18 great text editors for web designers

10. ICEcoder

  • Platform: Windows/OS X/Linux
  • Price: Free

ICEcoder is an open-source code editor that lets you work directly within the browser, whether you’re online or offline. Very lightweight, you can install it and start using it almost instantly. Despite its size, it contains many great features you'd expect from a code editor, including broken tag indicators, highlighting themes and secure login.

11. CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor

  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: FreeHere's another great choice for beginners looking for a simple, free text editor. CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor is the free version of the full version, and so missing a few tools (CSS menu design, FTP upload) but there are plenty of powerful editing tools, a local Help file to walk you through the more complicated parts, and you can also upload your page to CoffeeCup's S-Drive platform, where it will host it for free.

12. BBEdit

  • Platform: OS X
  • Price: $49.99/£34.99

Having been around for over 20(!) years, BBEdit's a true veteran. Although the interface hasn't quite kept pace with modern Mac apps, there's a huge amount of power buried within – the app is configurable, scriptable, and fast, with superb find-and-replace, syntax highlighting for a slew of languages, and support for version control. Recent updates have added handy text suggestion that works beyond elements and properties, attempting to match strings from anywhere in the current document.

13. Bluefish

  • Platform: Windows, OS X, Linux
  • Price: Free

Bluefish is a text editor with plenty of designer-friendly tools and options. Among the goodies on offer are syntax highlighting (ASP.NET, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP and more are supported), code folding, powerful find and search and replace tools and autocompletion. Bluefish also supports document templates; has wizards to add CSS, forms, tables, forms, audio and video objects; and quick tag editing and easy previewing of the current document.

14. Coda

  • Platform: OS X
  • Price: $99

Specifically designed for web designers and developers, and boasting the attention to detail that comes from a designer's eye, Coda is a truly modern Mac app for working on websites. A big leap forward from the initial release, Coda 2 added a ton of features to make editing more streamlined and enjoyable, including code folding, code focus, excellent new clips, and a built-in MySQL editor. For users of Apple's tablet, there's also an impressive sibling for iPad and iPhone, Coda for iOS, available for £7.99.

15. Code Writer

  • Platform: Windows 8
  • Price: Free

Windows tablets hardly look set to blaze past Android and iPads, and the app ecosystem is therefore relatively limited. We're therefore delighted Code Writer exists. The editor boasts a sleek interface that's perfectly suited to the UI formerly known as Metro, and the app provides advanced features such as code outlining, syntax-error flagging, text formatting, and auto-correct. Handily, snapped view is also supported, so you can code while 'researching' things on the likes of Twitter.

16. DroidEdit Pro

  • Platform: Android
  • Price: $1.99/£1.64

Quite a few text editors exist for Android, but many of them feel rough and ready. DroidEdit Pro is anything but, and for the low price tag you get an app that looks great and works nicely for coding on the move. The simple interface gets out of the way, and the app supports syntax highlighting, bracket matching, Dropbox, and SFTP/FTP. There are also configurable shortcuts, to cut down on hunting and pecking on smaller Android device keyboards.

17. Textastic

  • Platform: iOS
  • Price: $8.99/£5.99

Although Textastic's a touch limited on the Mac, it comes into its own on the iPad, in our opinion nudging ahead of Coda for iOS through an efficient interface. Along with all the usual bits and bobs you'd expect (FTP/SFTP support, local and remote preview, syntax highlighting), you get a handy additional row of keys on the virtual keyboard that provides fast access to regularly used characters. There's also TextExpander support for working with and expanding snippets.

18. TextMate

  • Platform: OS X
  • Price: Free/€58.50

There's some visual and conceptual overlap between TextMate and Sublime Text, with both offering a quite similar feature-set. However, TextMate for a long time had pride of place on the Mac, in part through being designed specifically for the platform. However, a major update long languished in development hell, hitting the app's reputation.

There's now a 2.0 beta available for download, and the source has been released for end users to tinker with. For the time being, it's also free to use, although you can buy a license if you wish. That said, we'd urge caution with this one, because although it's still a great app, who knows when a final 2.0 will appear?

Words: Craig Grannell/Tanya Combrinck

This is an updated and extended version of an article that previously appeared on Creative Bloq. Let us know what you'd like added in a future update in the comments!

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