I’m always on the look out for awesome text and code editors, but the percentage that turn out to be good versus the number I actually test is fairly low. RJ TextEd ranks pretty high in that list though. It’s free, portable, and has a very extensive list of features. In fact it has so many features that at first glance it may seem overwhelming.
What are my favorite features? That would definitely be the FTP/SFTP integration and the code folding. Being able to upload files to a remote FTP location without needing a second app is awesome, and a feature that most text editors don’t include. The code folding lets you expand and collapse blocks of code, which I find to be amazingly handy when working with a page filled with thousands of lines of code. Keep in mind that these are just two of the dozens of nice features included with RJ TextEd.
Here’s a rundown of some others worth highlighting:
- Auto completion.
- Column mode.
- Multi edit and multi select Advanced sorting.
- Handles both ASCII and binary files.
- Html wizards.
- FTP and SFTP client with synchronization.
- File explorer, text clips, code explorer, project manager…
- Convert between code pages, Unicode formats and text formats.
- Unicode and ANSI code page detection.
- Open/Save UTF-8 encoded files without a signature (BOM).
- Unicode file paths and file names. Html validation, format and repair.
- Tools available like syntax editor, color picker, charmap…
- Spell checking.
- Advanced regular expression searching.
Since RJ TextEd is both free and portable you don’t have much to lose by trying it out. If you do give it a whirl let us know what you think about it in the comments.
RJ TextEd Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)