View Full Version : C editor (syntax coloring)

11-28-2001, 01:12 PM
Can you guys tell me where I can find just an editor for C that I could use... I'd like it to have good syntax coloring, but not be too big is size.

I've wasted a ton of time searching for one on the net, but most of them are 30-day trial version an such...

I use DevC++ as an editor/compiler and it works great, but I don't like the editor part of it... the spacing just SUCKS.

thanks, :)

Justin W
11-28-2001, 01:36 PM
Have you tried looking under the menu Options -> Environment Options? You can change a whole lot about how that works in Dev-C++ there, including indentation stuff. I know the feeling, a good editor is hard to find sometimes. The only ones I really like are old Amiga environments for other languages... *sigh* :)

11-28-2001, 01:41 PM
What really gets to me is the spacing in DevC++, because the tabs do some weird jumping around and all the white space is filled with a bunch of spaces... those who use it robably know what I'm talking about. I'm pretty sure I got the latest version of it too, because I just checked for an update recently.

What I would really like is to find an easy to use nice-and-little editor that doesn't take up much space so I could you it for writing the programs.... I'm really a newbie to all this myself, but DevC++ compiles well, all I need is a good editor.

Justin W
11-28-2001, 03:10 PM
Use the drop down menu "Options", and select "Environment Options". Now click on the "Editor" tab. To make tabs tabs and not spaces, deselect the option: "Tabs to Spaces". To remove the smart indentation, deselect the option: "Auto-Indent". To get rid of smart tabs completely, deselect "Use smart Tabs". To customise the default spacing of the tabs, use the "Number of space for a tab" text box.

Explore this area a bit. There are tons of options from syntax color, to fonts, to how the windows behave, to scrolling etc..

Hope that helps.


11-28-2001, 11:19 PM
Try the Vi Editor for Windows (ported from Linux!)
They got marvelous spacing and colored editing screen.
But you got to learn the commands first (kinda hard to remember...)
VIm (http://www.vim.org)
or textpad trial (but no date limitations)
A best C/C++ editor.
Automated Spacing and colored.
at Textpad (http://www.textpad.com)

11-28-2001, 11:27 PM
I think that the best IDE is the one from Visual C++ 6, followed by RHIDE (I love this one).


11-29-2001, 12:49 AM
hmmm... i'm using bc45's editor, much like dev-cpps... [or rather i should say the viceversa...]... it has an option 'cursor through tabs' which i find ivaluable in your situation... perhaps dev-cpp has a similar option... i'd have used dev-cpp but it does not support interrupts... i'd have used emacs/rhide but i don't like text based editors when i need to manage code in a project... i'm still in search for an editor that supports 3rd party compiler usage... [i might go so far as to learn, gulp, windows, so i can do this...]... so, still searching! any help? thanks!

11-29-2001, 01:20 AM
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11-29-2001, 04:57 PM
heeey!!! thanks! :)

-luv... doubleanti...

PS, my oh my this has everything i need... wow... you coulda told me sooner! :)

11-29-2001, 05:27 PM
Thanks! This one has just about all that I need (The Jen's one), and isn't too big size-wise...

Gonna get home and take a better look at it tonight.