I’ve been using the Windows text editor NoteTab Light for years and I’ve always been impressed by its feature set. It’s one of the few programs that when I start to think, “I wonder if it does X?” it usually has the feature I’m looking for. However, there are a few features missing from the free version that I’ve been wanting more and more lately, namely: line numbering, search and replace in files, and multi-level undo. You can get those features in the shareware versions, but I prefer to stick with freeware when I can.
On that note, I ran across an article on DonationCoder.com recently comparing various freeware and shareware text editors. I happened to be on the lookout for a tool capable of doing multi-file search and replace and the review highlighted that feature of PSPad. I gave it a try and it is one of the best tools I’ve seen for text replacement in multiple files (and I’ve looked at quite a few). And that’s just one of its many features.
PSPad also does what I was looking for in the shareware versions of NoteTab: multi-level undo and line numbering. Plus, it has many of the features of NoteTab Light that I’ve come to expect in a text editor: sorting, word count, tabbed interface, extensive documentation, and regular expression support.