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Tool Description
Castillo Editor Costs $29.95. Not many features.
Code-Genie Costs $20. Used to be free, so I have a review of it from when it was listed on the other page... Here are some of the things I like about this editor:
  • An intelligent auto-complete feature. Just press Ctrl+Space to invoke it. Look at the help file to see why I call it "intelligent".
  • View your code in full screen mode. (Works just like MS Word.)
  • The context menus (the menus that appear when you right-click) have neat features you don't find in other editors, like a Recent Files menu.
  • There's a quick find tool built into the toolbar.
  • The bookmarks have visual cues.
  • The macro implementation (which utilizes the MS Script Control) must be the best I've ever seen. I had to read a help file to understand how to run my macros once I recorded them, but it took perhaps 2 minutes to master the whole process.
  • It has a color selector. Choose your color using slider bars, hit [Enter] and the hex code goes into your document. (Great for writing HTML.)
  • Allows regular expressions in the Find/Replace dialog, and it also has a feature to Find/Replace in Files.
  • The program is highly configurable via a settings script. It looks easy to use. You can add custom user tools via this script. To configure the syntax highlighting for a programming language, just right-click on a file written in that language and click "Open syntax file".
  • You can compare two files.
  • Optional file tabs for switching between documents, and you can dock the tab bar where you want it.
  • Code templates for C/C++ and HTML.
  • The context help can be extended. For example, you can download glibc documentation (which contains descriptions of all the functions in the C standard library) from the Code-Genie website, and then once you activate that help file, any time you press F1 on the name of a standard C function in your code the appropriate help file pops up.
The features are easy to utilize via a toolbar and "Selectors" (floating windows). Code-Genie also has a binary editor.
DAC Costs >=$260, depending on license. From the site: "Development Assistant for C (DAC) is an integrated development environment (IDE) which supports the development and maintenance of embedded software written in the C and assembler language."
Edit Plus Costs $30. Syntax highlighting and Internet web browsing.
Edituer Costs $28. From the site: "Editeur is a text editor with syntax highlighting for many languages including Java Perl and Html. Ideal for web authoring, programming, scripting, and general editing."
EmEditor Costs $30. From the site: "EmEditor is a general purpose text editor that fully supports Unicode, plug-ins, syntax highlighting, and many other features."
GridinSoft Notepad Costs $19. Also has a free version, Notepad LITE. From the site: "Highlighting more than 45 formats of files! (C/C++, HTML, ASP, PHP, Perl, Pascal..) Build-in spell checker, HEX editor, UNICODE, code templates, auto correction, print preview, bookmarks, export the text with highlighting to RTF, HTML and LaTeX format, support many character sets, scripting engine, evaluate math expressions, regular expressions, the adjusted interface, support file format for Windows, Unix, MacOS."
Komodo Costs $295. From the site: "ActiveState Komodo is the professional IDE for open source languages, providing a powerful workspace for editing, debugging and testing your applications. Komodo is optimized for Perl, Python, PHP, Tcl, XML, and XSLT, and runs on Microsoft Windows and Linux."
MED Costs $30. From the site: "MED is a powerful text editor and universal development system for professional software developers, currently available for the platforms Windows 9x/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP and OS/2 PM."
SlickEdit Costs $269, I think. From the site: "SlickEdit Inc. provides software developers with a multilanguage integrated development environment (IDE) and the most advanced code editors available. Proven across a wide range of programming languages and on Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms, SlickEdit products enable even the most accomplished developers to code faster and meet increasingly aggressive deadlines."
TextPad Costs $27. From the site: "Whether you simply need a powerful replacement for Notepad, a tool for editing your web pages, or a programming IDE, TextPad does what you want, the way you would expect."
TurboEditor Costs $20. From the site: "Turbo Editor is an advanced text editor with many text editing features and tools, designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. Whether you need a powerful replacement for Notepad, a tool for editing HTML documents or preparing documents for DTP applications, Turbo Editor does it all. Program runs under Windows 95/98/NT4/2000."
UltraEdit Costs $39.95. A multi-purpose programmer's editor with auto-complete, syntax highlighting, a superior code folding engine, and a huge assortment of other features.
VEDIT Costs >=$79 depending on license. From the site: "Perfect for C, VB, HTML, SQL, etc. Fast, easy editing of Windows, DOS, UNIX or Mac text files. ASCII, EBCDIC, binary (hex) files. Translating, converting, C-like macros. Automation - the #1 VEDIT feature for many customers."
WinEdt Costs $70 (less for educational). From the site: "WinEdt (shareware) is a powerful, extremely flexible and versatile editor and shell for MS Windows with a strong predisposition towards the creation of [La]TeX documents.
Zeus Costs $35. From the site: "The Zeus for Windows programmer's text editor has been specifically designed for software developers working in the Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT environments. It offers a host of features that make the task of writing code easier and more productive. Zeus has also been designed to be language neutral and by this we mean Zeus does not favor any one particular programming language. For this reason Zeus will work well as the software development environment for almost any programming language."

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