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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Atom is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • TextPad is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Atom

97%
30 Ratings
8.4

TextPad

84%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Atom

100%
1 Rating

TextPad

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Atom

90%
2 Ratings

TextPad

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

Atom

84%
24 Ratings
8.8

TextPad

88%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Atom

100%
2 Ratings

TextPad

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Open Source

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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Open Source

I like the macro feature for transforming text. For example, taking a CSV file of data and quickly turning it into a set of SQL "insert" statements. Also, useful for this is the find/replace feature using regular expressions such as taking a URL QueryString and breaking all the parameters into separate lines and perhaps sorting them for review.
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Pros

Open Source

  • 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!
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Open Source

  • Quick to load.
  • Very fast searching algorithm for finding and replacing text.
  • Macros are very useful.
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Cons

Open Source

  • 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
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Open Source

  • I would like a "delete non-bookmarked lines" so I can skip the "invert bookmarks" step.
  • The "Compare Text Files" could be streamlined to compare text in 2 tabs without going through the save steps.
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Pricing Details

Atom

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Atom editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    TextPad

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    TextPad editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Open Source

      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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      Open Source

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      Open Source

      I give Atom a 9 because it is one of the most modern text editors built with JavaScript intentionally to allow the editor to be changed and modified with custom functionality that a team may need. I think I would otherwise give atom an 8 due to support, but it gets a 9/10 because of the extensibility/plugin capability.
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      Open Source

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Open Source

      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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      Open Source

      I never had to use support, so I can't answer this. I would hope that it is good though.
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      Implementation Rating

      Open Source

      Just download and install
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      Open Source

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Open Source

      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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      Open Source

      When you want to quickly edit a file, TextPad starts up quickly and has many features over Microsoft Notepad. Visual Studio Code is an alternative in that it is full-featured and will edit text files but is slower at startup. I prefer the macro feature in TextPad due to its simplicity.
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      Return on Investment

      Open Source

      • 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).
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      Open Source

      • Made my job easier, so I would say it had a positive return on investment. Especially for it's overall low cost.
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