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SynWrite Is A Portable Syntax Editor With Tree Structure View For Code

Previously, we have gone over text editors the likes of Editra, a cross platform editor, and InType, an editor with a tabbed interface. Today we shall review and compare another advanced text and programming editor called SynWrite. It supports source code programming in over 70 languages (which include JAVA, C++, C, Cobol, Pascal, Perl, HTML, XML, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, etc.) and writing in over 80 file extensions (TXT and extensions allocated to the languages it supports). Like InType, it is a TDI-based interface and thus can open multiple files in new tabs. It supports a tree panel that keeps track of all code groups and provides links to them as well as a clipboard panel that stores all instances of copied text which can then be selected and used as you wish. It can also expand and collapse (i.e. show and hide) portions of the written code as you wish.

SynWrite Windows

SynWrite carries a remarkable number of search functions, which include support for regular expressions (regex) as well as extracting text from files using regex. There is also a small quick search toolbar at the bottom-left corner of the application that can be used to quickly search for a term in the currently opened file.

SynWrite Search

It also supports a large variety of language encoding. You can even convert the current language encoding to the one you wish to.

SynWrite Language Encoding

You can also set bookmarks on specific lines in your file and create macros for the file by using the options in their relative menus. Furthermore, you can select the text you want and change its case to UPPER CASE, lower case, Title Case, Sentence case and iNVERT cASE by using the right most button on the second toolbar. It even has a built-in spellchecker.

SynWrite - Bookmark, Macros, And Case Changing

SynWrite can also allow you to make changes in how it displays data by editing the settings via the Customize… button in the Options Menu. Clicking on this will open the Options window in which you can navigate to any of the relative tabs and change the options for the editor. For example, it allows you to change the way the text is highlighted, make the application portable, change the history settings and more.

SynWrite - Options

Furthermore, if you were to compare SynWrite with its counterparts, Editra and InType, you would find that the main important differences are:

  • Unlike both InType and Editra, it currently boasts a stable release, thus occasions where the application crashes are almost non-existent.
  • Like InType and unlike Editra, SynWrite is a Microsoft Windows only application.
  • SynWrite has a portable option, which Editra doesn’t.
  • And unlike Editra, SynWrite has no additional plugins although it can connect with and use Total Commander file manager.

All in all, if you’re using Microsoft Windows, then SynWrite is a better choice than Editra and InType.

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If you liked this application, you might want to take a look at our showcase of text editing applications.


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