March 20, 2009

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E-TextEditor - The power of TextMate on Windows

Article written by Jeeremie

In my search for a new text editor, Prezrok, a Twitter user, recommended me to have a look at E-TextEditor. After I watched their Screencast on their home page, my first impression was “Wow! That s it”. That s the text editor I have been looking for so long for Windows.

E-TextEditor - Text Editor - The power of TextMate on Windows

I have tried all the text and WYSIWYG editors you can think of for Windows: Dreamweaver, PSPad, Blueflish, NVU, Webuilder, Notepad++, Amaya, Aptana… but none really met my expectations of what a text editor should be. Don t get me wrong. Some of them are really good editors… just not what I was looking for.

“E is a new text editor for Windows, with powerful editing features and quite a few unique abilities. It makes manipulating text fast and easy, and lets you focus on your writing by automating all the manual work. You can extend it in any language, and by supporting TextMate bundles, it allows you to tap into a huge and active community”

I tried it for a full day and bought a license the next morning. For only $34.95, it is worth the expense.


e-texteditor - Change the theme

If you know this text editor, share your thoughts in the comments or let us know what software you use for your day-to-day developement work.

Link: E-TextEditor website »

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Article written by Jeeremie:

Hi, My Name is Jeremie Tisseau. I am a French UI/UX Designer, Event Organizer and Web Entrepreneur based in Bangkok, Thailand, since January 2009. I design beautiful and functional web and mobile apps for early stage startups.


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  1. Dustin says:

    21 Mar, 2009

    I m a big fan of Notepad++ as it meets my needs, but i m always interested in trying new things.

  2. Nick says:

    23 Mar, 2009

    Vim beats every text editor hands down.

    Vim is available for PC, OS X and linux so if you are ever on a different environment it s the same consistent experience.

    Once you learn the commands it is hard to go back to anything else.

    • Jeremie Tisseau says:

      23 Mar, 2009

      Some people say so but I am definitely not a Linux guy. I still like to click on a button to do something instead of writing a few command lines.

  3. iongion says:

    24 Mar, 2009

    Soon you will curse the day you bought e, it is an extremely promising editor, but its startup speed, will start with time, to decrease, the more you use it, the slower it starts up, then you will not have multiple projects support, not even multiple e instances…, then you will get back to eclipse(or visual studio) and notepad++ combination for light text editor.

    it is faaaar from textmate.

  4. Jeremie Tisseau says:

    24 Mar, 2009

    hmmm… don t seems too promising what you are telling me. We can hope they will keep improving it.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  5. Fran ois says:

    26 Mar, 2009

    It seems very interesting but for now, i prefere use Aptana wich is my favorite even if he s not very light :/
    Thanks for the news, i ll try it :)

    • Jeremie Tisseau says:

      26 Mar, 2009

      Aptana is a very nice IDE but they miss a simple function such as Word Wrap. That s the only reason why I don t use their editor. It is very uncomfortable to scroll horizontally to check a long line. I will switch to Aptana the day they fix that.

  6. Danny says:

    26 Mar, 2009

    I must say i have always been a big fan of Dreamweaver but it is a very very resource hungry program, and running Photoshop and Dreamweaver at the same time is a hard thing to do… so i am always on the look out for new things to try especially if they have a trial first :)

  7. Sean says:

    3 Apr, 2009

    I ve had the slow down with E that iongion noticed above… if not for that I would absolutely LOVE it. I m not far off from buying a Mac just so I can have Textmate! hah!

    Anyway, another one to keep an eye on is InType ( They seem to only have a couple guys working on it, so releases are few and far between. They have slowly been working on a new release that, so far, looks very promising. If they can ever get to a 1.0 release I d definitely spend the money on it.

    Good luck with E! If you have any thoughts on it in a couple weeks, good or bad, I wouldn t mind seeing a follow-up review… thanks!

    • Jeremie Tisseau says:

      3 Apr, 2009

      E-texteditor starts to slow down as Iongion predicted and it has a very annoying syntax highlighting bug but apart from that it is still a promising text editor.

      I tried Intype. Interesting! It looks very much like E but with less options. I will keep an eye on it.

  8. iongion says:

    3 Apr, 2009

    i said that because it is the truth, if one feels different let it come with arguments.

    don t get me wrong, i am not bashing the software, i bought it and i am still using it from time to time. i know there is a single person behind it and that it is understandable that the progress is slow, but so it happens for textmate from my understandings.

    Sean, it seems you are not the only one considering buying a mac just for the sake of textmate :), but this makes it the most expensive text editor in history :P

  9. Imre says:

    5 Apr, 2009


    And the rival:

  10. mr. V says:

    13 Apr, 2009

    As I used to work on textmate during a mac experience, I was very interesting in E. But as it seems becoming a hungry program with time, I ll keep using my PSPAD waiting for improvements of E.

    I m a big fan of PSPAD. All is there for me :
    - word wrap
    - autocompletion for many languages
    - drag and drop of file straight in code generating clean and tight code
    - tag and function auto-close and closure highlighter (wich is very practicle)
    - Code browser
    - A realy good search tool through file, document, project etc.

    The only few things I miss there.
    - Display of files dependency as we find on dreamweaver
    - the save ftp does nt save in the exact folder you have to stipulate the folder first to establish the scope whereas you already defines a ftp root for your project.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Jeremie Tisseau says:

      14 Apr, 2009

      I have tried PSPAD a few times but it could never convince me to use it. Maybe it is just not the right editor for me.

  11. Jhenee says:

    13 Jun, 2009

    i will try this one.,, currently im using jEDIT

  12. Kanedogg says:

    23 Jun, 2009

    I agree with everyone in one way or another, everyones needs differ and so will their IDE/Editor. Depending on my project at hand i use a variety of editors/IDE s ranging from Developers Notepad, Aptana Studio, WeBuilder, Komodo Edit, Visual WebDev 2008.

    Usually that covers all my environments from simple text editing to larger projects. All in all i haven t tried this editor but will have a shot at it now, maybe it will find its way to my toolkit and one of the above get dropped.
    Like your articles, keep up the great work !


  13. Dave says:

    27 Jun, 2009

    You should have used ConTEXT it`s simlair to this.

  14. zanago says:

    6 Jul, 2009

    grat post,I will try it later,thanks!

  15. GMastaMath says:

    7 Apr, 2010

    Ultra-Edit anyone?

  16. Bruce says:

    19 May, 2010

    Ultra-Edit anyone?

  17. eshanne says:

    9 Jul, 2010

    I can t lived without Notepad++ its helps me a lot, not that i dont want to use another editor, it seems like i ve been tied up with Notepad++, it sure fit my needs a lot.. :)

    I don t think i wanna change the editor, it takes me long time to learn something new..


  18. Mr-H says:

    20 Jun, 2011

    what about netbeans, it s my perfect ide.
    and I do never change

  19. Rish says:

    26 Jun, 2011

    I currently use Notepad++ for editing code and Dreamweaver (CS4) for designing layouts :)

  20. Zeth says:

    20 Jul, 2011

    Hmm… Editors and templates. I must admit - I m no fan.

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