These days it’s rare that a new text/code editor comes out that brings anything remotely new or exciting to the table. There are already plenty of code editors and Notepad replacements out there like Notepad++, Context, TotalEdit Pro & more. To be honest I don’t even list all of the different code editors in the Free Webmaster Resources Directory – I just focus on those that bring something unique to the table. So with that said I wanted to introduce two brand new code editors that were just listed in our Webmaster Resources Directory: Sublime Text & PlainEdit.NET.
Sublime Text has been around forever now. 6 years actually since the original release on 18 January 2008. Version 2 came out in July of 2013 and brought about some amazing features:
- Multiple cursors: Once you have discovered multiple cursors you won’t want to work without them anymore. As the name suggests they let you write or edit in multiple places in a document at the same time.
- Vintage mode: Vim keyboard shortcuts will work just like in the original Vim editor. To use them, all you need to do is to enable vintage mode.
- Lightning fast: This is the fastest code editor you will find right now.
- Command pallet: A great feature that allows you to reach about all functions of the editor via the keyboard. You will hardly use your mouse and thus code more efficiently.
- Package control: This add-on let’s you install plugins within seconds directly from the editor.
PlainEdit.NET is a free portable Notepad replacement with some pretty interesting and unusual extras. The core feature set is familiar enough featuring a tabbed interface which allows you to open multiple documents. There’s the usual full support for opening ANSI, UTF-8, Unicode and Unicode big-endian files, with Windows, Mac and Unix line breaks.
Lastly I want to mention what is my favorite feature of the PlainEdit.NET code editor – its series of time-saving clipboard tools. There is a “Copy & Add” feature which adds the currently selected text to the contents of the clipboard, rather than replacing it; and Insert > Clipboard options insert the contents of the clipboard before or after any selected lines. You can utilize Insert > Console Output, then type a console command, and its output will be inserted into your document.