EditPlus

EditPlus 5.0

Edits documents, web pages and program code
3.7  (127 votes)
5.0.651 (See all)
Work with text-based files containing code or symbols and export or import data from and to FTP, FTPS, and SFTp platforms. The program features the same standard editing tools as Notepad but also works with HTML, PHP, Java, C/C++, CSS, ASP, Perl, JavaScript, VBScript, Python and Ruby on Rails.

EditPlus is an advanced text editor that includes lots of interesting features and functions. Although it can well be used as a simple NotePad replacement by regular users, it can also act as a powerful, tiny code editor for programmers and web developers. The program automatically recognizes and color-codes the keywords and syntactic structures for the most popular languages such as HTML, PHP, CSS, ASP, Javascript, Java, C, C++, Perl and others, however, you can always create your own syntax file to add support for additional languages, or directly use any of the syntax files that have been created and shared by other EditPlus users.

Despite its great functionality, the program offers a simple user interface that allows you to work with multiple files simultaneously through tabs. In the left side of its main window, you will find two small panels that allow you to navigate through your file system and locate any specific file with ease, while on the top side there's a practical toolbar which gives you quick access to the most commonly used functions. The general appearance of the window, though, is not particularly attractive and could be widely improved.

As I said before, EditPlus has specially been designed with web developers in mind. You can easily get the basic structure of a web page created with just one click and then start adding elements such as images, tables, headings, anchors, applets, forms, scripts, frames and more, each one by simply clicking on its corresponding icon on the special HTML toolbar that is displayed in these cases. Apart from that, the program includes countless useful tools like the Hex Viewer, useful to browse the contents of executable and DLL files, and the FTP Upload Window which allows you to select a file and send it to a remote server using the FTP, FTPS or SFTP protocols. Of course, the most basic functions that should be present on any text or code editor, like text indentation, automatic line numbering, automatic code folding, spell checking, auto-completion, and line sorting are part of EditPlus, as well as a built-in web browser that allows you to check the layout of your coded web page instantly. On top of that, you can record macros to automate the most common tasks you usually perform within the program and save a lot of time in the future.

In conclusion, whether you need to simply edit plain text files, browse code files or create/edit a web page, EditPlus is a tool that is worth trying. You will be pleasantly surprised by its powerful features and extra tools, and you can try it for an entire month before you need to buy a license to continue using it.

Ricardo Soria
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Review summary

Pros

  • Acts as a powerful, tiny code editor
  • Color-codes the keywords of the most used programming languages
  • Create and share your own syntax files for additional languages support
  • Offers special functions for webpage development
  • Includes an HEX Viewer
  • Includes a FTP/FTPS/SFTP client
  • Record macros to automate your most common tasks

Cons

  • Checks the spell for English language only
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