Give my bio. For the past almost 4 years, I’ve been an “indie”, working on various APIs, speech related products, backup technologies, and a repeat client dealing with Web services. Over 21 years experience in technical writing, with experience in producing printed documentation in Microsoft Word and Adobe FrameMaker; various forms of context-sensitive online help such as Windows Help, HTML Help, WebHelp, and JavaHelp; Unix manpages; and producing documents for the Web. With a concentration on single-sourcing solutions, archiving, and recreating product documentation from revived products in my career.
APIs and SDKs: Breaking Into and Succeeding in a Specialty Market Ed Marshall Copyright 2009
Both tools have: Spell-checking. Big plus if you work in a mixed OS environment: Neither tool inserts Windows-style line feed characters in Unix files.
NoteTab Pro has an auto-complete option for html tags and other languages. Has a free version with reduced functionality. www.notetab.com $19.95, Lots of other tools here.
EditPad Pro has color-coding for custom html tags www.jgsoft.com $39. Free full-featured (except for Spell Check) evaluation download available. JG Soft has other tools such as a PowerGrep tool, Registry editor, and others.
Beyond Compare – Performs folder and file level comparisons, ASCII and binary. Can detect that ASCII or binary files are different but can only show the differences in ASCII files, not binary files. Highlights the specific characters different between 2 ASCII files. Has a 30-day full-featured free trial. www.scootersoftware.com/ Retail price: $30
Araxis Merge - Performs folder and file level comparisons, ASCII and binary. Has a 30-day free trial. www.araxis.com/merge/index.htm l Retail price: $129
Funduc – Searches & replaces both folders and zip files. Will search & replace ASCII and binary files. Will search binary files but cannot replace by itself. Has plug-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. http://www.funduc.com $25 Many other tools here also.
FAR (Find and Replace) – Search and replace tool, help decompiler / comparison tool. Two month free trial http://www.helpware.net/FAR/ Cost: buyer’s choice