Favourite free tool out there.
Gerald Meachem | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 09, 2019

Favourite free tool out there.

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Notepad++

Software developers are using this application to edit and create code written primarily in OpenEdge ABL. Even though this language is not natively supported by Notepad++, the default syntax highlighting is functional and provides many features which are far beyond a basic text editor.
  • Side by side views.
  • Group operations on all open files. I have found this especially helpful with global search and replace operations and being able to review the results before saving.
  • Auto-saving of temp files and of modifications to existing files. With many text editors, if you open a brand new file that you have never saved, and the application is abruptly closed without the chance to save the file, the text entered is lost. Notepad++ preserves these unsaved changes on both new and existing files.
  • Rich feature list.
  • Any areas where I wished a feature existed, I was able to resolve with plug-ins (xml tools, and a code compare utility).
  • Negligible. There are other free/open source text editors. This is just one of the better ones.
Others in my organization use Sublime and like it. However, it must be purchased. I have not used it enough to have an opinion on which is better. Obviously, I have used Windows Notepad in a pinch, and this is so much better so it's really not even a valid comparison.
I think it works well if you are operating outside of an IDE but would like to use some of the features and tools that an IDE might make available to you. It works well for any sort of ad-hoc editing or viewing of text files. I find the XML plug-in useful.