What is an environment?
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.
What Environments are available? The default environments are: Notepad Replacement, Web Developer, System Administrator, Technical Writer, Power User, and Programmer/Developer. Click the icons below to learn more about the default environments.
Why use an Environment?
There are many uses for such a feature; however, consider the example of a developer. As a developer, you may desire a "code view" environment (for editing code) which dedicates the most possible space to the editing window by removing menus/toolbars and leaving only the function list. You may periodically perform tasks that require interaction with a server via the telnet/ssh console.
Using environments, you could customize the System Administrator environment - which displays the telnet/ssh console, a list of common commands in the templates, and more - and toggle between the code view and system administrator environments when performing the different tasks.
Using Environments in this manner provides you with a quick and easy method to change tasks without creating a bottle-neck in your workflow - going through the various (necessary) configuration changes. Simply stated, Environments are a fantastic time-saving feature as they allow you to switch between configuration/options in a simple click rather than configuring each of item individually.
- Default Environments
- Environment Dialog
- Switching Environments
- Create a New Environment
- Customizing Environments
- Delete Environments
- Import/Export Environments
1. Notepad Replacement (Basic)
Notepad Replacement provides a basic toolset for editing and manipulating text files of varying content and size. Includes find and replace in files, ability to open files up to and over 4GB, conversion of various file formats, column mode editing, and more...
Standard Editing Features, Multiple User Clipboards, Find and Replace, Favorite File List, Large-file Support, and more...
2. Technical Writer/Writer
Technical Writer/Writer provides powerful tools for editing multiple text files at once, even editing of files up to 4GB! Includes text-templates, find and replace in files, docked clipboard history, column-mode editing, and more...
Standard Editing Features, Tabbed-Document Support, Templates, Clipboard History, Find and Replace, Projects, and more...
3. Web Developer
Standard Editing Tools, Search and Replace, Browser Preview, HTML Toolbar, FTP/SFTP, Telnet/SSH, HTML Validation/Tools, Macros, Scripting, File/Folder Compare, and more...
Programmer is for multi-dimensional programmers who need a highly-sophisticated editor with advanced programming tools. Includes Syntax highlighing and code folding, Automation with macros/scripting, dockable function list, ability to manage files with projects, and more...
Standard Editing Tools, Scripting, Macros, Syntax Highlighting, Function List, CTAGs, Auto-completion, FTP/SFTP, Telnet/SSH, File/Folder Compare, and more...
5. System Administrator
System Administrator is for advanced editing as well as automation, FTP/SFTP, and Telnet/SSH access. Includes conversion from various file formats, automation with scripts and macros, automatic update of changed files, and more...
Standard Editing Tools, Scripting, Macros, File conversions, FTP/SFTP, Telnet/SSH, CSV File Support, File Change Detection, and more...
6. Power User (Non-Task Specific Advanced User)
Power User is for savvy computer users who need powerful editing functionality and advanced editing tools for a variety of tasks. Includes Syntax highlighing, Automation with macros/scripting, dockable function list, file compare functionality, ability to manage files with projects, and more...
Standard Editing Tools, Scripting, Macros, Syntax Highlighting, Tabbed-Document Support, Tools Toolbar, File/Folder Compare, and more...
The Environment Selector dialog allows you to choose between editing environments as well as define new environments.
There are 2 methods to switch between environments - the Environment Selector Dialog and the Environment Select function on the main toolbar.
Environment Selector Dialog
The Environment Selector dialog can be invoked with ALT+F8 or from the View menu. When the Environment Selector first opens, the active environment will be selected in the left pane. To switch environments, simply click on the desired environment and click "Select Environment".
After clicking on the "Select Environment" button, you will see the "Change Environment" prompt. The purpose of this prompt is for saving/discarding changes to settings in the environment.
Save & Go
If you wish to save changes to the environment you are leaving, click "Save & Go". Choosing this option will then populate the "Environment Selector - Save" dialog with the description and feature set of the active environment and allow the you to overwrite the existing environment or save the modified environment under a different name.
If you do not wish to save changes to the environment you are leaving, click "yes".
If you do not wish to leave the current environment, click "No".
Environment Select Toolbar Icon
The Environment Select icon, when clicked, displays a drop-down menu of the available environments.
To switch environments, simply click on the desired environment. You will be prompted whether or not you would like to proceed to the Environment, click Continue to proceed.
Note: Be sure to enable (check) the "Don't show this window again" option if you do not want to be prompted when switching environments in the future.
To create a new environment you may change the configuration items, menus, toolbars, etc as desired. When you have finished configuring the editing environment you will need to open the Environment Selector dialog from the View menu (or ALT+F8).
In the Environment Selector dialog, click "Save Current State As...". You will then see the Environment Selector - Save dialog:
You will see the "Current" environment name with the number 1 appended to the end. In the dialog, type the Name for the Environment as well as the desired description and Feature Set. When you are finished, click "OK".
After clicking OK, you will see that your "new" environment has been added to the list. To use the environment, simply select the name from the list and click Select Environment.
In addition to adding new environments, you may also customize the default and user-defined environments.
To customize an existing environment, switch to the desired environment using either the Select Environment toolbar item or Environent Selector Dialog (ALT+F8).
Customize the items you wish to change such as the menus and toolbars. The menus and toolbars may be customized by right-clicking on any menu heading (File, Edit, etc.) or toolbar and selecting Customize Menu or Customize Toolbar respectively. You may then open, move, or close the dockable windows as needed.
After you have finished configuring the environment to suit your preferences, you will then invoke the Environment Selector dialog from the View menu or ALT+F8. When the dialog opens, the current environment will be selected.
With the environment selected, click on the "Save State As..." button. In the Name: field, type the name exactly as the previous environment was displayed in the list. Note, the name should be pre-populated with a "1" appended at the end of the name. Click "OK" to save the environment.
You will then be asked if you wish to overwrite the existing environment:
Click "Yes" to overwrite the existing environment.
You will return to the Environment Selector dialog after clicking "Yes", select the Environment from the list then click "Select Environment".
Deleting an Environment is quite easy. Simply launch the Environment Selector dialog from the View menu or by hitting ALT+F8. Select the Environment you wish to delete, then click on Delete Selected Environment.
When prompted as to whether you really want to delete the Environment, click YES.
You can import/export environments from the Environment Selector dialog. You will find the Environment Selector dialog in the View menu or by hitting ALT+F8.
In the Environment Selector Dialog, select the environment you wish to export then click on the "Export/Import Environment" button. You will see a drop-down menu with two options, select the Export Selected Environment.
You will then browse to the directory you wish to export the Environment files to and click OK. That's it... It's that easy.
While still in the Environment Selector Dialog, select the environment you wish to import then click on the "Export/Import Environment" button. You will see a drop-down menu with two options, select the "Import Selected Environment".
You will need to browse to the location of the Environment file. The environment files have a .uee extension. After browsing to the location of the .uee file, select the .uee file and click Open.