Best Free Code Editor – Bluefish!

If you’re a programmer or a web designer who’s looking for a powerful code editor which is completely free, can be used in GNU/Linux, MS Windows and Mac OSX … then Bluefish is certainly one of the best!. From massive amount of features to user friendly UI, it’s a pretty handy utility.

One of the great things about Bluefish editor is that, thanks to the well designed toolbars, changing fonts, adding different tags (H1/H2…), tables, links or changing formats etc is extremely easy!.

As said, it’s designed to target programmers and web designers and has inbuilt code editing with multi programming language support, lets you test run scripts (with HTML5 support) and a lot of other features.

*. Create C/C header, XML, HTML and PHP header/container files (or plain text -- which is the default).

*. Change font/size/Bold/italic and tags etc.

*. Add tables and charts.

*. Insert images or thumbnails.

*. Enable/Disable line numbers.

*. Spell checking.

*. A full screen view.

*. Side pane that makes opening documents easy (somewhat a “usual” feature for modern editors anyway).

*. Add/delete different formatting (“del, ins, citation” etc), list styles, frames etc.

*. Create and manage your work in “projects”.

*. Add URL to text, wrap, word count, add bookmarks etc.

*. Syntax highlighting.

*. Tabs and split views.

*. Log output window at the bottom.

*. Search and replace.

*. Huge list of programming language support: PHP, C/C++, CSS, Java/Java-Script, Pascal, Peal, Python, ASP … are just a few to mention.

*. Plugin support.

*. Render created pages using web browsers such as Firefox, Chromium, Konqueror etc.

*. Add/Remove comments.

*. Add dialogs forms (with wizards which makes the whole process a breeze).

*. As mentioned before, it has excellent support for the never HTML5 standard (audio/video/canvas/time etc).

These are again just a fraction of its features to mention. With the 2.2 version, Bluefish now only shows a handful of programming languages in the main UI but you can add more from its preferences window nonetheless.

You can install Bluefish editor in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 10.10 easily thanks to the PPA provided by Klaus. For that, as usual, type the below commands in your Terminal window.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install bluefish

For other GNU/Linux users (including older versions of Ubuntu) and other OS platforms please visit this Bluefish Download page.

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