Notepad++ vs. UltraEdit

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Notepad++
Score 9.1 out of 10
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Notepad++ is a popular free and open source text editor available under the GPL license, featuring syntax highlighting and folding, auto-complete, multi-document management, and ac customizable GUI.N/A
UltraEdit
Score 9.6 out of 10
N/A
UltraEdit is a text editor from IDM Computer Solutions headquartered in Hamilton.N/A
Pricing
Notepad++UltraEdit
Editions & Modules
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Notepad++UltraEdit
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Notepad++UltraEdit
Considered Both Products
Notepad++
Chose Notepad++
I prefer Notepad++ to both UltraEdit and VSCode. The fact that it is freely available gives it a leg up on UltraEdit, and the feature set is at least comparable and in some ways better. VSCode is more useful if you are using your text editor to code and want to tie into …
Chose Notepad++
UltraEdit was offered as a licensed product by my organization, however, because there was a cost to it, I had to obtain manager's approval for the yearly license required to keep it working. This was a hassle for something as simple as an editor. It was a convenient need to …
UltraEdit
Chose UltraEdit
When compared to most file editing programs UltraEdit usually comes out on top for being extremely flexible and feature-rich. We depend on it every day and although we have several other editors available to us we seem to always go back to this time and time again. Very …
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Notepad++UltraEdit
Small Businesses
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BBEdit
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
Notepad++UltraEdit
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(60 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(16 ratings)
9.9
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Notepad++UltraEdit
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
well suited for 1) Coding and Development - Writing and editing code, Quick prototyping and testing of code snippets, Debugging and inspecting code using syntax highlighting and line numbering, 2) web development - Creating and editing HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other web-related files .Managing and organizing web projects with multiple files and directories. Not suited for - 1) processing huge files 2) graphic designing 3) complex gui designs 3) Data Analysis and Manipulation - Editing and cleaning up text-based data files before importing them into analytical tools. Applying regular expressions to extract, transform, and manipulate data. 4) System Administration and IT - change system configuration file
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IDM Computer Solutions
UltraEdit is well suited for editing very large files. The macro editor is very powerful and easy to use. If one needs a quick-to-open text file editor, you will find UltraEdit much too slow to load. Compared to some free editors on the market, the basic individual user license is quite expensive.
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Pros
Open Source
  • Notepad++ allows us to keep open files in tabs. Like in a web browser, these tabs let us access these files quickly and easily. Furthermore, even if we forget to save the files when closing the program or shutting down the PC, Notepad++ retains them in the open tabs when we reopen it.
  • Notepad++ supports many different file types. We usually save our files created in Notepad as normal text files, but sometimes as JSON, PHP, and HTML files.
  • Notepad++ is lightweight and requires little resources. Using it is snappy and responsive.
  • The developer of Notepad++ frequently updates the software with bug fixes, performance improvements and new features.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • Search and replace in files that are not open
  • Cut and paste columns - I don't know any other program that can do this!
  • Is a super fast and powerful text editor.
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Cons
Open Source
  • UI looks a bit dated.
  • Sometimes the number of options are overwhelming and require a quick search to figure out where to locate a particular function.
  • Some way to do a diff between files would be great. Still need to resort to another paid app for that - unless it is a buried function I don't know about or there's a plugin for it.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • The color coding capacity is rudimentary and keyword based only. A good color coding mechanism should allow context.
  • With the latest versions, the top menu has a lot of big icons and has a user-friendly kind of look which impacts the actual text window. Most users don't fancy pretty icons and like efficiency over pretty buttons.
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Likelihood to Renew
Open Source
I use it every day for 13 years already and it never disappointed me
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IDM Computer Solutions
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Usability
Open Source
Many of the features are not out of the box. We have install them separately
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IDM Computer Solutions
As a program UltraEdit comes ready to use out of the box and requires very little setup for it to be extremely useful. It's flexibility among a wide array of tasks and files makes it a go-to for all our troubleshooting and data viewing needs. Timely updates and great support.
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Support Rating
Open Source
I haven't needed to utilize any support related to Notepad++. I guess this is a good thing because I found it to be quite intuitive. There are almost infinite features you can tweak and plugins you can download but I haven't had to do that because Notepad++ is really good right out of the box.
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IDM Computer Solutions
Have never needed support, not once. So giving them a 10 for the fact that their product is so good that we've never needed it.
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Notepad for Windows, Microsoft Word...LibreOffice Writer....I have used all of these for code writing and editing. Once again I like the universal feel of Notepad++. Basic Notepad, is just that, basic...and kind of clunky for what it is. This is a cool that I have installed on all my computers and also keep it on a thumb drive if I need it elsewhere.
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IDM Computer Solutions
I have evaluated Notepad++ as an alternative to UltraEdit. In some cases, such as loading time, Notepad++ is a superior product. However, in terms of editing existing macros, and editing very large text files UltraEdit is a much better product.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • Productivity has increased for developers.
  • It's free so instead of buying a piece of software, you can use this to replace many of them that may only specialize in one thing.
  • It gives our developers confidence knowing they have such a reliable, free tool at their disposal.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • Its ease of use and functionality make it fast and reliable which saves my designers time.
  • Its simplicity makes it fast and easy to train new users.
  • UE's guidance features make it a great tool with a good ROI.
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