PSPadI can’t believe that I’m actually saying this, but I may have stumbled across a text editor that is better than Notepad++! In yesterday’s Daily Downloads I included a free program called PSPad, which sounded like a nice text and code editor. The reason that I had come across it is that they recently released a new Beta version of the software, and so I decided to try it out.

It had the features that I was already familiar with in Notepad++, such as syntax highlighting, but it also had some more unique things. One of the things I quickly fell in love with was the built-in FTP connection manager which would let me browse a remote FTP, open files, edit them, and then save the changes. All of that is done from within PSPad, and I found that to be tremendously useful.

Another thing that I liked was the more advances syntax highlighting that it includes. For example, when you’re in an HTML file and you place your cursor in the middle of a tag, the matching open/close tag is highlighted. I do quite a bit HTML development, and I have quickly become accustomed to this new feature.

Here’s a list of other things that PSPad has to offer:

  • Manage projects
  • FTP client – edit files directly from the web (stores login information, too)
  • Text difference with color-coded differences highlighted
  • Syntax highlighting according to file type
  • Auto correction
  • Intelligent internal HTML preview using IE and Mozilla
  • integrated TiDy library for formatting and checking HTML code, conversion to CSS, XML, XHTML
  • Reformat and compress HTML code, tag character case change
  • ASCII chart with HTML entities
  • Code explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in development
  • Spell checker
  • Matching bracket highlighting

There are also some PSPad extensions available to add more features, syntax highlighting for obscure languages, and many other things. Even if you are content with Notepad++ or another text editor I think you should give this a whirl…remember, it doesn’t cost a dime!

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