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Developer Tools

CotEditor © Mineko Imanishi

CotEditor is a slim but powerful editor for editing plain text files such as web pages (HTML, CSS), programme source code (Perl, Python, Ruby etc.), structured texts (Markdown, Textile, TeX etc.) and any other kind of plain text. Open source, free of charge. Archive size: only 15.9 MB.

System requirements: macOS 10.15 or higher, 64-bit CPU, also Apple Silicon M1
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, simplified Chinese

Specially for macOS

The application was developed specifically for macOS. The appearance and behaviour of CotEditor are exactly as you would expect from a macOS application. This means that you know how to use it right after the first start of the program. There are no complex settings files, which would require you to be a computer whiz. You access all your settings, including syntax definitions and themes, through a standard settings window.

Fast, simple and powerful

CotEditor starts very quickly and you can get started straight away. It is perfect for writing a draft version for your document or quickly writing some code. The simply structured user interface does not distract you from your task. CotEditor is neither software just for beginners nor a typical minimal «Zen-style» editor. It is fully customisable. Functions for syntax highlighting for various languages, for searching and replacing with regular expressions and for automatic indentation are of course available. A command line tool and many other in-depth functions are also provided. You can easily write your own macros in your preferred language.

Main Functions

Textastic © Alexander Blach

Textastic is a powerful and fast text, code and markup editor.

Developer: Alexander Blach
Date of purchase: 19.05.2020 (there is a trial version, but I already knew the iOS version!)
Purchase price: 8.99 EUR
System requirements: macOS 10.13 or higher, 64-bit CPU
Language: English only, whilst the developer is a German!? surprise
Support: via E-Mail (maybe also in German?) wink



Note: You can use Textastic for iPad and iPhone to synchronize files between the Mac and iOS version of Textastic with iCloud. More secure: Use SFTP / SSH for this! This Mac version lacks the FTP client, but the iOS version includes a FTP client! Tip: use it with FileZilla on the Mac!

Tip: try CotEditor before Textastic. It doesn't have an FTP client either, but otherwise it has no shortcomings. Purchased software should do a better job. Still to come perhaps …

Notepad++ © Don Ho

Text Editing to go

John T. Haller from New York bundles Notepad++ with his launcher for portable Applications to Notepad++ Portable.
On the website of the software developer Don Ho, there is Notepad ++ as a ZIP file and as a 7-Zip file to unzip to a file folder, from which Notepad++ starts directly and runs without a Windows installer. I have tested this on 22.06.2018 and since then I use this version directly from the Developer.


File Archiver

7-Zip © Igor Pavlov

File archiver with very high compression rate

7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions.
You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

The Main Features of 7-Zip

7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.

John T. Haller from New York bundles 7-Zip with his launcher for portable Applications to 7-Zip Portable.
You can take your file archiver with you and work with your compressed 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR files and more on the go. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.

File Manager

FreeCommander XE 2020 Portable © Marek Jasinski

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.
For Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, multiple language support. Freeware. File size: 32 bit version: 6,15 MB.
FreeCommander XE 64-bit is currently available as bonus for the donors: 8,05 MB.

Network Monitoring Toolbar

NetSpeedMonitor © Florian Gilles

NetSpeedMonitor is a lightweight Network Monitoring Toolbar for your Windows Taskbar designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista or Windows 7. With NetSpeedMonitor you can monitor the current speed (up- and downstream) of your Network Interfaces and the amount of data transferred. In addition to the Connection Table with all TCP/UDP endpoints and the Toolbar Tooltip with a quick and short traffic overview, you can also see detailed daily and monthly Traffic Statistics. NetSpeedMonitor toolbar requires no additional drivers like other Network Monitoring tools do!
Unfortunately, the tool is no longer being developed and the developer's website is without TLS and is functionless anyway. All very sad!

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