EditPad Pro Is a Great Text Editor for Eiffel Programmers

EditPad Pro is a powerful and versatile text editor with built-in support for many programming languages, including Eiffel.

With EditPad Pro you can easily open and edit many Eiffel files at the same time. There's no limit. Arrange source and header 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 Eiffel code snippets at your fingertips, ready to be inserted into your Eiffel source code. Such a snippet can be a Eiffel statement, a block of Eiffel 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 Eiffel applications within EditPad Pro by adding the Eiffel 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 message pane can use 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.


Editing a Eiffel source code file with EditPad Pro. The File Panel showing a list of open files is docked to the left.
"The way you are developing EditPad Pro is how I would if I had ever taken on or been in charge of developing an editor. Or at least it is the closest to my ideal editor of any editor on the market. I have been programming for almost 40 years (began in January, 1967 for the University of Texas system). I have worked with many, many editors and related tools. You have the best idea, design philosophy, of any tool out there.

"I look forward to your future versions."
— Terry Constant
  30 January 2006, Texas, 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 to Develop in Eiffel