Ben Poole mentioned TextPad in a comment to my recent power tools posting. I tried it, and am now hooked. I recommend it.
It’s a full-featured text editor, but it hasn’t succumbed to the temptation to become a full-fledged IDE. It has features I need (multiple files, spell checking, simple syntax coloring), and niceties I’ve missed (different font settings for each file, separate screen and printer fonts, multiple search results). It also has a knack for adding tiny things that make a big difference, somehow doing the right (or even unexpected but useful thing) when I don’t expect it.
UltraEdit sounds good too. The in-place editing of FTP-based files is one of the really cool features in BBEdit (an editor I class as "TextPad's-Mac-counterpart-but-with-knobs-on")
Using an obscure dialect of a language? Same deal -- define what's what, and life gets pretty easy. Beats Visual Notepad (and, IMHO, BBEdit -- my old Mac fave), that's for sure.
How is textpad better than editplus2? It seems to be more popular (more syntax files available).
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