Best Text Editor for Windows

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  1. Fabienne macrumors 65816

    Fabienne

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    I have been using TopStyle 3 for years, before that Homesite (now defunct) which I loved. It's 2010 and I feel the need for a new text editor which can handle things like HTML5, PHP and the usual software which you use (Photoshop, FTP {which I would love to have built in}, and the browsers you need, etc.). I am using a Windows set up and can't change that. What do you like, what do you suggest?

    I have tried Dreamweaver and I am a lot better with the text editor sort of thing than I am with WYSIWYG set ups.

    I would like a few luxuries with it like tag finishing, snippets, FTP, the ability to preview your work before putting it up.
     
  2. X1Lightning macrumors 6502

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    Eclipse does what you are looking for

    and its free
     
  3. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Notepad++ is my main Windows text editor. Sublime is another decent one as well. Then I also recommend getting the Zen Coding plugin for either editor. It makes writing HTML much faster.
     
  5. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    I third Notepad++. Not only it's free, but it's also very lightweight.
     
  6. X1Lightning macrumors 6502

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    notepad ++ is great, but the OP was asking for code completion and notepad++ does not do that
     
  7. Fabienne thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How about Komposer? Has anyone tried that one? It was the one I started with long ago and it has an HTML section along with a wysiwyg section. Just curious.
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    As a text editor, it's very limited. As a WYSIWYG HTML editor, it's not bad for free. I have it, but only rarely use it, and not for web pages I publish online, just for local docs that I happen to want into HTML format. Komposer has a habit of reformatting code in ways you don't want to, which gets on my nerve.
     
  9. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Not saying they are best, but here are a couple for consideration:

    E Text Editor
    Sublime Text

    Both available with demos, although you will eventually need to pay.
     
  10. Fabienne thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did use Evrsoft First Page for a while but it seems that it collapsed. Too bad but it was a bit too good to be true.
     
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