Questions tagged [text-editors]

Software to edit text. Also consider the `html-editor` tag, if appropriate.

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Text editor or reader for working with huge files in Windows

At the office certain server log files grow way too big and trying to go through the logs can be a real pain, when for instance you have a several GB size text file and all the normal text editors ...
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Markdown editor for Windows with live rendering in the editing pane, NOT in a separate preview pane

There are lots of Markdown editors out there but I couldn't find one in which the viewer was built into the editing pane itself. An example of what I don't want is these SE sites, where the question/...
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Cross platform JS/PHP editor software with FTP support and code hinting

For my web development purposes, I am looking for a code editor. In my case, it's mostly for JavaScript and PHP. Here are my requirements: Must have Syntax highlighting, Must have Code hinting (...
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Markdown editor for OSX that includes a preview, ideally in real time?

I'm looking for a native OSX desktop application (needs to work offline) in which I can edit plain text documents, and preview how they'll look with markdown formatting applied. At a minimum, I need ...
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What is a good LaTeX editor for writing thesis?

I'm writing my thesis with latex (for technical text, it's way easier than Word). However, writing LaTeX on editor, and then manually compiling PDF for preview is rather slow and cumbersome. Is there ...
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What cross-platform GUI text editor for Linux shell scripting?

As the title says, I seek high quality text editor for POSIX shell scripting. Requirements: Most important to me is syntax highlighting: I admire the fast start-up of Sublime Text, but it does not ...
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Software to draw shapes in plain text file (ASCII/Unicode)

Sometimes I need to draw simple shapes into plain text documentation file. What application can do this? Last time I've used such an app under MS-DOS :) (It was called Flow or something like that.) ...
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Editor for writing shell scripts, with autocompletion and syntax highlighting

I am looking for a good editor that would provide me with an IDE-like experience in building shell scripts. Ideally, it should support Linux bash and Windows batch file formats, Windows Power Shell is ...
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Syntax highlighting text editor for Mac OSX

When I'm writing or reading code (Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, etc.), I prefer something more lightweight than an IDE, that highlights syntax but doesn't do much else. What options are there for ...
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Linux alternative for Notepad++

What I'm looking for: lightweight (non IDE) program for Linux that manages the tasks listed below modern GUI program - I want to use mouse, drag-n-drop, … It should be gratis software. The features ...
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What text editors operate like notepad for Windows but with extra features for a novice?

What text editors are as easy as Notepad for Windows 7, but with the extra features below? Advanced Find and Replace functions (replacing line endings would be helpful) See control characters in my ...
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Open source, web-based document editor?

So I have this project where I need to edit documents online, without using Google Drive, and save them back to the DB. The requirements for the editor are: basic editor features, boldface, ...
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Portable, real-time collaborative, multimarkdown editor, with live preview and version control integration

I'm looking for a tool, collection of tools and/or plugins, or even works-in-progress in this general direction, for this quite demanding (and possibly conflicting) set of requirements: user ...
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Windows program to monitor a log file for new lines and automatically display them as they are added to the file

I have text file, like log.txt which constantly updates. I want some text editor which I can open on separate monitor to display this file. I want this text editor to "reload" text file from disk ...
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An open-source cross between an IDE and a text-editor?

I'm a software engineer with a little development company. I just recently moved my company into the open-source movement. All of our non-client code is open-source, we run all of our servers and ...
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Self-hosted collaborative real-time editor

I'm looking for a quick text outline tool that I can host on my own server supporting real-time editing for multiple users and change-history.
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Software for writing novels

I started writing a science fiction/fantasy novel as a hobby, and I am looking for a software (other than Word) which make easier to write it. Here is what I am looking for: Must have: Free For ...
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Which LaTeX editor can I use to create a sane book publishing workflow for non-savvy writers?

I'm in a bit of a sticky position having to introduce several people to work that is inherently harder than what they are going to be comfortable with. I would like to ease this transition my making ...
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Feature-rich Turtle editor

I want to edit Turtle (RDF) files in the most convenient way possible. Formal requirements: The solution must be FLOSS and a local/offline client that runs natively on GNU/Linux. I don’t expect (but ...
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Is there any text editor with autocomplete?

I'm programmer myself, so I'm used to using autocomplete in various forms in various IDEs. Right now I'm writing my master thesis and it struck me, that I don't know any editor with word ...
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Is there a Markdown editor for iOS?

I was quite impressed with Mou for OS X from this answer, and now I'd like to get something like it for my iOS devices. Must: Use the Stack Exchange 'style' of markdown Run natively, no webapps ...
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Nano-like terminal text editor supporting undo/redo, softwrap

I am looking for a lightweight text editor that runs in the terminal. I currently use nano 2.2.6, but I am slightly dissatisfied with it (particularly the fact that it doesn't have working undo/redo). ...
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OS X client for Google Docs/Drive, incorporating the real-time collaboration feature?

I have several documents that are collaboratively edited in Google Drive. I'd prefer to use a more responsive, easier-to-open desktop client to edit these documents. It must: Be able to see all my ...
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A non-WYSIWYG, HTML aware, text editor

I was dreaming about a text editor with specific functionalities (reasons will given at the end) in relation with HTML and CSS. block level tags shouldn't appear in the editable part, but in the ...
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Simple text editor for spreadsheet-style data entry

I enter a lot of data that will ultimately be saved as comma separated text files (.csv). I currently use Excel but often find that it auto-formats the data inappropriately and is basically overkill ...
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Advanced line breaking (with prefix, suffix and width) for comments in text editors on Linux?

Basically, I'd want to achieve some sort of automatic line breaking in a text editor on Linux; I'm pretty sure it exists, but I don't know how it's called. Let's say the facility allows you to specify ...
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Basic FTP code editor for iPad?

I use to develop web-apps on my desktop computer, but sometime I would like to make some light edit (changing a CSS value or inverting two HTML tags for instance) on my iPad. So I'm looking for a ...
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Free text editor with full column mode support

If anyone out there is old enough to remember the ISPF editor on IBM mainframes, then you know what I mean. For the rest of you ... I am looking for a free editor which allows me to edit only ...
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A good editor for technical tutorials on Mac?

I write a lot of tutorials and publish them as HTML. Usually, I type them directly in HTML but each time I use <code> tags to show a code example, I have to manually update the content of the ...
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Simplest and ad-free Android Notepad App

All the Android Notepad Apps I found on the google play boast their rich feature selection, but I'm just looking for an Android Notepad App that has the simplest features, just like the simple Notepad ...
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Extract Highlights and Markups from Documents (PDF preferred, Word or suggestions)

As part of my studying/learning, I have a lot of PDF documents that I'm reading. There's an "Almost Awesome" thing I've found discovered about PDFs. Using these instructions you can use Adobe ...
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Windows easy-to-install Asciidoc editor

Asciidoc is a text-based document format. I tried the AsciiDoctor editor , but it requires installing Ruby and typing gem install asciidoctor, which scares away potential writers, especially the ones ...
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Tabbed text editor that autosaves even new files

I often start new text files to paste something or write an idea or phone number. At any time, if my computer were to crash, I want all text to be safe, even text that I had just entered in a new (yet ...
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Web Based Story Organization Software for Fiction Writing and Worldbuilding

I'm working on a writing project and I want to know if there is a tool that I can use to organize the work. I need the following features: manage story text and link it with character sheets, ...
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Text editor with tile view

I am looking for a Windows text editor that allows me to tile 3-4 files inside one window. Basically like this "Tile Tabs" Firefox add-on. Currently I am using Notepad++ with multiple instances to ...
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Open-source text editor written in Qt

Is there a good text editor that is written in Qt? For example, for Gtk there is gEdit, Geany, and probably others. But I don't know any such editor written in Qt. Please note, though, that I'm not ...
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Android Text Editor

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, ...
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Windows text editor for editing files hosted on remote linux server

I am using a Windows-7 PC and I have to edit and save files which are stored on a Linux server which I usually access using PUTTY and edit them using Vi editor. Vi editor is hard to use for me (as I ...
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Text Editor or IDE supporting many languages

I am looking for a text editor or interactive development environment (IDE) that will support many languages, including but not limited to C, C++, Lisp, Scheme, Fortran, bash, ksh, zsh, m-files (...
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Offline WordPress post editor/creator

I have a WordPress site hosted on my personal server. I will be unavailable by Internet for a little while, and I'd like to write up some posts for my blog. Normally, you need to be connected to ...
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Which text editor makes writing plug-ins the easiest?

There are many text editors featuring plugins but I would like to know if there is one text editor that makes it very easy for the user to write a plugin, using a simple language and with a lot of ...
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Sublime Text 3 alternative to use on ARM Linux?

I'm using a Raspberry Pi 3 to code,at the moment,and I'm not being very lucky on my quest to find an alternative to Sublime Text 3. I tried Vim, but didn't like it that much. Geany felt a little dull ...
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Simple Text Editor for Desktop Environment

Issue Leafpad is the default text editor for the LXDE Desktop environment designed to be lightweight and simple. Although I like this design choice, there are some additional features available in ...
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Formatted text editor with tabbed windows for OS X

Seeking a text editor which: is OS X compatible has tabbed windows has the ability to format text (bold, italics, different fonts, sizes, etc) does not require an account or internet connection to ...
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Is there any text editor online capable of recording macros?

I am a looking for a good text editor with a simple and powerful macro-recording functionality that should: be open source, and JavaScript/jQuery based. Optionals: Open multiple files would be ...
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Markdown editor to preserve URL links in text copied from browser

I am looking for a good Markdown editor to keep track of what I am reading and learning online to improve my web developer skills and stay in touch with latest technologies. As I read sometimes huge ...
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Linux Markdown editor that supports inline images, pandoc syntax and vim-keybindings?

I am looking for for a Markdown editor that can display inline images, is largely compatible with pandoc syntax, supports most common vim-keybindings, and runs on Linux. I am currently using gvim ...
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Lean and fast RTF (Rich Text File) editor with more features

Often, plain text files are sufficient to get an idea across (see this question). But sometimes you need more. But not so much more that you need to get all the hamsters together to fire up a ...
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Windows plain text editor that allows to bold/italicize/indent

I write quite a bit in plain text files. A simple text editor, like Notepad, meets most of my needs when writing plain text files. But sometimes being able to bold or italicize a word is very useful....
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A Notepad++ equivalent for mac? [closed]

I recently received a Mac (running OS X) and I was wondering if there was a Notepad++ equivalent for it. When I used a Windows computer I always liked using Notepad++ for my programming. Is there ...