I have been using Jarte Plus as my go-to text editor / word processor to create and edit simple documents. I like that it's a portable application, very fast to load, and has a small memory footprint. It supports RTF documents as well as basic tables.

Unfortunately, it's based on the native Windows rich text control, which is known to be quite buggy (which I can confirm!). Jarte is also no longer under development, and its source code has not been made open by the developer.

So I'm seeking recommendations for a new go-to text editor / word processor.

The documents I will be writing with this application will typically be 1-20 pages long, and do not require advanced features like headers/footers/footnotes/forms/indices.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Very fast to open with a low memory footprint (so LibreOffice/OpenOffce Writer and Electron applications are not options)
  2. Support basic tables (add/remove/resize columns and rows)
  3. Support changing foreground color of text entered (red text, green text, et. al.)
  4. Support bold and italicized text
  5. Have a dark mode / dark theme which makes the application's UI dark as well as the page on which you are writing
  7. Compatible with Windows 7-10
  8. Must not rely on Microsoft's rich text control (or has functionality to overcome its bugs!)

Preferences (not requirements):

  1. Portable (no writing to registry or files outside of its folders)
  2. Open-source
  3. Gratis (all prices considered)
  4. Spell-checker
  5. Support RTF format
  • @EricS Thanks. Definitely an interesting read. Although I do appreciate the reference, I'm thinking it's not really relevant as I am not going to write the code to create the editor. (Been there, done that!) :) Feb 20 at 15:10
  • What I was wondering was whether RTF supports tables at all. If not then there would be no possible answer.
    – Eric S
    Feb 20 at 15:22
  • @EricS Ah, I see. Yes, RTF definitely supports tables! Feb 20 at 15:23
  • An idea off the top of my head: Write your files in markdown and then use pandoc to convert to RTF. (Markdown files are plain-text, so you can use whatever editor you want.) Jun 27 at 2:48

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