When comparing Geany vs Wing IDE, the Slant community recommends Wing IDE for most people. In the question“What are the best Python IDEs or editors?” Wing IDE is ranked 10th while Geany is ranked 12th.
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Pro Light and fast
Geany is very lightweight thanks to the smaller offering of features.
Pro Simple project management
Pro Built-in plugin manager
Geany has a built-in plugin manager which can be used to install plugins and add new powerful features to the editor.
Pro Quick search on large files
In Geany you technically search once for a whole search query, unlike Gedit, where once you start typing, the file is searched for in accordance with each substring of what you're typing, all the while leading to terribly annoying lag.
Pro Cross platform
Geany is a cross platform editor, very similar to Notepad++ in Windows.
Pro Build in terminal
Press F5 and code will run without the need to switch between windows.
Pro Actively developed Open Source
Which usually means it will remain free of charge.
Pro Real syntax parsing (not just coloring)
Hence it is capable of showing the methods and inner classes of, e.g., a Java source file.
Pro Options in the menu are easy to find
For example, there is an easy way to change the font and theme in the View menu. No need to search through several syntax styles like in Notepad++ just to be able to change the used font.
Pro Exceptionally responsive support
Pro Checks for errors in the source code
Pylint has a static analysis tool integrated which checks the source code for any potential errors and bugs.
Pro Built-in debugger
Wing IDE provides local and remote debugging.
Pro Debugging in threads
Pro Totally programmable keystroke shortcuts
Pro Totally worth the price -- it's a steal, in fact.
Pro Super-flexible macro capabilities
Pro Customizable plug-ins if desired.
Con Not very advanced
Similar to Notepad or Gedit.
Con Not many third-party plugins
Geany is not as popular as some other text editors with plugin support. As such it's understandable that it's missing lots of powerful plugins available in other editors.
Con Windows installer not digitally signed
Con High entry price
Price is starting from $39 per user for the most basic configuration.