Free text editor syntax

A lot of programmers I know prefer to use a simple text editor when programming rather than a full-featured development suite. If you’re one of those people I highly recommend that you try the very polished Intype text editor. It is easily one of the best programmer-focused text editors I have ever used, but you may be disappointed to hear that it is only free until version 1.0 is released. I’m not sure what kind of price tag we should expect from them, but the app has definitely made me more productive.

Intype supports a bunch of things that you’d expect like syntax highlighting, project management, and it has a very strong focus on performance. The thing I found to be really awesome, however, was the built-in text bundles that are accompanied by an editor. As you can see in the screenshot above Intype ships with common commands that are related to the language you’re programming in. You can activate a bundle by typing the keyword and pressing the Tab key, which will then expand out the keyword so that the corresponding text snippet appears. You can customize all of the bundles that are included, and you can even make your own.

If you want to be able to continue using Intype for free you’ll need to dig up an old version that doesn’t come with an expiration, which from what I can tell was just added to version 0.9.3. That means you’ll need to find 0.9.2 or earlier. In the end I’m hoping that they will work out some kind of plan to offer a free version alongside a commercial version, but we won’t have more details on that until version 1.0 ships.

Intype Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)