When comparing Ultimate++ vs CodeLite, the Slant community recommends CodeLite for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C++ on Windows?” CodeLite is ranked 3rd while Ultimate++ is ranked 18th. The most important reason people chose CodeLite is:
CodeLite is [actively developed](http://downloads.codelite.org/) with activity almost daily on [Github](https://github.com/eranif/codelite/pulse).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Visual designer
Pro Easy to learn
The whole framework is easy to learn thanks to multiple tutorials.
Pro Simple to use
The whole framework is easy to use.
Pro Documentation and help tool
Pro Helpful community
Pro Code analyzer
Pro Cross platform
Works on Windows, OS-X and Linux.
Pro Easy to find installed compilers
The search for the installed compilers is quick, and it usually yields useful results on the very first atempt.
Pro Open source and free
CodeLite is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Modest memory footprint
CodeLite takes up about 50MB when loaded into memory with a workspace opened.
Pro A lot of useful plugins
CppCheck, DiffTool, Git, MemCheck (Valgrind support, Linux-only), SVN, and many other plugins extend the IDE functionality greatly!
Pro File Explorer-like workspace view
The workspace view, unlike other IDEs, is a reflection of the actual directory structure on the file system (with user filters applied).
Con Strictly C++
Con This is an application development framework not simply a GUI toolkit / library API
It is designed for you to develop your whole application using it, not just your GUI. Most people probably are not really looking for that.
Con Bland UI
The UI is fairly boring and has limited customization options.
There is a dark theme available, however it only applies to the editor. The surrounding windows and borders remain light.
You can see a collection of screenshots here.