Android: Monospace was already a nice, distraction-free text editor when we first took a look at it last year. Now, the app is leaving beta and it's getting a few handy new features, including organising your notes with hashtags.
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Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): Editra, a free, cross-platform text editor, is a great lightweight solution for anyone who does coding, HTML work, or just a good amount of plain text editing. Similar to Notepad++, but with a whole lot of extras, the editor features tabbed files, context and code highlighting, theme-able icons and look, session saving, transparency support, auto-completion, and lots of indent and context tools that will make coders feel right at home. Even if you're not code-savvy, the editor packs a lot of features in without feeling overly crowded. Editra is a free download for Windows, Mac, or Linux systems. Editra
LaTeX is a word processing and typesetting application that gets shout-outs from our commenters whenever bibliographies or other academic documents are needed. Now non-experienced users can try out the LaTeX platform without downloading anything using MonkeyTex.com, a free webapp that lets you upload, write, and save LaTeX documents, as well as collaborate and export to PDF. Keyboard shortcuts and template creation also contributes to MonkeyTex's usefulness, inside or outside the halls of academia. For a decent introduction to the commands and features of LaTeX, check out the PDF link at this site.
TextMate is a super-powered word processor beloved by coders and productivity geeks like Merlin Mann and Matt Haughey and available in a Windows port, but where does that leave Linux users? If they haven't already fallen under the sway of Vi or Emacs, they can download a few files and plug-ins to give GNOME's default text editor, gedit, many of the features—including word completion, quick file browsing, and highlighting switches—that Mac users have enjoyed for so long. Some of the plug-ins touted by the handy guide below are installed by default in gedit and just require an enabling click, while others require a bit of unpacking and placement. For writers and coders just getting started, it could make gedit a great learning tool with a gentler learning curve.
Windows only: Love Vi and want it and all its settings with you on every Windows PC you use? Grab a copy of GVim Portable, a self-contained, thumb drive-friendly version of the GVim (GUI Vi Improved) text editor, which includes with a configurable .vimrc and GVimPortable.ini that customises and contains all your preferred settings. Reader Mike sent in a screengrab of his GVim Portable setup sportin' a bitstream font (pictured above.) GVim Portable is a free download for Windows only. Thanks, Mike!GVim Portable Home Page