When comparing SnippetsLab vs 3Cols, the Slant community recommends SnippetsLab for most people. In the question“What is the best code-snippets manager?” SnippetsLab is ranked 2nd while 3Cols is ranked 10th.
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Pro Supports Markdown
Pro Sync snippets through Dropbox
Sync through iCloud.
Pro Alfred Integration
Makes for extremely fast pasting of code snippets and SQL queries.
Pro Simple and good UI
Nothing extra fancy, does what it needs to do
Pro Great Language Support
Supports almost every language that you can think of.
Pro Option to add your own Markdown stylesheet.
Pro Compact UI
Nice UI options that let you hide certain things, go compact, hide notes and tags etc.
Pro Cloud based
Can be accessed anywhere on any device and installed via PWA.
Pro 100% Free
Funded instead from a Patreon.
Pro Easy to use
Create your own custom software with 3Cols API and Nuget package.
Pro Easy to share snippets
You can either share with an account or an organisation, or if someone doesn't have an account yet, you can even just send them a link.
Pro Fantastic editor
The editor is quick and easy to use.
Pro Public snippet repository
While not always useful, it is interesting to look through the repository of snippets people have made public.
Pro Lots of different languages supported
There is syntax highlight support for over 25 different languages.
Pro Export function
You can export all of your snippets in a .zip from the site.
Con Lacking support for other platforms
Con No support for placeholders in snippets
Con You cannot create Tag Groups
Tag Groups enhance usability once a lot of tags have been collected
Con Closed source
Con No gist batch support
Con Bad gist import
Gist import data isn't adaptable. So the imported snippets could get named very ugly.
Con Can not sync Snippets across different machines
You can do this now.
Con Doesn't integrate with IDE
Con No desktop version
Con Super slow sometimes
You may not be able to login when you need to access your snippets.