It is still amazing, after 10 years, I still use textpad for my code editing. There are many reasons why it is superior to any ide.
* the ability to maintain block indents
* automatic code indentation (see indent style)
* regular expression based search and replace, including multiline regex
* Macro recording feature to facilitate complex text transformations and data processing.
o Macro feature supports multiple regex searches (and replacements) within a macro
* syntax highlighting (extendable to many different languages)
* ability to call external programs (such as Java compilers)
* large file support
* support for editing multiple files, with tabbed document selection
* block select mode
* synchronized scrolling of multiple files
Pure and simple it is the best text editor, at least so for me.
The interface is customizable, it has clip libraries so you can have snippets, auto commands etc.
But where it excels is the speedy file/folder search which can be enhanced by using Regular Expressions.
Why a text editor vs an IDE?
Well i believe in something called feature over-creep, where the at some point the application fulfilled all the core needs, but because they wanted to keep making money, they added more and more features, that probably would be best as a seperate application...
Do we really need an application that does everything? Or the best application for each specific need?
I guess it depends on your style, old school vs new school...
I'd rather have a fast and powerful editor, then something that did so many things i really could care less for. And look at how the memory requires of each is quite different...
What are the favorite old school software you still love to use?
Here is a few of my favorite's:
1. Namewiz - Batch file renamer for renaming digital photo files and any other files, according to masks or however you format it.
You can get NameWiz here.
2. Eyedropper - a system tray color grabber http://eyedropper.inetia.com/
3. IrfanView - greatest image viewer ever
4. Freenote - a notes system that i used to create all my notes for every task/project. It stays right in the system tray, ready when you need it. Get it here
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