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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
05/23/05: Editor for large files
Tech Support Pits:
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I need an editor that can handle very large plain text
files and do reliable search/replace operations on them.
What do you recommend?
The best free editor is still NoteMaid. It is ancient and
quite basic, but rock solid. It can handle files up to
about 10 MB. You can download it free from
No ads, no time limit, no naggers. It's from the days
before those nuisances were invented.
If you need a more advanced editor, the most powerful
editor money can buy is UltraEdit from
It is actually a programmer's editor and does all kinds of
tricks like syntax highlighting, converting carriage returns
to line feeds and vice versa, and probably a lot of stuff
that you have never heard of. It even has a built in FTP
for up/downloading files to and from a server.
If you have to edit large database files or a books, then
UltraEdit is your best choice, and often the only one.
I have used UltraEdit for many years to write the
Humor Letter and I'm happy with it.
UltraEdit is not free, it's around $40, but worth every
penny, if you occasionally have to work with huge files.
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