When comparing Textadept vs Crimson Editor, the Slant community recommends Textadept for most people. In the question“What are the best simple text editors for Windows?” Textadept is ranked 14th while Crimson Editor is ranked 22nd. The most important reason people chose Textadept is:
Both text and GUI versions behave mostly the same, just the way notepad users would expect it to. Like shift+arrows - select, Ctrl+c - copy, Ctrl+o - open a file.
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Pro Has both GUI and TUI
Both text and GUI versions behave mostly the same, just the way notepad users would expect it to.
Like shift+arrows - select, Ctrl+c - copy, Ctrl+o - open a file.
It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Pro Small and portable
Has very few dependencies, and very small footprint. Can be copied to a new system in a moment, unpacked and be at your service.
Has a built-in lua engine.
Pro Project/Folder/Output pane
It can create a project that will be stored in a prj file, which is a text file that can be edited and used across systems. The folder pane navigation is limited to each disk drive. The output pane can be used to capture compilers or other exe's output, and also shows search output while searching in multiple files. You can just click on any line and it then opens the corresponding file in a new tab and shows you the needed line.
Pro Open last working files on start
Can open with all last worked documents - remembers all file positions.
Pro Free software
Pro Regular expressions support
Find and replace (multifile) allowed with support for regular expressions also.
Pro Macro editing
Repetitive lines or words can be recorded as a macro, kept and recalled when needed, since it is permanently stored (up to 11 macros).
Pro Spell check
Pro Return to last edit
Return to last edit option is very good during coding, where we can lose track of where we were.
Pro Column mode
The column mode editing trick, which we could do in MS Office (with ALT + mouse key), is also available.
Pro Very lightweight
Pro Can make a project and configure hot keys to call system commands to make it an IDE
Pro The text window can be split into two or four parts
Pro Custom syntax along with many known syntax and multi level key highlighting
Pro Supports tabs
Supports any number of tabs
Does not have an IRC channel or some kind of forum where a community of developers/plugin writers could evolve around. Has a mailing list which is said to be active but that does not feel that attractive.
Con Doesn't support dragging and dropping text
Con Further development not happening with the Emerald Community
Con Bookmarks are not permanent
Bookmarks are lost when a file is closed - just like any other editor.