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Thread poster: Joshua Carmody
Joshua Carmody  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:10
Japanese to English
Sep 1, 2005

Can anyone recommend a free (or cheap, if it's good) text editor that supports multiple encoding formats? I need support for ASCII, UTF-8, EUC-JP, and Shift-JIS in one program, with the ability to convert between them (by opening/resaving). I've been using the shareware program EmEdit, which is pretty good, but it's not quite full-featured enough to warrant shelling out the $40 when my evaluation expires.

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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:10
English to German
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.. Sep 1, 2005

You could try Simredo, which is a free Java based Unicode editor. To my knowledge, it supports a number of encodings. Although I don't know exactly if it meets your requirements. See
http://www4.vc-net.ne.jp/~klivo/sim/simeng.htm

Another one is SC Unipad, again a freeware Unicode editor, Windows only. See http://www.unipad.org/main/

None of these are sophisticated wordprocessor, but rather plain text editors that can save text in various encodings.

HTH.

Sonja


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Joshua Carmody  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:10
Japanese to English
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Almost, but still looking Sep 1, 2005

Thanks. The java one is a little too rough for me, although it does the job. Unipad is exactly the sort of thing that I need, except it doesn't handle enough formats. I need a program that also reads/saves Shift-JIS and EUC-JP. If I can't find one I may just end up paying for EmEdit.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 11:10
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Unired and PSPad Sep 2, 2005

Joshua Carmody wrote:
Can anyone recommend a free (or cheap, if it's good) text editor that supports multiple encoding formats?


Simredo is nice if you have Java and Windows 2000+. Unired can handle Unicode characters and works on Windows 95+. I can't remember if PSPad can do Unicode, but it's the only freeware text editor that I know of that runs on W95+ with *full regex*.

http://www.esperanto.mv.ru/UniRed/ENG/index.html
http://www.pspad.com/en/


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