I know I've posted about this before, but I am becoming less and less satisfied with UltraEdit each day. This is in large part due to Uedit's extremely poor Undo capabilities. It started when I discovered that I couldn't Undo changes that involved more than 25k of data (Windows XP, RAM up to 4gb, on multiple computers -- YMMV). This wasn't a problem in years past, but modern computers generate huge files, including log files that I work with on a regular basis. UltraEdit has not kept up.
Tonight, I was experimenting with a 560 byte file. I was trying out the "Insert String at Increment Specified" feature in UE. "String to Insert" was set to X, and "File Increment ..." was set to 1. Click OK and the string is inserted after each character. Cool! But now I try to Undo. No can Undo. UltraEdit cannot Undo an 1120 byte file with a 560 byte change??? Ridiculous.
Notepad can Undo massive changes. Wordpad can Undo massive changes. Every free and open source text editor I've ever used in the past year can Undo massive changes.
But not UltraEdit. It can't Undo 25k changes, and in this case, it can't even Undo a 560 byte change.
I'm running the latest version: 184.108.40.2068. I bought a lifetime upgrade license. I have been a fan of UltraEdit for years. But Undo, a basic feature of any editor, just doesn't cut the mustard for me anymore. UltraEdit has become MaybeEdit.
Why can't UltraEdit perform simple Undos of simple text data? It's got encryption, FTP, telnet, HTML validation, text reformatting, tag control, macros, templates, function lists, DOS shells, spell check, and 10 million other functions (I'm just exaggerating about that part).
But what good are all those fancy features if the basics don't work right? Don't get me wrong: I use a lot of those features from time to time, but shouldn't a modern text editor be able to perform simple Undos? Has too much effort been spent on the fancy stuff? It's like buying a radio that does everything but brush your teeth, and yet is worthless if you get more than 10 miles away from the transmitter. And when the fancy radio loses the signal, the free-with-Happy-Meal radio picks up the station just fine.
I've written to the folks at IDM several times about fixing the Undo, but it's still on the "to-do" list. To add insult, the phpBB forum text editor (the one on the UE forum) can handle Undos of over 30k with ease. I just pasted in 32k of text, typed a few more characters, and was able to perform a full Undo. phpBB is freeware.
Flame me all you want (and I'm sure you will), but a text editor that can't Undo a text file isn't much good for editing text files. I'm just sick of using Notepad to edit log files because UE can't Undo.