“ EditPlus is an Internet-ready 32-bit text editor, HTML editor and programmers editor for Windows. While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers. „
At first glance Edit Plus doesn't seem like too exciting a prospect. As an HTML tool it hardly compares to Dreamweaver; as a basic text editor - well nearly everyone has Microsoft Word, don't they; as a programming editor it offers little beyond a rather neat bit of auto-completion for various common tags, but hey - only a really lazy programmer wants to avoid typing in all of a "for" loop :-) And yet I find myself increasingly using Edit Plus for everything I've mentioned above. Although it has none of the enormous amount of bells and whistles which can be found on Dreamweaver it's a hell of a lot faster at showing you what your HTML will look like on a web page. It has a built in web browser, so it's one click and there you go - your web page is on screen, with none of the "Save frames", "press F12", "wait for ages for Netscape to power up" that Dreamweaver suffers from. And since you're actually entering the code manually, it makes for much neater coding than other GUI HTML design tools. For basic word processing, I admit that it can't compare to the monster which is Word 2000, but then again it doesn't cost even a tenth of buying the Microsoft Office package and it has all the options you would expect from a decent word processor. Finally, for programming, well I must be a really lazy programmer, because I love the fact it fills in all the irritating bits of loop code; adds headers and generally does all the tedious bits which I usually forget. The fact that you can download new auto-complete short-cuts from the web site over and above the ones for C++, Perl and Java that come supplied with the program and you have an absolute megastar of a program for those of who have idle typing fingers. it also features syntax highlighting, which for example gives keywords in the various languages a different colour from the rest of the code, which is more usefu l than it sounds when you;re trying to debug a huge mess of code. But don't take my word for it - go to the web site and download the fully functional trial version.