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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder TotalEdit

First, let's clear out the basics. TotalEdit is a tabbed editor that supports all of the usual functions: Search, replace, syntax highlighting, and so on. Likewise, let me note that this is a text editor, not a word processor; it is not intended for writing memos, documentation, or the great American novel.

So, what does it do that's beyond the baseline? Well, for starters, it supports syntax highlighting for a wide range of languages: PERL, C++, Java, PHP, Pascal, and many more. The syntax highlighting is also easy to edit--I like keywords in bold green and comments in purple italics, and it took me only a few seconds to set that up.

Another nice feature, perhaps a simple one but one I haven't seen on other products, is a quick compare of the actively edited file to the saved version. There are quite a few file comparison functions in TotalEdit, and since "diff" programs are often their own category, having this built in is a nice timesaver.

Further adding to TotalEdit's utility to programmers, it can analyze your code to provide a function list, which you can then use to quickly navigate. This is something I am used to seeing in IDEs, not in text editors, and is a nice touch. Last, a "Close All But Active Document" menu item is a great time saver.

While nothing in TotalEdit is truly revolutionary, it is a powerful text editor and it is free. If you are not totally committed to an existing editor, TotalEdit is worth checking out.

--Ian Harac

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder TotalEdit

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