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I am looking for an Android text editor to replace 920 Text Editor.

Why?

  • It appears 920 Text Editor may be abandoned. It has not been updated recently, has been removed from the Google Play Store, and the latest version is not available on F-Droid.

Requirements

  • Must be able to search for text anywhere in the file (including within large text files).
  • Must not require internet access. If it wants internet access at all, the reason must be disclosed or known.
  • Must render and edit FAST!
  • Must handle text files that contain thousands of pages (tens of thousands of lines). Must be able to load a 10MB text file without difficulty.
  • Not abandoned.
  • Gratis (freeware).
  • No ads.

Preferences (not required)

  • Open-source.
  • Ability to invert colors (white on black as well as black on white).

UPDATE: Well, it's been over four months, and no one has found a recommendation meeting the requirements, so I simplified the requirements, in hopes of receiving one or more suitable recommendations.

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    While waiting for the "real answers": Office Suites and Text Editors are listed on my site. Watch out for those having an F-Droid icon along, those are for sure open source (which doesn't mean the others aren't). You can also use the search to exclude unwanted permissions in the result list :) Speaking of "pages and photographs": you didn't mention whether those should be "shown" (WYSIWYG) or just their link. And what file formats you're after (Markdown? HTML?). – Izzy Apr 22 '15 at 9:44
  • Good questions. All it needs to do is display text. No need (or desire) for WYSIWYG. No need to handle Markdown or HTML either. – RockPaperLizard Sep 12 '15 at 6:47
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    Not tried, but take a look at Vim Touch (F-Droid / Play). vi is known to match all your requirements, including the preferences. If the similarity in names has a say here, it must scream "take me!" :) // Btw: picked from above linked list :) – Izzy Sep 12 '15 at 11:23
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    Is QuickEdit not a good option for you? – Firelord Sep 12 '15 at 19:13
  • Thumbs up Izzy and Firelord - I will take a look at both of those recommendations. – RockPaperLizard Sep 12 '15 at 22:08
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I recommend Jota Text Editor

Jota is a text editor designed for a long text file. It's pronouced as "i-o-ta".

Functions

  • Support until 1 million characters.
  • Auto-Detect multiple character codes. UTF-8 UTF-16BE UTF-16LE UTF-32BE UTF-32LE WINDOWS-1251 WINDOWS-1252 WINDOWS-1253 WINDOWS-1255 SHIFT_JIS ISO-2022-JP ISO-2022-CN ISO-2022-KR ISO-8859-5 ISO-8859-7 ISO-8859-8 BIG5 GB18030 EUC-JP EUC-KR EUC-TW IBM855 IBM866 KOI8-R MACCYRILLIC HZ-GB-2312 X-ISO-10646-UCS-4-3412 X-ISO-10646-UCS-4-2143 (Whether you can decode or not depends on Android's implementation.)
  • Change character codes.
  • Auto-Detect linebreak code.
  • Change linebreak code.
  • Keep linebreak code until saving a file.
  • Save position of the cursor with file.
  • Save history of recened files.
  • Search/Replace (Support Regular Expression)
  • Text sharing with external application. Mushroom Share (ACTION_SEND) Search (ACTION_SEARCH) Open (ACTION_VIEW) ★Direct Intent : You can launch any one application on menu item.
  • Scroll with Thumb-drag.
  • Scroll with Flick.
  • Undo/Redo
  • Support a Shortcut key with ALT/CTRL Key.
  • Customize colors.
  • Create a shortcut icon on HOME app.
  • Customizable shortcut key bind.
  • Text selector like Gingerbread. (Double tap to select the word , then touch selected area to show marker.)
  • Word wrap ON/OFF and set word wrap width.
  • Set tab width.
  • Viewer Mode.
  • Show Line numbers.
  • Word Counter.
  • Support Landscape Mode correctly.
  • Auto save.
  • Auto Indent.
  • Show Tab/Linebreak.
  • Auto capitalize.
  • you can used as SL4A editor.
  • Customizable Toolbar.
  • Customizable Syntax highlght.
  • Capture Screen shot.
  • Wallpaper customize.
  • Support Android OS 1.6 or later.
  • Support both touch-screen device and qwerty-keyboard device.
  • Forever FREE and NO-AD.
  • Thanks! I will take a look at it. At one point, there was some reason why I didn't use it; I'm not sure what the reason was. Hopefully whatever reason it was is no longer applicable! – RockPaperLizard Apr 22 '15 at 19:23
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    @RockPaperLizard: I'm pretty sure the reason you didn't like Jota earlier is due to its filesize limitation. In your post you stated 10 MB file capacity as a primary requirement, and Jota has an upper limit of 1 MB stated in its specs, and I've seen users complain of crash events when loading even smaller files. Apparently it can go a little higher than 1 MB in some cases, but one guy who reported that also said that it crashed EVERY time on files of 5 MB or more. – user14233 May 10 '15 at 4:41
  • @RonaldAndersson Thanks! I knew there was a reason, and such a low file size restriction would definitely result in it not working for me. Thanks again. – RockPaperLizard May 10 '15 at 5:27

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