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RJ TextEd v16.25 Updated

Ennovy on 3 Jul 2024
  • 296MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by rbon

RJ TextEd is a full featured text, source code and web development editor. The program includes spell checking, auto completion, HTML validation, templates, as well as a dual pane file commander with (S)FTP client. Includes support for regular expressions, PHP, ASP, JavaScript and CSS/HTML editing with integrated preview.

A earlier version (14.81) is also available for WinXP, Vista, and Wine users.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TextEd.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PSPad, SynWrite, Notepad++
What's new? Full changelog at: https://rj-texted.se/#download.
Latest comments
Alextp on 2018-01-07 00:29

If you want small startup time, good one is CudaText, starts fast, less exe size.

hamasaki on 2019-06-21 15:17

RJ Text Editor isn`t portable:
AppData\Roaming\RJ TextEd\Scripts\*

Pendrive on 2022-02-12 05:12

This program seems to have a huge file-size for what it is. Is it an electron-based program and, if so, should that not be noted here?

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CudaText 1.215.0 Updated

Ennovy on 20 Jun 2024
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by billon

CudaText is a code editor with a clean, tabbed interface and side-panels. Includes split view, code folding, hotkeys, theme support, color picker and much more. The program supports 300+ syntaxes and add-ons written in Python, as well as some IDE features if plugins are used.

The program is cross-platform, with clients available for Mac and Linux. Settings are modified either via options dialogs, or alternatively, by manually editing text config files (JSON format).

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: MPL 2.0
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cudatext.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SynWrite, Atom Portable
What's new? See: https://cudatext.github.io/history.txt
Latest comments
Midas on 2023-02-13 09:33

@FileHandler: It would be helpful -- at least for me -- if you could document your findings and settings in CudaText's forum topic... TiA

FileHandler on 2023-02-25 16:32

@Midas: Will happily do it, just give me a few days...

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EmEditor Free v24.3 Updated

Ennovy on 20 Jun 2024
  • 184MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by smaragdus

EmEditor is a tabbed text editor with themes, syntax highlighting, stay-on-top and customizable keyboard mapping. The program supports batch find-and-replace, regular expressions and more.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Internet Explorer v11
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch EmEditor.exe.

Skip the 30-day evaluation of the full version by selecting the Help menu and click Downgrade.
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad++
What's new? See: https://www.emeditor.com/text-editor-features/history/
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2018-05-04 06:56

@hamasaki
Opening the download page of EmEditor automatically starts downloading the installers (x32 or x64 depending on user's system). I added direct download links to portable versions.

webfork on 2018-05-04 12:59

@smaragdus: my fault, thanks for fixing that

hamasaki on 2018-05-05 05:26

Thanks guys.

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Notepad++ v8.6.8 Updated

Ennovy on 4 Jun 2024
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Notepad++ is a tabbed source code editor and Notepad replacement with a customizable interface. Includes source code "folding", allowing users to quickly reduce and expand sections of code to see the overall document. In addition, it features multi-language syntax highlighting, auto-completion, Perl-compatible regular expression search/replace, macro recording and playback, document map etc.

A host of additional functionality is available via the plugins admin view, including tools for file analysis, programming languages, viewers, calculations, user interface and many more.

Alternatively, Notepad++ Portable and the outdated X-Notepad++ clean the local folder.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP or 7z package according to your OS and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary localization files
  3. Launch notepad++.exe
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, PSPad, EditPad Lite
What's new? Changelog at: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/.
Latest comments
Pendrive on 2021-12-08 16:48

Where is this "v8.1.9.3"?

PAFuser on 2022-01-19 09:26

8.2 does not seem to have sessions check box under general tab, and session does not seem to load or save. Any comments?

Mike.S.G. on 2022-01-20 09:43

@PAFuser

Things have changed a bit, can you make something happen by tweaking settings in Backup & Multi Instance... looking at the changelog some settings have been tweaked regarding Sessions???

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BowPad v2.9.0 Updated

Ennovy on 3 Jun 2024
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Midas

BowPad is a small and fast text editor with a ribbon user interface and syntax highlighting for over 100 file types and languages. The program's feature set is extendable with plugins written in jscript or vbscript.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch BowPad.exe.
What's new? See: https://tools.stefankueng.com/BowPad_history.html
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2016-11-22 20:02

I have never seen a text editor as ugly as this one, compared to BowPad, even DocPad (http://www.gammadyne.com/docpad.htm) is a beauty.

webfork on 2016-11-27 01:43

@smaragdus: you just hate ribbons :)

smaragdus on 2016-11-27 02:28

@webfork indeed. ;)

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EditPad Lite v8.5.1 Updated

Ennovy on 15 May 2024

EditPad Lite is a fast and lightweight general-purpose text editor. It allows you to open many files simultaneously and switch between them using tabs. It also supports many functions for text manipulation and conversion.

A 64-bit version is available. EditPad's installer now automatically installs a 64-bit version of EditPad on 64-bit Windows.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKCU\Software\JGsoft on Windows 8.1.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the installer
  2. Select the 'Create Portable Installation' option
  3. Check 'treat all drives as removable drives' and save to a drive of your choice. The program will save to the root of that drive.
  4. Optionally, move EditPadLite from the drive root to a folder of your choice
  5. Launch EditPadLite8.exe
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, Notepad++
What's new? See: https://www.editpadlite.com/releasenotes.html
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2021-03-31 10:06

"How to extract: 3. The program will save to the root of that drive."
You can however manually enter the path where to extract the program, so that you don't have to move the folder later

AndTheWolf on 2023-07-21 14:48

My first attempt to download EditPad Lite v8.42 resulted in a zero-length SetupEditPadLite.exe and a cryptic error message. After some research I discovered that your download points to http://download.jgsoft.com/editpad/SetupEditPadLite.exe, but my browser enforces the https protocol. Downloading from httpS://download.jgsoft.com/editpad/SetupEditPadLite.exe worked.

Ennovy on 2023-07-21 15:39

@AndTheWolf: thanks for reporting this, I changed the downloadlink

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Text Editor Pro v29.1.1 Updated

Ennovy on 13 May 2024
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 May 2024
  • Suggested by Midas

Text Editor Pro (formerly EditBone) is a powerful text editor with a customizable interface. View options include minimap, directory view, line numbers, rulers, and skins. The code viewer enables syntax highlighting support for over 50 languages and scripts, customizable with over 100 options, 29 ready made styles.

Search tools include a file comparison feature, wildcards and regular expressions support, multiple directory results, and a duplicate text finder.

Other power features include macro recording and playback, hotkeys, and file execution. You can also convert untis (e.g. volume and mass), speak text, onscreen zoom, SQL formatter and more.

Supports 20 world languages.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. %LOCALAPPDATA%\TextEditorPro
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP or 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TextEditorPro.exe -appinipath.
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad3
What's new? See: https://texteditor.pro/index.php?page=history
Latest comments
webfork on 2019-01-27 13:09

It doesn't have functionality far in advance of other editors, but the interface is great. There are big, clear icons, themes, easy tabbed interface, and a really smooth options menu. If you think text editors are supposed to be functional rather than friendly, this might not be your cup of tea. Otherwise...

PapaiMark on 2020-02-25 15:11

Nice. The best text compare Ive ever seen. And mainly because of the trim-left/right.

eitang on 2021-12-10 15:46

Hi all,

Yes, Great editor !!! BUT:

Although it says compatible with Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 version v18.2.1 is NOT compatible with (at least) Win XP SR3 (which I still use).

I wrote to support@texteditor.pro but no reply as yet.

Anybody has a cure ? a Work Arounfd ? (it may be some useless DLL, for example...)

TIA,

EitanG

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Textadept v12.4 Updated

Ennovy on 1 May 2024
  • 38MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 May 2024
  • Suggested by Midas

Textadept is a minimalist programmer’s text editor featuring split views, themes, auto-complete. Also features syntax highlighting, advanced search, and bookmarks.

Cross-platform with versions available for Mac OSX, Linux, and BSD.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch textadept.exe -u .\data
What's new? See: https://orbitalquark.github.io/textadept/changelog.html

Sigil Portable v2.1.0

lwc on 5 Apr 2024
  • 344MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by ChemZ

Sigil is a tabbed editor for the EPUB format commonly used in eBooks. The program includes basic formatting, customizable fonts and styles, hotkeys and spellcheck. You can generate a table of contents, embed files (audio, video, or other), edit/add metadata, rearrange or split pages, add vector (SVG) images and available "clips" for frequently entered text.

As the format is based on simple HTML, the program includes a WYSIWYG-style book vs. code view, the ability to modify cascading style sheets and additional functionality via plugins. The program can even shrink some eBooks by discarding unused media elements.

Cross-platform with clients for Linux, Mac and supports many languages. Sigil Portable is a wrapper version of the program and an outdated X-Sigil is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch SigilPortable.exe.

Optionally, the user guide is available as a separate download.
Similar/alternative apps: KompoZer
What's new? See: https://github.com/Sigil-Ebook/Sigil/releases

PSPad v5.0.7

juverax on 6 Feb 2024
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Mar 2023
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

PSPad is a plain text editor with syntax highlighting support and tabbed interface. It includes an integrated hex editor, spell checker, FTP client, code explorer etc. It also allows you to automate repetitive activities through macro recording and playback.

PSPad supports column selection.

Note: The 64-bit version of PSPad is not limited by memory, but is missing the scripting capability of the 32-bit version, as noted here

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\PSPad
Registers PSPad.project (.PPR) files
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete pspshellx32.dll, pspshellx64.dll and unnecessary language files
  3. Download dictionaries for spell-check (optional) and unpack to .\PSPad\Spell\ folder
  4. Launch PSPad.exe
What's new? See: https://www.pspad.com/en/whatsnew.htm
Latest comments
Shadeclan on 2012-09-14 13:59

I figured out how to uninstall the user-chosen (custom) languages but it takes a little work.
1: Open PSPad.ini (if you opened it with PSPad or if PSPad is running, save it as something else).
2: Delete the UserHighLighterName# value / data pair where the language is listed (the crosshatch is either null or a number between 1 and 4).
3: Delete the language key and all value / data pairs appertaining to it.
4: If PSPad is running, close it - then replace the PSPad.ini file with your changes. Voila! Your user-selected language slot is ready for another language!
I have posted a request to add a mechanism to do this automatically on the PSPad forum which is very active and the author of the software posts often - not what you'd expect from "dead" software.
BTW: Be cautious about using the installer - it seems to have had some problems. Use the zip file instead and unpack the files to a folder of your choice.

Shadeclan on 2012-09-14 14:46

If it's ok, I'd just like to make a few more comments:
Viniciusban writes that PSPad has no comment-out tool. I don't know if that was true when he posted, but it has one now:
Format menu / Add/Remove Comment.

Webfork writes that it has trouble handling Very Large Files (VLF). In my experience, there are only a very few editors that can handle VLFs without absorbing all available RAM and none of them (with the possible exception of UltraEdit) is as full-featured as PSPad IMHO. If I must view / edit a VLF, I always use HiEditor from WinASM.net as it is made specifically to work on VLFs without hosing the computer. Unfortunately, it isn't offered on PortableFreeware.com but it is completely portable, writes all settings to an INI file and is very fast.

Tom mentions that the "stable" version is 4.5.4. Currently it is 4.5.6 and was uploaded about 11 months ago. Beta version, available from the forum and updated August 2012, is very stable - if the latest version is wanted, grab it from there.

PSPad has its problems but they all do - that's why there isn't just a single text editor that everybody uses. While Notepad++ is (undeniably) the most popular text editor for programmers, I find its interface somewhat obscure and its learning curve a bit too steep to make it useful to me. PSPad's interface is much cleaner and simpler and, if I don't use it for months at a time, I can come back to it without worrying about relearning anything - that's why PSPad is my text editor of choice.

rbon on 2019-12-25 18:09

I wanted a paf version of PSPad and I tried the online installer version of @prapper which unfortunately does not work.
So in the discussion https://portableapps.com/comment/242253#comment-242253 I left a note (# 22).
Be careful: when you extract the installer you have to delete the folders:
- $ PLUGINSDIR
- 7zTemp
and copy the rest into .\PSPadPortable.
Then update to the latest portable version which must be unpacked in .\PSPadPortable\App\PSPad\

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