Featuring a scripting language overhaul, integrated powershell terminal, and improved live preview.
UltraEdit is back for 2023 with fresh updates and an overhaul of its scripting engine. These changes initiate the capability of adding more contemporary functions and components to the editor.
We also have a new integration in the form of a powershell instance directly running inside the editor as a dockable window—a great quality of life change for those used to using the command line and its integrated scripting alongside UltraEdit.
Lastly, we have an update to Live Preview. Dev tools are now enabled in the preview pane. In a similar way to how pressing F12 on a Chrome browser opens the inspect element window, you can now do the same by accessing the context menu. Copying straight from an HTML file is also now made easier with the addition of select, capture, and print functionality.
To get a comprehensive understanding of all the changes in UltraEdit 2023.0, we highly advise reading through the release announcement blog.
Tour new releases
UE 2023.0 adds updated scripting, live preview, and powershell features to the editor
Featuring updated Git-hub flavored markdown and dozens of quality improvements
- Updated markdown engine: footnote and task list in live preview.
- Updated FTP/FTPS/SFTP to latest standard & protocols.
- Updated CSS wordfile.
- NEW Quick open URLs in text editor
- NEW Monokai theme
- NEW Option to disable auto-recover prompts after unexpected close
The last update to UltraEdit 2022 features quality improvements and new features.
This release carries the momentum of improving existing functionality based on user requests.
First off, a couple of updates to some of the editor’s backend functionality. UE 2022.2 brings the editor up to par with the latest standards on markdown-formatting. You can now utilize footnote syntax and tasklist-style checkboxes in UltraEdit markdown fields and live preview.
FTP/FTPS/SFTP have been updated to the latest protocols and technologies. Apart from improving performance overall, this fixes many unwanted behaviors present in older versions.
CSS syntax highlighting and support have been updated thanks to a new wordfile. Confidently use the latest browser specific keywords and properties. Syntax highlighting for classes and attribute identifiers also refreshed.
Quality of life improvements
A major consideration in every 2022 release, quality of life improvements also make its way to 2022.2.
- First seen on UE Mac, you can now select and launch URLs straight from the editor via Ctrl + Shift + Click.
- File tab switching performance for large sets of files was improved significantly.
- NEW Option to disable auto-recover prompts after system or application failure (files will be recovered without asking the user)
Bonus: New Monokai Theme
As this is a quality focused release, there are several other items listed below. Be sure to check them out. If you have any questions or feedback, email us at [email protected]
- Other notable quality improvements
- NEW Column mode navigation: skip text delimited by spaces (Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow)
- NEW Perl highlighting shows all text as comment following “\qq”
- Fixed files added to project root instead of group folder
- Fixed wordfile changes not reflected until file save
- Fixed command line flags return incorrect path error
- Fixed reindent selection doesn’t work with unordered list
- Fixed status bar flickers when typing with wrapped lines
- Fixed search behavior in infinite column mode
- Fixed Perl regex “\K” not finding all matches
- Adjustment for quick find Ul to prevent hidden or partially visible window
All-new navigation features inside the command palette, WebView2
integration, better SFTP security, and more…
HTML browser and live preview powered by new rendering engine
UE 2022.1 comes with the integration of WebView2, a Chromium-powered rendering engine that significantly upgrades browser view and live preview. This replaces the Internet Explorer-based control to render HTML used in older versions of UltraEdit.
2-factor authentication (2FA) for SFTP connections
You can now connect to SFTP servers that require Time-based One Time Passwords (TOTP), or more commonly known as two-factor authentication (2FA).
We significantly refactored FTP code to provide a favorable experience when working with 2FA connections. This extended to all FTP dialogs, the FTP explorer, reloaded FTP files, and beyond.
To activate, access the new interactive login option by going to the Advanced tab in the account manager. With this set and with 2FA configured on the server, you’ll be prompted to enter your TOTP from an external authentication system. Once authenticated, UltraEdit’s connection manager limits all data and commands to the single connection to avoid multiple authentication prompts.
What does a hex editor do?
- Syntax highlighting maintained when selecting
- Support for block comments opened with same characters as line comments
- Support for arbitrary string pairs (square brackets, backticks, etc.)
- Added support for Perl quote-like string operators, e.g.:
- Improved XML code highlighting with embedded
- Addressed syntax highlighting issues with word-wrapped lines
Code highlighting routines have been re-engineered in UE 2022.1 for better and faster syntax highlighting. Code highlighting computations have been separated from the rendering computations of text on the screen.
This will lay the groundwork for regexp-based keyword highlighting that is currently under development.
Reimagined navigation with new command palette shorthand
Being able to quickly jump around text and code can save you loads of time— so we’ve added a new nifty way to navigate projects. This feature was added to have the option of avoiding unnecessary interactions with the mouse.
Now you can find, open, and navigate files by typing queries into the command palette (Ctrl + Shift + P).
This new functionality will search through all previously opened files in your history. (The recently opened file list can only have up to 32 entries). This means that with Quick Open Previous, you no longer need to leave the editor and manually find a specific file if it has been previously opened even once. In a similar fashion, if you know the file directory you can use Quick file open instead.
- Quick open previously opened file:
\+ file name or part of file path / name
- Quick file open*:
source file path / directory address
- GoTo line, column, bookmark:
:+ line number / bookmark number or name
* wildcards (*) supported
Other notable updates…
HTML Tidy UI and commands list overhaul
Add/remove and rename output windowsa
Rename unsaved files
Copy 4+ GB data to clipboard (beyond Windows limit)
- Smarter positioning of child windows when opening off screen or on disconnected display
- Improved parsing of URL formats for right-click open
- Improved Reformat Paragraph with huge selections
- Optimized “Save selection as” with GBs of selected data
- Removed 160 byte limit on application title bar
- Addressed file locking issues when saving FTP files
- Addressed “Server signature does not match” issue with SFTP
- Improved selection while in column mode
- Addressed issue with duplicate characters in SSH log
- Added missing “To uppercase” command to key mapping
- Added file path and name to non-DOS line terminator prompt
- Addressed tool performance issue with “Show DOS box” enabled
- Further theming improvements
For the full list of new changes, head on over to our latest changes page.
Even faster performance, quality of life changes, and a series of “under the hood” improvements to the features you all know and love.
UltraEdit 2022 rounds up the best of the editor and makes it even better.
Rather than adding more functionality to an already extensive list, this release contains a series of optimizations that contribute significantly to an overall better code editing experience.
In this release, we’ve renewed our dedication to creating the best coding experience based on these three principles:
Load time, starup time, and overall UI responsiveness has been improved across the board.
Small UI tweaks and quality of life improvements in popular areas like column moden macros, and search among other.
These add up to a better experience for your users. The usability and performance of the editor should be overall more snappy and intuitive.
Never miss a beat
UltraEdit 2022 brings a host of performance optimizations to make sure no time is wasted on loading times.
• Macro playback speed has been greatly improved, with macros playing up to 75% faster. We’ve also added an option to minimize screen updates when macros and scripts are running to improve performance.
• You can also use
# comments to document your macros for easier maintenance.
Find String List (List lines containing string) improvements. Creating a list by string query now performs better on large files. Option is also added to automatically check for query updates.
Other notable updates:
• Column mode optimizations. Editing via column mode now is faster and works just as well on larger files.
• Find String List (List lines containing string) improvements. Creating a list by string query now performs better on large files. Option is also added to automatically check for query updates.
• Perl regular expression improvements. Improved memory handling to support more complex regexps.
UI just the way you like it
Your interface, your rules. Place and dock anything you need, hide the windows you don’t.
File view / explorer window improvements. File view tabs can now be selectively opened and split into separate dockable windows.
UI update: Windows and dialogs such as the command palette are now fully resizable.
Other notable updates
• Layout tabs to toggle any or all views you want displayed.
• Tools in ribbon now show more information (Hover to display extra tooltips).
Quality tools for quality work
Execute user tools on remote FTP files. Run tools on your remote FTP files
Real time tool updates. Using tools now provides feedback as they are executed.
Other notable updates
- Improved caret positioning with proportional characters and fonts
- Quality tweaks to make tool responses intuitive
- Tool output is now displayed in real-time
- Improved scaling for custom tool icons in toolbar
For the full list of new changes, head on over to our latest changes page.
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