EditPad Pro Is a Great Text Editor for Java Programmers

EditPad Pro is a powerful and versatile text editor with built-in support for many programming languages, including Java and derived languages such as J#.

EditPad Pro’s syntax highlighting is fully configurable. You can change the colors to mimic the CodeGear or Visual Studio IDE, or choose your own colors. The Java syntax coloring scheme and other provided syntax coloring schemes are fully editable.

EditPad Pro’s File Navigator can show you a detailed class tree of the Java source file you’re editing. The File Navigator makes it easy to find relevant sections of code. The Java file navigation scheme and other provided file navigation schemes are fully editable. The scheme not only builds the class tree. It also makes classes, methods and other blocks foldable with a single click. By folding blocks you can hide lines to get a better overview of the file’s structure, making it easier to rearrange blocks of code or navigate between them.

With EditPad Pro you can easily open and edit many Java files at the same time. There’s no limit. Arrange Java files into multiple projects to open them at once and edit them together. Open all files in a folder (and its subfolders) into a project. Many of EditPad Pro’s editing commands can work on all files in a given project at once. Quickly switch between files and projects by clicking on their tabs. Move back and forth with the handy “previous editing position” and “previously edited file” commands. Manage long lists of text files and large projects with the handy file manager sidebar which can rename, move, copy and delete files.

EditPad Pro’s Clip Collection makes it easy to keep a list of Java code snippets at your fingertips, ready to be inserted into your Java source code. Such a snippet can be a Java statement, a block of Java code, or anything you want. Clips can consist of “before” and “after” parts to be inserted around a selection, which is very convenient for inserting block statements around a selected block.

EditPad Pro sports one of the most extensive search-and-replace features of any text editor. Quickly find the part of the file you want to edit. Highlight matches, fold lines, and skip over matches and files. Instantly make many replacements throughout a (rectangular) selection, file, project, or all files in all projects. Use regular expressions and adaptive case options for powerful and dynamic search terms and replacements. Clever use of EditPad Pro’s search-and-replace can automate much tedious editing.

Record and play back keystroke macros to reduce repetitive tasks to a single key combination. Record a search as part of a macro to instantly edit all search matches in any particular way. Save any number of macros to build your own library of high-octane text editing wizards. Any menu item or keystroke can be recorded.

Don’t worry about saving files with EditPad Pro extensive auto-save and backup options. Choose how many backup copies you want to keep and/or for how long. The File History shows you the backup copies for the current file. You can easily open and compare backups, as well as save specific milestone copies. EditPad Pro’s unlimited undo and redo even allows you to undo changes after saving them.

Compare any two files to get a view of the differences between two files, or check which changes were made between two (backup) copies of the same file. EditPad Pro can highlight difference, merge the two files, and extract the differences or similarities into new files. Very convenient for rolling back inappropriate changes you made to a file, or for double-checking the changes somebody else made to a file you sent them. You can easily send files via email right within EditPad Pro.

Compile and run your Java applications within EditPad Pro by adding the Java command line compiler to the Tools menu. EditPad Pro has extensive options for running external applications and scripts, sending files to them and capturing their output an error messages into separate tabs or a special message pane. The Java compiler tool example captures the compiler’s output into EditPad’s message pane. The message pane uses a custom syntax coloring scheme to highlight file name and line number references in the compiler’s output. Double-click a link to open the file in EditPad Pro at the designated line.

Use rectangular selections to easily edit columns of text. Any editing command that works on a usual linear selection also works on a rectangular selection. Shift and insert columns left and right, move blocks up and down, fill and indent blocks, etc. Handy commands to begin, end, shrink and expand selections make it easy to work with blocks spanning many pages.

Easily edit all kinds of lists with handy commands to sort lines alphabetically and delete duplicate lines. Use these commands with rectangular selections to sort and trim lists of multiple columns on one of the columns.

Quickly comment or uncomment code with the Comment, Uncomment and Toggle Comment commands. They even work with rectangular selections, allowing you to insert or remove comment characters at specific columns.

EditPad Pro edits all Java source code files, regardless of the platform they were saved on or which platform’s conventions for text files they use. Open Java code saved on Linux, UNIX and Macintosh computers, or even text or data files from old DOS PCs or IBM mainframes. EditPad Pro preserves the file’s compatibility with those systems, unless you explicitly convert it. You’ll never have to worry about being unable to open a text file, and you’ll always be able to save your files in a format that people with less flexible text editors can read. EditPad Pro handles DOS/Windows, UNIX/Linux and Macintosh line breaks. Open and save Java source files encoded in Unicode (UTF-8, UTF-16 and UTF-32), any Windows code page, any ISO-8859 code page, and a variety of DOS, KOI8 and EBCDIC code pages. Convert files between any of these encodings.

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“I love EditPad Pro and use it, rather than Eclipse or NetBeans, as my Java development editor.”
— Curt Harvey
  13 September 2017, Virginia, USA
“I must say, I’m blown away. EditPad Pro is, all at once, the most simple application to use, as well as one of the most powerful. I consistently find myself using it for everything I do, from drafting my agenda for the day’s work, to brainstorming project ideas, to coding all of my Ruby, Java, and XHTML/XML projects.

“I’m also extremely happy to find the addition of a project management tool built in to the application. And I can’t believe more applications of similar nature still don’t have a launch in browser button. So simple, yet such a huge time saver, and it leaves me from having to deal with the temporary files that Dreamweaver creates.”
— Kyle Cooney
  23 June 2005, Washington DC, USA
“I have been using EditPad Pro for a long time, and find it to be the best text editor out there, especially for programming. Even editors specific to the language I am programming in don’t compare to the quality and ease of use of EditPad Pro. Keep up the good work.”
— Justin Michael Evans
  17 September 2004, New Jersey, USA

You Need EditPad Pro for Coding in Java