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Atom is great for developers looking for a completely hackable experience. There is a ton of plugins available to you, and you can really build an editor that matches your own personal taste. The performance is also pretty neat and does not impact your CPU as much as the competition.
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BlueFish is a good basic HTML and text editor that is easy for all to use. If I need someone to grab a friendly editor, then BlueFish is the way to go. If you need an editor to fix a bunch of pages then this editor has a lot of functions that are not found it other editors. Stuff like HTML Tidy or functions that strip extra lines out.
Read full review Pros Atom is highly customizable and allows for various themes and extensions that can make your code easier to read. Atom has many code hinting features that allow users to write faster and integrate with services likeLINT that can clean up your code once your done to meet your internal teams style choices. It's very fast and manages projects well - Accessing other files within a related folder(s) is very easy and intuitive. It's free! Read full review Easily found and downloaded. If I need someone to go to the web and grab it I can tell them the URL. It is easily installed and one can be edited in minutes. BlueFish is easy to use. It can have a non-technical user use it to edit config files or text documents and not have them frustrated. It has a friendly straight forward user interface. BlueFish does a really good job editing HTML documents specifically. Probably one of the best HTML editors left out there. Read full review Cons There should be a better user tips manual page to learn keyboard shortcuts It would also be beneficial if mathematical and data analytic tools were added it has quite high start-up timing when you open large projects to work on it Sometimes, atom closed suddenly and do not open again It still lacks better options with the previews even though there are already some by users adding plugins It doesn't have self-correct features for lint errors, unlike IntelliJ Read full review There are WYSIWYG Open alternatives, some of which work perfectly as an Open version of Dreamweaver, but the only suggestion I would have is that Bluefish add a WYSIWYG tab, e.g. code/visual. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Well Atom is open source so the re-new is a no brainer. The only way I would stop using Atom is if the developers somehow made it not function well. Or, if the project got forked to a commercial version or something. Or, there could be the case that development stops or that it was not updated on this or that platform
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Atom has an active forum and a Slack group where you can ask technical questions. Occasionally, the authors will pop in to answer a few questions here and there, but most of the time, its other helpful users who will assist you. Though they aren't the most knowledgeable, they are at least timely.
As for plugin support, that differs with each plugin, but as I mentioned before, many plugins are no longer maintained.
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As with most GNU GPL products support is top-notch. Documentation is fantastic, all functions are documented. Also, this product has been around for more than a decade so there is lots of stuff on how to do this or that with this tool. The only thing holding you back from support is your own drive to find a solution. RTFM, my friend.
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Just download and install
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They are both pretty good; however, Sublime is free to use but on a trial basis. Atom is free open source. Sublime doesn't have the Github integration or a project file browser. Sublime does have a workspace view option but haven't really used it as much as Atom.
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Compare it to what I'd call its WYSIWYG editor, BlueGriffon. Again, the two are fundamentally different solutions. Use them together. Don't waste your money on Adobe or any other proprietary alternative.
Read full review Return on Investment The tool we use when we need quick fixes. Allows fast, reliable scripting to fix urgent problems in our applications. When applications grow from 5-10 files to 100's, they need to be migrated to a heavier-duty IDE. This can be cumbersome and quite annoying, but is necessary to maintain code integrity on such a large scale (since it cannot be done with the limited default toolset of Atom). Read full review How can you go wrong with a GNU GPL product that works? That's a really low-risk proposition. It is only returns. It is like 0% investment to 5,000% return. The only negative you will have with this product are those Cretans that despise OSS and the willfully ignorant. Read full review ScreenShots