Version: 1.0.1 Web: https://github.com/notepadqq
People who write code are generally more demanding about the features of their text editor of choice, but that doesn’t mean that other mortals don’t care. Despite the fact that there’s a plethora of text editors available, and we’ve reviewed the best of them, here we go with yet another. Notepadqq’s distinctiveness lies in it mimicking the world-famous Notepad++. The latter is an open source, yet Windows-only, program, and is extremely popular among power users. Notepadqq isn’t a direct port of Notepad++, but a third-party project that tries to implement the same features in a fully platformindependent text editor.
Naturally, there isn’t a 100% match between the two, but Notepadqq comes very close to its counterpart. It supports code highlighting for more than 100 languages, search as you type, document re-encoding, multiple input, line sorting, line breaks and many other familiar features, all in a friendly tabbed interface.
Notepadqq is a very welcome tool for developers, thanks to its other cool features, such as column select mode (hold Ctrl+Alt and draw a selection), regular expression searches and realtime highlighting. As long as Notepadqq is a smaller project, it can’t boast a massive number of extensions, but it still has the official connector to Node.js modules. You can write your own extension using the dedicated NPM module that provides the Notepadqq API, like this: $ npm install notepadqq-api When you have your own Node.js script or even NPM package, provide its path in Settings > Preferences > Extensions, and it should work right away.
Notepadqq also follows the Notepad++ style when it comes to managing unsaved files. When you quit the application, it doesn’t ask you to save your changes, and it just quits. However, the next time you open Notepadqq, it gracefully restores everything. Even if the file is removed, Notepadqq still restores its contents – a very helpful feature!
“Even if the file is removed, Notepadqq still restores its contents”
The free selection tool for text is simply awesome!