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ED for Windows V4 Product Features

ED delivers a breadth and depth of productivity features you're not likely to encounter elsewhere. Here we outline many of these features providing an insight into what ED can do for you.

For a summary of new features in Version 4 see Current Release and for a quick overview of what ED has to offer see the ED Top 11 features list and screen shots and read our Blog post Write Ruby code faster with ED for Windows.

Index to Features
Powerful Editing Features Code Navigation and Browsing
Easy to Use Printing in style 
Advanced Productivity Tools All the Help You Need
Precision Search and Replace Network and Team Support
Powerful Programming Support Built-in C Extension Language
Projects and enhanced File Open  Gets You Up and Running Fast
Compile and Debug Full Environment Support
Color Syntax Highlighting System Requirements
ED Speaks Your Language

 

Powerful Editing Features
  • Multiple windows with document tab bar for quick navigation
  • Split windows to view different parts of a file at the same time
  • Named keyboard macros simplify repetitive tasks
  • Templates and Skeletons write code for you
  • Autocorrection and Smartype finish words for you
  • Smart language sensitive editing
  • Parameter assistance tooltips
  • Unlimited undo and redo
  • Cut/copy/paste across files and windows
  • Column, line and stream blocks
  • Shift selected text horizontally left and right
  • Drag & drop text across windows and applications
  • Column selection operations including overlay, move, copy and fill
  • Temporary text buffers
  • Sort text selections
  • Power search & replace, with full regular expressions and search filtering 
  • Name Bookmarks which persist across sessions, plus Line based bookmarks
  • Paragraph reformat and word wrap
  • Auto-save and optional backup files
  • Virtual memory text editing engine handles very large files
Multiple Windows
Multiple Windows

Skeletons Bar
Skeletons and Ascii chart bar

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Easy to use
  • Document Tab Bar for quick window selection
  • Text Bar shows line numbers, new and edited lines and bookmarks
  • Full screen mode
  • Fully customisable toolbars with tool hints
  • Floating and docked Toolbars
  • Floating and docked Workspace, Skeleton and Output windows
  • Tabbed dialogs
  • Context sensitive help throughout
  • Mouse and status bar shortcuts
  • Mouse wheel scrolling
  • Keyboard remapping
  • Open files and windows retained across sessions
  • Histories recall previous operations
  • File name completion
Window Bar
Document Bar

Text Bar
Text Bar

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Advanced Productivity Tools
  • Visually compare files for differences - seeing is believing
  • Source code database indexes every function, procedure, class, structure, etc. automatically on the fly
  • Instantly jump to any function, procedure or class
  • Source code browser show the big picture and let you navigate around complex projects with ease
  • No limits to the number of files, functions, classes in a database
  • Find all References to a function, class etc.
  • Ruler for aligning text and counting columns
  • String length display on status bar
  • Compile and fix errors from within ED
  • Hypertext function, method, class etc. lookup and help
  • File locking prevents two people editing the same file at the same time
  • Fast multithreaded Find in Files and Replace in Files
Compare files
Compare files


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Precision Search and Replace
  • Filtered searches let you include or exclude specific textual elements
  • Find in Files, with multiple results windows
  • Replace in Files for quick, painless mass file updates
  • Multithreaded Find in Files so you can keep on working
  • Find the current word without using a dialog
  • Full Regular expressions, with a choice of common regular expression dialects
  • Regular expression menu for easy access to common expressions
  • Ignore case, Match whole word
  • Search and replace within a selection
  • Search Entire file tells you when your back where you started
  • Set Bookmarks for all matches in a file
  • Modeless Find dialog so you aren't blocked from other editing tasks
  • History lists for repeating previous searches
  • Fast multithreaded search engine
Filters
Filters

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Powerful Programming Support
  • Intelligent language sensitive editing speeds up code entry
  • Autocorrection looks up language dictionaries to finish words for you
  • Smartype completes words by looking for matches in the text
  • Parameter Assistant pops up a tooltip with the parameters required for the current function
  • Code templates and skeletons write complete blocks of code
  • Code completion terminates code blocks correctly
  • Smart code indenting formats code as you type to match your programming style
  • Indent using tabs, spaces or virtual space
  • Templates & skeletons are specified in simple text files
  • Automatic case conversion, optionally when a symbol is typed
Autocorrect
Autocorrect

Indent Setup
Indent Setup

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Work easier with Projects and enhanced File Open
  • Group related sets of files together into Projects for easy access
  • Virtual Folders organize files to suite your needs in an easy to use project tree
  • No limits to the number of files in a Project
  • Use any number of related projects within a Workspace
  • Projects aren't tied to a drive or directory so they can be easily moved
  • Opens Microsoft Visual C++ Projects
  • Project History lets you quickly open recent projects
  • Projects maintain desktop state, including which files are open, and position of docked windows, including toolbars
  • Files Workspace window provides built-in Windows Explorer like capabilities
  • Enhanced resizable File Open dialog with MRU Folders list, filename auto-completion, folder bar and more
  • File History list for quick access to recent files

Project Tree 

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Compile and Build from within ED
  • Run compilers and other tools without leaving ED
  • After compiling, automatic error tracking puts you at the point in the source where the error occurred
  • Go to the next or previous error
  • Add new Error Track types
  • Compiler/Make output displayed in an ED window in real-time
  • A mouse-click on any error line within the output window jumps to the location in the offending source module
Program List
Program List

Program Details
Program Details

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Colour Syntax Highlighting
  • See your code in a whole new light
  • Language sensitive fast, smart parser
  • Support for 34 languages pre-defined
  • Define new languages based on existing languages
  • 38 individual language elements for each language
  • Ten user defined comments let you display different types of comments in different colors
  • Supports nested comments
  • Ten user defined word categories to group words into meaningfull sets
  • User defined word lists in a simple text file
  • No limit to the number of words you can define
  • Color schemes to suit your computer or mood
Color Setup
Color Setup

Comment Setup
Comment Setup

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Speaks Your Language
Ada, Assembler, Basic, C/C++, Cicode, Clipper, COBOL, Dataflex, dBase, Delphi, DOS Batch files, Eiffel, Forth, FORTRAN 77, 90 and 95, FoxPro, HTML, Java, Limbo, Lisp, Matlab, Modula 2, Paradox, Pascal, Perl, PHP, PL/I, Progress, Prolog, Rexx, Ruby,Smalltalk, SQL and PL/SQL, Verilog, VHDL, Windows INI file format.
  • 34 pre-defined languages currently supported
  • Define new languages based on existing languages
  • Simple ASCII text file format for user modification, extension or customisation of word lists and templates
Language Setup
Language Setup

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Code Navigation and Browsing
  • With ED's source browser database you can:
    • Work directly with functions, methods & classes instead of files
    • Right click to instantly jump directly to definitions in any source file
    • Jump between declarations and definitions for languages like C/C++
    • Multiple database matches are displayed in a tree for quick selection
    • View program structure. See all the functions, methods, classes etc. in an entire project in a hierarchical tree and go to any item
    • Find functions, classes etc. in the database using regular expression lookups
  • The Source Database is built and maintained automatically in background threads, and has no impact on your editing
  • Toolbar list of all functions, methods, classes etc. in the current source file and go to any one
  • Go to the next or previous function, class etc.
  • See the current function name on a toolbar
  • Locate and open language include files
  • Toolbar list of all include files in the current file
  • Perform statement and bracket matching
  • Get context sensitive help on any word in any Windows help file
  • Insert hypertext jumps in any file and go to them

Source Browser



Parameter Assistant


See the current function name

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Printing in style
  • Color Syntax highlighting with user defined color schemes
  • Print Preview
  • Customisable headers and footers
  • Set margins, landscape, portrait etc.
  • Optional line numbers
  • Use any printer font
Print Appearance
Print Appearance

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All the Help You Need
  • Extensive context sensitive HTML help is available throughout ED
  • Toolbar Tooltips
  • Free lifetime technical support
  • Free 12 month Upgrade Protection Plan gives you access to all new releases and upgrades for free for 12 months
  • Support Forums - get help from other ED users and Soft As It Gets
 

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Network and Team Support
  • Files locked during editing
  • Locked files can be viewed by other users
  • Configuration and history information maintained independently for each user
  • Synchronizes files with other Development tools
Lock & Synchronize
Lock & Synchronize

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Built-in C Extension Language
  • Write your own extensions to ED
  • Share programs with other users via. our Web forums
  • Approximately one megabyte of source provided
  • ED C Compiler included

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Gets You Up and Running Fast
  • ED can emulate almost any editor. Support included for:
    Brief, Windows/CUA, MultiEdit, Norton, Wordstar, Qedit, Visual Studio.
  • Create your own keyboard definition, or modify the ones we supply
  • ED's menus, keyboard and toolbars are easily reconfigured to suit your specific requirements
  • Set ED up to behave as you want via its broad range of configuration options
  • Comprehensive context sensitive help answers your questions
Keyboards
Keyboards

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Full Environment Support
  • Runs on Windows 98/ME, NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Vista.
  • Full international keyboard support
  • Support for UNIX files and mainframe DOS emulators
  • Change a file between Unix and DOS formats
  • Works with Networked files using UNC

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System Requirements
ED for Windows minimum configuration:
  • Microsoft Windows 98/ME, NT4, 2000, XP or Vista. Windows 2000, XP or Vista preferred.
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 5-10 MB available disk space
  • Supports network file locking on all networks
  • P3 400Mhz recommended minimum

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