When comparing PSPad vs Howl, the Slant community recommends PSPad for most people. In the question“What are the best programming text editors?” PSPad is ranked 21st while Howl is ranked 22nd.
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Pro Integrated FTP client
Pro Simple and small
PSPad is simple, small, and lightweight. It's also quite fast.
PSPad is completely free to download and use.
Pro Code highlighting for many languages
PSPad supports code highlighting for several languages.
Pro Accented words
In PSPad, the user can add accents to words.
Pro Integrated HEX editor
Pro Easy to use
Howl is very intuitive and easy to use.
Pro Fast startup
It's extremely lightweight, making it start up pretty quickly.
Pro Keyboard driven
You don't need the mouse to use Howl. Everything can be accomplished with commands and shortcuts.
Pro Language tooling
Has built-in functionality for completion, inline documentation and linting so IDE-like features can be added easily.
Pro Open source
Howl is an open source project and is actively developed on GitHub(howl-editor/howl). It has a MIT license.
Pro Command line palette
Search for your commands in an easy way and see in the list which key-strokes are mapped to which commands
Pro UI Focused on editting
Non distracted icons, toolbars, pannels, extra spacing, etc.
Pro Easy to extend
Plugins (bundles) can be written in Lua or MoonScript.
Pro Works on OpenBSD
Con Windows only
It's only available for Windows.
Con No code folding
Does not support code folding.
Con No content assist
Con Lack of Lua examples
Although Howl can be extended in both Lua and MoonScript, almost all bundles are written in MoonScript. This means that it is a bit harder to find examples if you'd rather write your bundle in Lua. MoonScript can be compiled to Lua but the code won't be as clean and understandable as if it would've been written in Lua by hand.