LopeEdit Lite is a very capable Notepad replacement which is aimed squarely at programmers, yet could be very useful for other knowledgeable PC users, too.
The program has a built-in file browser, for instance, so it's easy to navigate to the text documents you need, and drag and drop them into LopeEdit. Although if you're creating files from scratch then the tabbed interface ensures that's very easy, too.
A powerful Find and Replace tool, with regular expression support, can send the results of your search to a separate pane. So if you run a particular search, you don't have to browse through the entire document to see every hit, because they're all displayed in a single window: very useful.
There are all kinds of other extras. You can bookmark a line in a document for easy recall later, for instance. A Favourites system makes it quicker to reload frequently-edited files. Detailed statistics are available on every document in a couple of clicks (Words, lines, empty lines, characters (including/ excluding lines), creation time, last access time and more). And a File > Send To option allows you to quickly send the current document via email to whoever you like.
And then of course there are all the developer features.
LopeEdit can open files directly from web or FTP sites.
And there's also a built-in ASCII table; support for various new line types; and a host of useful encoding and editing options.
Please note, if you do need more then there's always LopeEdit Pro. This extends the Lite version with a built-in hex editor, an FTP browser, multiple clipboards, code template support, file and folder compare, intellisense for all the supported programming languages, and more.
LopeEdit Pro is yours for around $32 and you can find out more at the LopeEdit site.
Version 5.6.0 changes include:
•Improved the Find Results Panel
•Added a new command in Input/Output Panel to create a new document containing the text displayed in the panel.
•New option in exteral tools to create a new document containing the output of the external program.
•The "Save As..." button only is enabled if some file is modified.
•When you cannot to save a protected file because UAC (User Access Control) is activated on Windows Vista or later, then a message box is displayed to elevate with Administrator privileges to save the file. So you do not need to run LopeEdit as Administrator from the beginning to edit and save protected files.
•When you pass files in the arguments of LopeEdit, now you also may pass the line number and the character position where the cursor will be positioned when the file is open. The format is "file:l[,c]", where l is the line number and c (optional) is the character position into the line.
•It is possible to disable each external tool individually.
•LopeEdit is registered into "Default Programs" on Windows 7 and Windows 8. So you may easily associate LopeEdit with specific file types. You may run Default Programs from the Control Panel on Windows 7/8.