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 Text Editors

Text Editors may seem like a small thing if your just using them to write a few small batch files and view INI files. But on the Enterprise networking level, Notepad falls short. We've collected a few of our favorite replacements, with a variety of strengths and weakness - depending on your needs. Whether you're editing +50 batch logon scripts at once, creating HTML files, or writing Perl and VB scripts you'll appreciate the extra features these replacements can provide.

Our top picks:
eNotepad Size: 1.88Mb Shareware: $19.95
Designed knowing that your time is valuable, eNotepad eliminates the hassles of using a generic text editor. A familiar Windows interface combined with enriched functionality allows you to effortlessly complete any text editing task at hand. After using eNotepad one time, you'll quickly realize that you can't live without it.
GWD Text Editor Size: 2.9Mb Shareware: $29.00
A full featured and highly configurable Notepad replacement. Ideal for programmers, it supports QEDIT emulation, compiler output font controls, the ANSI C-compatible macro language, the ScriptWizard feature, code completion, and Visual SourceSafe integration. It also features multilevel undo/redo, plug-in support, and built-in image viewing and can edit multiple files of unlimited size, record and edit macros, count words, and more.
MetaPad 2.0 Size: 32K Freeware
A small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x and Windows NT with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad's features and much much more. Rated 5 stars by ZDNet
NoteTab Pro Size: 1.2Mb Shareware: $19.95
NoteTab Pro is a leading-edge text editor and HTML coding tool, and an ideal Notepad replacement. Winner of top shareware industry awards in 1998 and 1999, this elegant application does it all: you can handle multiple large files with a simple tabbed interface, use a spell-checker and thesaurus, format text, use multiple undo, and bookmark documents. You can build templates, use powerful system-wide searches, and do global multi-line replacements. Its Clipbook feature lets you create and organize clips, which can range from text macros to complete mini-applications, using a simple scripting language with enough features to satisfy any power user; a bunch of handy clip libraries is included.
SynEdit Size: 3.28Mb Freeware
SynEdit is a Freeware 32-bit text editor for Windows 95/98/NT4. It offers many powerful features for web page authors and programmers, and supports a good subset of the features found in shareware and commercial programs. SynEdit provides you with drag and drop file access, opens files of nearly unlimited size, and you can have over 255 files open at once in a tabbed workspace. It also features a highly functional built-in hex editor for editing binary files word-processor style. Additionally, SynEdit provides support for project/workspace saving and restoration, as well as supporting any command-line compiler or viewer that can be operated from the command-line. Other features include cliptext libraries for commonly used keywords and phrases, a floating HTML taglist, keyword autocompletion and a convenient file browser for quickly navigating the directory tree to open files.
TextPad   Size: Shareware: $25.00
Winner of the 1997 Ziff-Davis Shareware awards. (Which is a real feat if you consider how may text editors are available!)  I use this product at least a dozen times a day. Use text pad to edit PERL, HTML, Batch Files, login scripts, whatever. Search and replace in several files at once, compare differences between files, etc., The demo is fully functional nag-ware. Use it and you'll be hooked! Be sure to check out the free ad-ons available for TextPad from the web page.
UltraEdit 32 Size: 1233K Shareware; $30.00
UltraEdit is an excellent replacement for NOTEPAD and a lot more, with support for unlimited file sizes, 100,000 word spelling checker, full HEX editing capabilities, configurable syntax highlighting for programmers, column editing. UltraEdit has all the features you will need. UltraEdit handles multiple files at once, even if they are multi-megabyte files. It is Disk based and only requires a small amount of memory, even for very large files. UltraEdit-32 is designed for Windows NT and Windows 95, and UltraEdit is designed for for Windows 3.1. One fee allows use of both products.
Other Software Sites:

If you are looking for additional sources of Utilities, try these sites:

Beverly Hills Software
This sites been around a long time, and they do a great job. Software is rated, and easy to find, but some days the site seems a little slow.  
Great site, although a bit tough to navigate. Literally hundreds of programs are available.


SunBelt Software
Sunbelt Software is the world's first and largest provider of 'Best of Breed' NT Utilities. You get mainframe quality tech support, and the best tools all from one source. They also have a few great mailing lists, an online Tech "University", and a tech Glossary.

Well organized, and fast. Gotta love a page that gives a "Five Cow" rating for software. However, you may have to wade through a ton of end user software before you get to applications that you may actually find useful. NT Shareware
One of our favorite sites. All of software is well organized, lists license status, price, size, download time, etc., and the site is searchable.

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