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Skyglider
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i like free hand scripting...
meh

I'm a novice though I used to use QEdit wayyyy back. Could you please explain what free hand scripting is?

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After exhaustive searching on the web for a list of keyboard shortcuts for the Crimson Editor with no results, I'm think I'm going to go with Notepad++. Notepad++ seems to be MUCH better supported with a lot more information available on the web.

Also, it appears that Crimson Editor has been abandoned and a replacement editor named Emerald Editor is planned to take Crimson Editor's place. Seems like a lost cause to go with an editor that will no longer be supported. The posts regarding Emerald Editor that I saw were quite old and no public release (other than an admitted crude beta) is available for download so I'm wondering if that group gave up also.

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Glad to see Notepad++ won your affections skyglider, I have been using it
for a long time, and can honestly say that no other code editor comes close
for reliability and portability. Getting it to work well with ahk just takes some
tweaking of the custom syntax highlighter.

Plugins are a doddle to setup in the most recent build.

I can't recommend this milestone of free software enough man!
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Glad to see Notepad++ won your affections skyglider, I have been using it
for a long time, and can honestly say that no other code editor comes close
for reliability and portability. Getting it to work well with ahk just takes some
tweaking of the custom syntax highlighter.

Plugins are a doddle to setup in the most recent build.

I can't recommend this milestone of free software enough man!

Glad to hear that Notepad++ is reliable. That is very important characteristic to have in a code editor.

Thanks,
Skyglider

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A few notes:

I prefer PSPad.

Delete to end of line is simple in any text editor:
Send, +{End}{Del}

I am moving this thread to general chat, since it is not an AHK code question

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Skyglider
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A few notes:

I prefer PSPad.

Delete to end of line is simple in any text editor:

Send, +{End}{Del}

engunneer,

Your AHK delete to EOL works fine in PSPad. With that, I'll revisit PSPad if I can find a list of all of the keyboard shortcuts.
Could you give me a head start and tell me why you prefer PSPad?

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Skyglider

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That's a standard shortcut that will work in any edit box, even in word. It is technically two shortcuts (Select to end of line, delete). You don't need to use AHK to type it, I just wrote it in that format for ease of reading. You will not find that shortcut in any program's hotkey listings.

Anyway, I was a huge fan of UltraEdit, and even bought it once, but copied it onto many computers. Years ago I decided to switch to more ethical means of software usage and support FOSS. PSPad was one of the editors listed in the AHK syntax scripts folder, and it seemed the closest to UltraEdit, so I grabbed it.

Things I use alot in it (Mostly configured via ahk script that comes with AHK:

[*:6hjtcs7t]F9 to run script
[*:6hjtcs7t]!F1 to open help file to selected topic
[*:6hjtcs7t]^{Space} for command completion (try typing StringSp^{Space}{Enter} to see)
[*:6hjtcs7t]^j variable name completion (even knows internal AHK names like A_LoopField)
[*:6hjtcs7t]code bookmarking (various shortcut keys)
[*:6hjtcs7t]Project support, good find function across multiple files. Also remembers which files you had open.
[*:6hjtcs7t]Status bar tells you ASCII of text by caret, good for analysing txt files you want to parse with AHK.
[*:6hjtcs7t]Supports output from Debug output of script
[*:6hjtcs7t]View Todo list from code
Things it doesn't have, but I can live without for now:

[*:6hjtcs7t]Code folding

Things I turn off when installing PSPad

[*:6hjtcs7t]"Smart" char completion (){}[]"", etc.
[*:6hjtcs7t]Switch tabs to be spaces

Things it has that don't affect AHK.

[*:6hjtcs7t]HTML tidy

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I knew this topic would go far. :)
I just found out a couple days ago that Notepad++ went 5.0. Looking over the features, I'm amazed at how many there are that I never use. I think they added code completion to the list, but I'm not sure.
Notepad++ is the one I ended up using, but I also have SciTE, Crimson Editor, PSPad, and something called FoxEditor installed on my machine.

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snip...Things I use alot in it (Mostly configured via ahk script that comes with AHK: ...snip

engunneer,

Thanks for taking the time for that. Your programming skills are way beyond mine so I doubt that I'll be using most of what you listed. But I will give PSPad a second look though.

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Skyglider

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Notepad++ is my personal favorite. It at least has the last three features you mentioned, I'm not sure about the others.

me too