While you could edit text files with good old Windows Notepad, or any other free text editor, EditPad Pro is a powerful text editor that makes the job far more comfortable.
With EditPad Pro you can easily open and edit many text files at the same time. There’s no limit. Arrange text 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.
You can make sure you’re writing with proper spelling by using EditPad Pro’s spell checker. Word lists are available in many languages. You can tell EditPad Pro to point out misspelled words in the current file, current project, all open files, or just the selected text. Turn on Live Spelling to make EditPad Pro highlight misspelled words as you type.
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.
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.
EditPad Pro will highlight URLs (web site addresses) and email addresses in your text files. You can easily open the web site by double-clicking the URL in EditPad Pro. Of course, you can always turn this option off.
When writing a report or an article that has certain length requirements, you can use EditPad Pro’s statistics feature to instantly see how many paragraphs, words and letters you’ve typed so far. Get statistics for just the current file, or for all files in a project, or even all files in all projects.
If you need to type in some special characters not available on your keyboard, you can use EditPad Pro’s character map to quickly insert them by double-clicking on them. Easily insert special symbols like the trademark or copyright symbol into your documents, or enter letters from a foreign script that your keyboard does not support. If you save your files as Unicode files, you can use any character known to humanity.
EditPad Pro edits all text files. Open text files saved on Linux, UNIX and Macintosh computers, or even text 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 text 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.
|Editing a plain text file with EditPad Pro. The explorer panel is docked to the left, and the search-and-replace panel to the bottom.|
“As a daily user of EditPad Pro, I find this to be amongst the best pieces of software I use. It is intuitive, and has all the functionality a text editor needs. If only all applications were as stable and reliable as EditPad!”
— Simon Price
28 February 2006, United Kingdom