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CudaText v1.131.0 Updated

Andrew Lee on 15 Apr 2021
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Apr 2021
  • Suggested by billon

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 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. Note that settings are modified via text config files (JSON format) in place of options dialogs.

Category:
Runs on: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: https://cudatext.github.io/history.txt
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hamasaki on 2021-04-14 21:45

Download links both 404 as website has moved to github.

Andrew Lee on 2021-04-15 09:03

@hamasaki: Fixed.

rbon on 2021-04-16 11:50

add-ons written in Python: invalid link (it points to http://www.uvviewsoft.com/cudatext/files/addons/)
correct link is for Sourceforge.net:
• addons page: https://sourceforge.net/projects/cudatext/files/addons_all/
• addons direct download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/cudatext/files/addons_all/CudaText_addons.zip/download

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EditPad Lite v8.2.2 Updated

Ennovy on 9 Apr 2021

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
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
AndTheWolf on 2018-05-11 15:55

Now at Version 7.6.4

AndTheWolf on 2020-01-29 18:50

Now EditPad Lite is at version 8.*, you should probably change "Launch EditPadLite7.exe" to "Launch EditPadLite8.exe" in "How to extract"

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

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PSPad v5.0.6 Updated

Andrew Lee on 14 Apr 2021
  • 15MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Apr 2021
  • 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.

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:WinAll
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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BowPad v2.7.0 Updated

Ennovy on 2 Apr 2021
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Apr 2021
  • 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:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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.

Vista users have to install the Platform Update for Windows Vista (see website).
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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SynWrite v6.41.2780 Updated

Ennovy on 30 Mar 2021
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Mar 2021
  • Suggested by Mat030

SynWrite is a powerful tabbed source code and web development editor. This feature-rich program includes syntax highlighting for many languages, code folding, tree structure, project management, FTP/SFTP client, keyboard macros, spell checking, customizable hotkeys etc.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Mozilla Public License
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Syn.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, Notepad++, RJ TextEd, PSPad
What's new? See: http://www.uvviewsoft.com/synwrite/History.txt
Latest comments
hamasaki on 2017-08-29 21:34

Download link triggers none portable version.

webfork on 2017-08-31 22:24

@hamasaki: Seems like it's working okay on this side

hamasaki on 2017-09-03 09:48

@webfork: Yes, fine now. Strange, before I got the exe.

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