RText review

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RText is a powerful, cross-platform programmer's text editor written in Java.

License: GPL
OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
File size: 0K
Developer: RText team
Price: $0.00
Updated: 07 Dec 2005
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RText is a powerful, cross-platform programmer's text editor written in Java. It is designed to be easy to use, highly customizable and flexible.

RText currently supports syntax highlighting for the following languages:

• Assembler (X86)
• C
• C++
• C#
• Fortran
• Java
• JavaScript
• Perl
• Properties Files
• UNIX shell scripts
• Windows batch

The goal of RText is to create a complete, fully-featured text editor (designed primarily for programmers, but can be used by anyone) that can run on any platform. Originally designed to be a Windows Notepad clone, RText has grown into much more than that.

RText is actively being developed, with new features constantly being added and old features improved.

Here are some key features of "RText":
Syntax Highlighting is actively being developed. Currently supported languages are Assembler, X86 assembler, C, C++, C#, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, Perl, HTML, SAS, SQL, Windows batch, UNIX shell, and XML (screenshot). RText will support more languages in the not-too-distant future. RText is also capable of bracket matching, highlighting the current line, and displaying a margin line to help you with your programming.
Macro support allows you to perform complex editing tasks quickly and in an automated fashion.
Drag-and-drop files from your desktop directly into RText.
Edit multiple documents simultaneously through a tabbed, list, or traditional MDI interface. No need to open multiple instances of the application to edit multiple documents.
Code Templates allow you to associate short identifiers with longer phrases/code blocks you frequently type to speed up time spent banging at the keys.
Find/Find Next/Replace/Replace Next dialogs make searching for text easy, and include such options as Match Case, Whole Word Only, Use Regular Expressions, and Mark All (screenshot).
Find in Files dialog allows you to search for a given string or regular expression in any group of files or directories on your computer (screenshot).
File encodings are supported. Open and edit files in any encoding supported by your JVM.
Unlimited Undo/Redo actions ensure you will never make a mistake you can't recover from.
Print and Print Preview functionality allow you to create hard copies of your documents with ease (screenshot).
CTags support if you have Exhuberant CTags installed in your machine (regular UNIX ctags won't cut it). With the "Source Browser" you can see a list of functions, variables, etc. in the current source, allowing you to quickly jump to a function definition, insert a method name at the caret position, and other handy stuff.
Auto-Reload. RText will sense if a document you have open in RText is modified by another program, and ask you whether you want to reload the document.
Customizable user interface allow you to have your editor look the way you want it to. Change such features as the Java Look and Feel, the view style, the icon set used in menus and on the toolbar, the font, the background (choose a color or a picture from your computer), the colors used for syntax highlighting, and more.
Help documentation similar to HTML Help found in many Microsoft Windows applications provides you with assistance if you should need it (screenshot).
Cross-platform. Since RText is written in Java, it can be run on any platform supporting version 1.4 or greater of the Java Runtime Environment.

What's New:
RText now takes command line arguments. Files to initially open can be specified on the command line (Bug ID 1349745). The RText.exe starter executable shipped with the Windows version can also take a special "jvmargs" parameter specifying parameters for the JVM. This parameter MUST be wrapped in quotes to be parsed correctly. An example:
RText.exe -jvmargs "-Xmx256M" C:foo.java
A Mac OSX application package is now a download option.
Fixed bug on OSX that made the "OK" button on the Options dialog not work (Bug ID 1357539).
Fixed a bug in the Find in Files dialog when doing regular expression searches (Bug ID 1356899).
Fixed a bug that made many icon groups not work if running on UNIX (Bug ID 1364382).
RText now works as an "external editor" in Total Commander. This was a side effect of making RText accept command line arguments (Bug ID 1270550).
Fixed a bug that made it possible to have some of the UI in one language and some in another (Bug ID 1349750).
Tokens can now be styled with an underline as well as bold and italics.
The UI for plugin tabbed panes has been completely redone to somewhat resemble those in Visual Studio. I'm trying to make the appearance unique, but I want to be sure it looks good in all Look and Feels. Any feedback on the new appearance is welcome.
HTML syntax highlighting was redone to be much more efficient. If you see ANY errors in HTML document rendering, please let me know!
DTD elements are now syntax highlighted in XML files.
Various tweaks for Mac OS X.
When using the tabbed pane view, each tab now has a tooltip containing the full path of its file.
Made increase/decrease indent menu items use more common shortcuts ('tab' and 'shift+tab' respectively).
Made the GUI look a little better when Motif Look and Feel is used.
Fixed a small bug in the Source Browser plugin - it parsed the newly active buffer twice instead of once when a document was closed.
Updated the splash screen/about dialog image.
Added Russian translation (thanks Vladimir!).
Fixed and updated Hungarian translation (Flatron).
Updated Dutch translation (Sebastiaan).
Updated Turkish translation (Burak).

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