Notepad is a great editor in windows platform, simple and right just what you need. No frills, no heavy functions to affect your PC or its performance. System performance is a critical factor for programmers.
Say you are using Visio, Eclipse and SQL developer. Now you fire up MS Word or MS PPT and guess what, the system hangs or crashes ! Well not only you can potentially loose data but the peace of mind as well :).Same applies for Notepad ++ and Edit Plus, I personally feel Notepad ++ is heavy for an editing software,its rather more suitable to be a log viewer!!!
Edit Plus does a decent job for my needs, but not available for a Mac.
In Windows and Mac platform both, we have the great MS office products for text editing needs Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint, Word. It’s not always that you would need so many features. As mentioned earlier, if for a simple text edit task you use MS Office it also has an impact on your runtime system performance. These are heavy feature rich products.
What you would need is a quick edit functionality to work on your many needs, just with a very minimum set of functions.
Over the years, I have had to use multiple text editors on both Windows and Mac, each coming in its own flavor and taste. Some of these were heavy for a text editor software, some light, simple and useful. I have always preferred the lighter products for basic needs.
Here is an effort to enlist the various text editors not necessarily in the order of merit. But I believe these products are fast, light and probably that is the most important function of a text editor from a programmers view point.
List of Editors for Mac OS
It has extension and plugin points for linting and more functionalities from third party softwares. Also if you decide to go back to MS/Linux platform, you can still use Sublime Text, as it’s a Cross-Platform product.
Distraction Free Mode is provided as a selection option, which spins the software to a state where only the code or text is the center of your attention, I personally love this when I am doing some serious code analysis of my software code. Range of programming language support that helps you to read and write code with syntax highlighting support.
This is programmer friendly. In software projects you have to deal with multiple languages, scripts, file formats and Textmate comes with inbuilt support for all these. Its plain, simple and also has feature for code completion. You can for instance write a java class and compile and run all inside this plain editor. Lots of shortcut only makes your routine task quite simple.
Please note that its not for free but won’t cost you more than a few bucks and it’s all worth for the small premium you end up paying.
Simplicity redefined, every Mac comes with TextEdit, the smart cousin of NotePad. It matches Notepad in simplicity but does provide a few advanced options like exporting to pdf functionality, multi font support etc. NotePad shipped by Microsoft is not rich with these functionalities.
Overall a very user friendly product which is frugal and light on system memory usage.
The most powerful text editor ever created, known for its rich history and heritage. Its highly portable, available not only for Mac OS X but also for other Operating Systems. The user has a power to customize this editor and extend it as they want.
On the flipper side it needs the user to be a bit tech savvy to use it. I would personally recommend this editor to anyone who has a great taste for trying and learning a product.
Do let me know if you find any other great editor in Mac that matches the above listed products. Do subscribe to our newsletter for interesting topics you won’t like to miss.