The cornerstone of IDM product development is centered on the philosophy of flexibility, versatility and performance. UltraEdit's environments provide you with a quick and easy method to change the editor's configuration for task-driven editing. No matter what your editing needs are, environments make your workflow smoother and more productive. Of course, you can modify any of the pre-configured environments or customize your own.
Power User is for savvy users who need powerful editing functionality and advanced editing tools for a variety of tasks. Includes syntax highlighting, macros/scripting, dockable function list, file compare functionality, XML Manager, projects, and more...
What are Environments?
An environment allows you to toggle between editor layouts so as to allow you the ability to switch menus, toolbars, dockable windows, customized templates, and more based on your tasks/needs. Environments provide a way for you to customize the editor exactly as you'd like, and then save and switch to it at the click of a button. Visit our environments power tip to learn more.
Open an Environment in a new instance
Should you wish to maintain your current environment while switching over to a new one in a new instance of the application, you can easily do so by CTRL + clicking on the environment you'd like to switch to!
Below are just some of the features included with this environment; for a more exhaustive look at the core featureset of UltraEdit, take the UltraEdit tour.
The WebSearch toolbar allows you to highlight a selection of text within the editor and then search for that text in your default browser on any number of search engines. For instance, perhaps you've downloaded a PHP file from your server that calls a PHP function that you don't know. Simply highlight the function and click the PHP.net icon on the WebSearch toolbar, and your query is sent to PHP.net for the function in question. The WebSearch toolbar currently provides search support for the following sites:
- Google search
- Yahoo search
- Network Solutions Whois
- PHP.net search
- cplusplus.com search
- MSDN online search
You can also add your own search engines to the WebSearch toolbar by configuring a user tool. A step-by-step guide for this is available here.
The clipboard history provides a pallet of recently used copied text. This is very useful when doing much copying/pasting between documents, and double-clicking a clipboard history item inserts it into the current position of the active document. To clear the clipboard history, right-click within the window and select "Clear Clipboard History". This right-click menu also includes an option for the clipboard history options which include display and sort order.
Access a parsed tree-style view of your XML-based files - any XML-based file including XHTML! Open up the XML Manager window and scroll through the XML tree to view parent/child nodes and elements. The collapsible nodes give you the ability to inspect one or more branches at a time, allowing you to see only what you want to see, and the XML Manager icons provide visual indicators of element types. The right-click context menu in the XML Manager gives you the ability to select and delete elements, cut/copy/paste elements, and duplicate elements. (Slow) click twice to edit the text in XML nodes. Frustrated with XML log files or error logs lacking new line characters? The XML Manager makes dealing with these a cinch! Browse elements in the XML tree view and double-click to jump to the element in the file - even if there are no line breaks!
The script list provides quick access to your scripts; simply double-click a script to run it from the current position in the active file. Add scripts by right-clicking anywhere inside of the script list.
While the function list is mainly used to display and parse all the functions in the active file/project, it can actually be used for any logical group of objects in your source code files. The function list will list each function in a hierarchical tree along with sub-groups (such as parameters, variables, properties, etc.). Double clicking on a function name in the list repositions the file to the desired function. As you navigate through a file, the function selected in the list changes to indicate in which function the cursor currently is located. The function list is also fully configurable; right-click anywhere in the list and click "Configuration" to modify the regular expressions used to identify and list groups and sub-groups.
The HTML toolbar allows you to insert standard HTML formatting code into the active document, greatly speeding up your web development process. You can modify the existing (standard) tags or create your own.
Advanced development toolbar
These advanced development tools offer some expanded functionality for heavier or more advanced development.
Color picker: The enhanced color picker allows you to sample/create/insert color values in decimal, hex, HTML, RGB color values. You may also use the "nearest color" function to insert standard HTML color names such as antique white or blanched almond into the active document.
Style builder: The CSS2 style builder provides a graphical interface anyone from novice to advanced can use to create CSS2 styles related to images, text, margins and padding.
HTML Tidy: This button provides an interface for configuring and executing HTML Tidy on the currently open document.
GUID generator: This button opens a dialog for inserting a Globally Unique Identifier into the active document in one of four available formats.
Number converter: The number converter converts a selected non-zero number to one of four formats: binary, octal, decimal, or hexadecimal.
Artistic style formatter: Beautify your source code! The artistic style formatter provides a dialog with many configurable options for reformatting the source code of the current document. The artistic style EXE is installed in the GNU subdirectory and must be selected prior to its first use.
XML Lint: UltraEdit's integration with XML lint provides a way for your to format your XML data based on many configurable options within the XML Lint dialog.
Templates are user-created chunks of text that you may use repeatedly for many of your editing tasks. For instance, instead of typing out a new HTML document's DOCTYPE declaration, you could type it into a new template, then quickly access it via the templates list. UltraEdit supports up to 50 user-created templates, and the Technical Writer environment template list is populated with a collection of several commonly used templates.
Syntax highlighting allows you to visually sort your code by highlighting related parts of the source code as different colors. For instance, if you're editing HTML files, you may want all <h> (heading) tags to highlight a certain color, while your <meta> tags will highlight differently. This is all defined in the wordfile - a collection of language-specific keywords from where UltraEdit draws its syntax highlighting. UltraEdit includes syntax highlighting support for as many as 20 highlighting languages at once, but there are wordfiles for almost any coding language available for download from our site, which may be added to your main wordfile.txt. You can also build your own build your own wordfile for syntax highlighting.
Syntax highlighting also provides code folding, brace matching, autoindentation, autocorrection, and more.
Enhanced File Tree View
Enhanced file tree view with tabs for displaying files for the active Project, a listing of currently open files, or an Explorer-like view of available drives/directories, and access to your FTP/SFTP accounts in the tree view. Also includes filters and a "Lists" tab for maintaining favorite file groups.
UltraEdit's status bar holds a wealth of information for you. Included on the status bar are the cursor's line and column numer, file format information, syntax highlighting language information, the file's last modification date and time, file size, current selected clipboard information, and more.
Powerful Find and Replace
UltraEdit is famous for its powerful find/find and replace dialogs. With v14, we introduced multi-line find and replace dialogs, which allows you to easily search for (and replace) multiple lines of text with the click of a button.
You'll also be able to easily access recently-used search phrases as well as search favorites via our search and replace history and favorites buttons on the dialog. The dialogs also include Advanced options for advanced search operations such as regular expressions, columnar search, and the ability to output a list of lines containing your search string.
With UltraEdit's powerful find and replace engine, you can search through a single open file, all open files, or any directory on your system. Easily accessed with CTRL + F for Find, or CTRL + R for replace, you'll quickly find that our powerful search engine is a tool you simply can't do without.