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PSPad v5.0.0 Updated

billon on 20 Apr 2018
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2018
  • 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.

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System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Writes 3 entries (Handle|Path|Ready) to HKCU\Software\PSPad and registers Shell|Open|Command for PSPad.project (.PPR) file.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Download dictionaries for spell-check (optional) and unpack to .\PSPad\Spell\ folder
  3. Launch PSPad.exe
What's new? See:
http://www.pspad.com/whatsnew.htm
Latest comments
Shadeclan on 2012-09-12 19:25

I've been using PSPad for a number of years now and really like it. I find it much easier to configure and less complicated to use than Notepad++, its closest competitor. Also, it is still very much in development. Latest version, as of 12 Sep 2012 is V4.5.7 (2449) released 22 Aug 2012. It is my go-to text editor for everything.
There are a few annoying things with it however. It comes with 27 pre-installed languages which can be hidden but not uninstalled and there are only 5 slots for custom languages. I think that most people would not have a problem with that since the installed languages are the most popular but if you work in a shop using more obscure languages, you might be out of luck.

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.

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CudaText v1.50.0.0 Updated

billon on 20 Apr 2018
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by Midas

CudaText is a code editor with a simple, tabbed interface and side-panels. Includes split view, code folding, hotkeys, theme support, color picker and more. The program supports 190+ syntaxes and plugins 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. Note that settings are modified via text config files (JSON format) in place of options dialogs.

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System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
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:
http://uvviewsoft.com/cudatext/history.txt
Latest comments
webfork on 2017-10-26 21:15

@Alextp: Welcome to the site and thanks for the input.

MIKLO on 2017-12-04 14:15

Very nice, works grea,t thank you for very useful & good product.
MIKLO

Alextp on 2018-01-07 00:25

What is good is that CudaText has text/raw/hex viewer - from the Universal Viewer app. For files which cannot be edited [huge files]. It can viewer, like Universal Viewer, files of any size, e.g. 4Gb. But not edit, only view.

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Atom Portable v1.25.1 Updated

billon on 23 Apr 2018
  • 316MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by Midas

Atom is a customizable text editor supporting tabs, multiple panes, themes and additional functionality via packages. Intended as an open source alternative to Sublime Text, the program includes syntax highlighting, intelligent find and replace options, and more.

Functional in 64-bit. Portable Atom is a portable version of the program.

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System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT
How to extract: Download the self-extracting "online.paf" web downloader EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AtomPortable.exe.

Alternatively, an offline ZIP download (larger as it includes all available languages) is also available. Extract and launch AtomPortable.exe
Similar/alternative apps: CudaText, Notepad++
What's new? See:
https://github.com/atom/atom/releases
Latest comments
Midas on 2016-08-26 13:28

I reckon there should be a mention somewhere in the entry's description that Atom is based on (in fact, is like the ur-deployment of) the Electron framework [https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_(software_framework)! Broken URL, please copy excluding the exclamation, paste and amend].

Alextp on 2017-06-12 11:28

Maybe mention in props, that alternative is CudaText.

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Textosaurus v0.9.3.1 Updated

billon on 23 Apr 2018
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by skunkos

Textosaurus (formerly Textilosaurus) is a Scintilla-based text editor with a configurable, tabbed interface and syntax highlighting. The program includes uploaders, tools for scripting, XML, JSON, MIME and supports a wide variety of text encoding.

64-bit only. Cross-platform with a Linux version available.

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System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the 7Z package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Launch textosaurus.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad++
What's new? See:
https://github.com/martinrotter/textosaurus/releases
Latest comments
skunkos on 2018-01-08 04:59

Well, actually, the files from C++ runtime are really, there. Your missing DLLs api-ms-win-crt-runtime-* are indirect system dependencies which are not directly referenced by Textilosaurus binary, it seems these files can be installed with installing this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows

So it seems that your operating system is not fully up-to-date. These DLLs cannot be re-distributed with textilosaurus.exe, the only way for me could be to package runtime installers into Textilosaurus installer, but that is not really good because some users install portable Textilosaurus from zip package instead, thus, this is not a solution for them.

What do you think? I thought I could use different toolchain (mingw) to build the app for windows, but unfortunately, it is only available for x86 platform which is bad, since I prefer to deploy x64 binaries.

zorro on 2018-01-08 05:40

Well, you're right - my system is not up to date and I am not able to install the update, because my Win 8.1 is one of those that refused to install the big ("8.2") update. No problem, for most other users Textilosaurus will work fine.

smaragdus on 2018-04-19 18:08

I am glad that the developer switched to a better versioning scheme.

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Text Editor Pro v3.6.1 Updated

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by Midas

Text Editor Pro (formerly EditBone) is a powerful text editing tool that comes with syntax highlighting support for over 50 languages and scripts, customizable with over 100 options, 29 ready made styles, a handy file comparison feature, unicode character map, numerical unit convert tool, SQL formatter and support for multiple directories and search results.

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System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. %LOCALAPPDATA%\TextEditorPro
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TextEditorPro.exe -appinipath.
What's new? See:
http://texteditor.pro/index.php?page=history
Latest comments
zorro on 2016-03-19 22:38

Version 10.10.4 is not stealth - existing "editbone.ini" and "editbone.out" files in the application folder are moved to AppData/EditBone on first start.

smaragdus on 2016-07-25 21:56

EditBone is no longer portable- see http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=82292#p82292
I down-voted EditBone.

Happy.Camper2 on 2017-07-12 22:32

v1.4.4 released 07/12/2017 !
http://texteditor.pro/pages/changes.php

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