/Replace on all of them simultaneously - you can then save them all at once too. I use it for that all the time.

    It lets you do this with large chunks of text too. I use it to change the navigation when I need to on a static HTML site with 30+ pages.
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    what is this find/replace thing?

    suppose i have a huge site with lots of pages linking to each other and then i change the location of one of these files. will this find/replace feature automatically change all the linking tags in all documents?

    i´m looking for a text-editor that can do this sort of thing; i think homesite can do that but its interface is awful, too much cluttered and a bit overkill for what i think is necessary for a clean hand-coding editor.

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    I like the horsey in the thread starters avatar

    I currently use notepad but having seen this post I'll look at some others
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    I have Crimson Editor and TSW coder on my computer.
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    I'm a TextPad convert from Notepad.
    Love it.

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    I'm into Homesite 5.

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    Editplus, or UltraEdit

    And for CSS, I second OriginalH's vote for TopStyle.

    If Notepad can even be considered an alternative Notepad is bad for programming IMHO. There are times when the formatting just gets out of place for no apparent reason. Sometimes when I try to do a save (Ctrl-s), the cursor just runs somewhere else! Exercise in frustration...

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    The very popular 1st Page 2000 html editor from http://www.evrsoft.com/ is also another great Notepad replacement. It has HTML syntax highlighting, HTML, ASP support, 400 Javascripts, CGI scripts, spell checker and a very handy browser preview system. It is also free.

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    Notepad forever!
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    ive been using textpad for about a year now but crimson looks really good for freeware

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    I like Notepad but it doesn't allow you to do more than one undo. I use Textpad because it's simple and allows you to undo over and over unlike Notepad.
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    didn't anyone mention UltraEdit ?? its a great editor...
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    I did

    Ultraedit has more functionality than Editplus but I've become so used to Editplus that I'm now reluctant to switch.

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    Originally posted by redemption
    I did

    Ultraedit has more functionality than Editplus but I've become so used to Editplus that I'm now reluctant to switch.
    Oops.. i missed ur post i guess... but well, i'd prefer Ultraedit to any other editor
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    I think I found one that should definately be checked out. It wasn't even mentioned in this thread. Make sure you look at the bottom of the page for all the features...

    http://www.parkenet.com/apl/PHE.htm

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