Your Favourite Editor?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by purelithium, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. purelithium macrumors 6502

    purelithium

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    I am currently using Text Wrangler as my primary text editor, but don't really like it, and can't seem to find one that floats my boat, so to say.

    So.. What's your favourite editer for creating those fantastic pages you all create? If you want to help me out, just write a short description on what the editor is, if it's a plain text, or if it has special features like Syntax highighting(I'm looking for this!)

    Hopefully I'll find a favourite of my own in this thread!

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. cookie1105 macrumors 6502

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    SKedit.
    Have just spent all night with it. syntax highlighting. Fantastic program:D
     
  3. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe it would help if you could tell us what you dislike about TextWrangler.
     
  4. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm mostly interested in what you guys like, and I usually can go from there. It's not that I don't like it, it just doesn't have that "this is home" kind of feel. I used to use Kate when I used linux, but that was a KDE only program I believe. I loved the tabbed feature of it, I don't like having to pull down context menus or trying to find another window just to switch between a few files I have open at once.

    Does that help any?
     
  5. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    you don't use the slide-out documents bar? It works just like tabs, only as a document list.
     
  6. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's too big, it takes up an additional 1/3 of my screen width when I only have 3 or 4 files open. I'd rather have tabs ;)
     
  7. radiantm3 macrumors 65816

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  8. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    I still like using the source editor in OmniWeb... but that is what I've been using for years now.
     
  9. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Smultron!

    Smultron is all I use. It's lightweight, manages multiple files into a "project" (if desired), and is simple. There's no real learning curve.

    Smultron

    Additionally, it's free and open-source.
     
  10. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    vim. Once you learn a few of the commands, it's very powerful and efficient. :D Until you learn a few of the commands, it's useless :rolleyes:

    Syntax highlighting, auto-indenting*, regular expression find/replace.

    * (to turn these on by default in OS X, create the file ~/.vimrc with the following lines:
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    syn on
    set ai
     
  11. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's my problem, why should I have to learn a whole new way of using a text editor just to use something that's "powerful" Sure, Emacs was powerful, but goddamn hard to learn to use... Why? That's the kind of thing I DON'T want.

    ;)
     
  12. floyde macrumors 6502a

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    Well I was going to say TextWrangler, but you don't like that one :eek: I use it for all my XHTML, PHP, CSS and JS needs.
     
  13. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha well considering i've only used it for a week, maybe I should stick with Text wrangler.
     
  14. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Not even interested in trying Smultron? :)
     
  15. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did download it, I'll try it and see if I like it, but if I don't, I'll stick to TextWrangler.
     
  16. radiantm3 macrumors 65816

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    You should watch the textmate screencasts I mentioned above. :cool:

    It has really great syntax highlighting as well. You can even build your own themes. Here is one I did:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ugh, I'm a student, and I don't think I can afford to pay 40 Euro for a text editor.
     
  18. radiantm3 macrumors 65816

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    You didn't mention that. :cool: You said what's your favorite editor and why. :)
     
  19. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

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    Of course you don't have to, but that's the price of admission. I'm not sure anyone actually sits down and says "I want to learn how to use this convoluted thing", until they have to, as they have to edit something on a remote *nix box, and pico et al. are useless. Once that happened, I really can't use anything else. I use TextWrangler a bit for local stuff on my Mac, but I find it so cumbersome having to go from the keyboard to the mouse and back. I also put ":w" all over the place in textwrangler (':w' is the save command in vim).
     
  20. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    I hear you... loud and clear.

    A few months ago, I went through my apps folder and tried to convert my regularly-used apps to free/open-source ones. I've been very happy with it, as there are some great free apps out there. The most notable changes:

    Vienna replaced NetNewsWire
    Smultron replaced TextWrangler Demo
    Camino replaced Safari
     
  21. purelithium thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, I was asking for your opnions, and that's what I got. I knew most of the suggestions wouldn't be perfect solutions for me, but there's always a gem amidst the gravel.
     
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    i second both of those, but especially taco.
     
  24. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    I love Nedit. Best editor I have ever used. Works only under X, though.
     

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