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Danny252
06-04-2013, 10:12 PM
I'm looking for a text editor that supports (individually) coloured characters/backgrounds, and different fonts, but doesn't start enforcing things such as page sizes, paragraphs and whatnot - basically what I want is a version of Notepad that supports colour. Before someone gets confused, I'm not talking about syntax highlighting - as far as I can see, things like Notepad Plus and Crimson Editor only support that, and won't let me colour text myself.

Heliocentric
07-04-2013, 12:52 AM
Open office but use "web view"?

pakoito
07-04-2013, 02:39 AM
Sublime Text 2, period.

mashakos
07-04-2013, 09:53 AM
Sublime Text 2, period.

was going to second this, but I'm not sure what the OP wants.

OP: Do you basically want the equivalent of the reply box in this forum, where you can change the colour, size and font weight of text without the extra padding/indentation that Word auto-applies?

FuriKuri!
07-04-2013, 04:30 PM
The closest you're gonna get is an .rtf editor -Windows comes with Wordpad, there are other packages available but this is a somewhat niche area and I couldn't recommend any off hand.

Do a bit googlin' and don't get mixed up with Rich Text Areas - which are to do with websites.

trjp
07-04-2013, 08:17 PM
Seconding the 'what exactly do you want to do" thing

Sublime Text is a syntax colorer (and, frankly, you don't really need to spend money to get what it does - there are loads of free editors which do the same job) - I suspect the OP wants to color text ala HTML (this box) which means he needs a (surprise surprise) HTML editor of some sort.

TheIronSky
07-04-2013, 11:03 PM
I'd recommend Aptana Studio (http://www.aptana.com/) and gedit for Windows (http://projects.gnome.org/gedit/). I use them both religiously. What you're looking for is something that can save and view files with some sort of XHTML formatting. I don't know of anything that can do that (other than Word or OpenOffice) without document formatting. Thus, we arrive back at my original conclusion: Aptana and gedit. Hope that works for you.

Danny252
08-04-2013, 08:28 PM
Seconding the 'what exactly do you want to do" thing

Sublime Text is a syntax colorer (and, frankly, you don't really need to spend money to get what it does - there are loads of free editors which do the same job) - I suspect the OP wants to color text ala HTML (this box) which means he needs a (surprise surprise) HTML editor of some sort.

Oh bloody hell, you're right - off to play with HTML I go!

To answer a couple of suggestions:
Open Office/Libre Office - I found this doing some very strange things with monospaced fonts (i.e. not monospacing them, a fairly annoying "feature"), and not listing all the fonts I have installed.

Wordpad - Yet again, more faffing about with fonts not working (in this case, I select the font but the font isn't used/characters display wrongly. Sigh.)

TheIronSky
08-04-2013, 11:59 PM
Oh bloody hell, you're right - off to play with HTML I go!

To answer a couple of suggestions:
Open Office/Libre Office - I found this doing some very strange things with monospaced fonts (i.e. not monospacing them, a fairly annoying "feature"), and not listing all the fonts I have installed.

Wordpad - Yet again, more faffing about with fonts not working (in this case, I select the font but the font isn't used/characters display wrongly. Sigh.)

Sometimes you need to restart the program in order for it to scan for new fonts. I know GIMP has a button to refresh the font window so you can update on the fly, but I doubt OpenOffice has that feature. Also make sure they're .ttf (TrueType Fonts). If you need any more fonts, (because some aren't working or some other crap) check out http://dafont.com/ (http://dafont.com).

Here if you need any more questions about HTML or OpenOffice answered.

fohria
12-04-2013, 12:14 AM
Sublime Text is a syntax colorer (and, frankly, you don't really need to spend money to get what it does - there are loads of free editors which do the same job) - I suspect the OP wants to color text ala HTML (this box) which means he needs a (surprise surprise) HTML editor of some sort.

Doesn't SublimeText do HTML highlighting/coloring? I thought it did... (disclaimer: And SublimeText is...sublime)

mashakos
12-04-2013, 12:32 AM
Doesn't SublimeText do HTML highlighting/coloring? I thought it did... (disclaimer: And SublimeText is...sublime)

well that's not what he wants. He actually wants regular text ... with colorz. Not the same thing as syntax highlighting.

fohria
12-04-2013, 01:43 PM
well that's not what he wants. He actually wants regular text ... with colorz. Not the same thing as syntax highlighting.

Oh I see. Then maybe AbiWord (http://www.abisource.com/) might be what you're looking for Danny252? More light weight than LibreOffice but still free software (GNU license)

trjp
12-04-2013, 04:46 PM
well that's not what he wants. He actually wants regular text ... with colorz. Not the same thing as syntax highlighting.

Yeah, he wants to see the text coloured as a web page, not the code making it syntax-coloured :)

MeltdownInteractiveMedia
12-04-2013, 06:57 PM
Try UltraEdit, used that for years before moving over to Visual Studio.

victory
15-04-2013, 07:28 PM
With a request like this, it would usually help to have a bit more background.

If this happens to be for doing something like Dwarf Fortress -style game maps, using a HTML editor would be torture and ASCII/ANSI art editors are the sort of tool you actually want.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_text_editors#ASCII_and_ANSI_art

clod
23-04-2013, 10:00 AM
I suggest to try Codelobster PHP Edition (http://www.codelobster.com)
It is free editor that has very good support for many languages