Text editors

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Programmers editors, generic text editors or word processors that have flexible enough in formatting options that they can be used to write and edit code with. The editor can be a native OS/2 program, a Windows or DOS compatible program that runs under the DOS or Win-OS/2 sub-systems or a program that requires a runtime that is currently available and supported under OS/2 such as Java.

While most recent programmers editors are native OS/2 applications there was in the 90's a number of family mode editors on the market, these are DOS applications that took advantage of OS/2 features when running under OS/2, with support for long file names, large files, extended codepages and so on. Unlike most other applications, text and programmers editors were much more acceptable to most users as DOS or Win-OS/2 applications in place of native apps, presumably since there was less need for specific OS/2 features in a text editor than in for instance word processors or because people were already married to a specific text editor that did not come in an OS/2 version, also OS/2 allowed you to run DOS in the same codepage as you used for native OS/2 even though your national codepage for DOS differed, meaning that you could edit text files using the same character sets under the DOS subsystem and OS/2.

Therefore there is less emphasis placed here on OS/2 only or native apps than in most other sections of the site.

Programmers editors

Text editors especially developed to edit source code and other text or binary files used for development purposes. These invariably include some automatic formatting and syntax highlighting features as a minimum, otherwise they are considered generic text editors.

Name Runtime IDE Capabilities UI MBCS REXX Macros Other macro language NLS Licence
BlackBeard/2 OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No No Keyboard only Shareware
Boxer OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No No Keyboard only DE Commercial
BRIEF OS/2 + DOS Yes Text mode No No Keyboard + LISP like language + CBRIEF C like language Commercial
Code Quill Java No GUI No No ?? EN Shareware
Condor Editor DOS Very limited Text mode No No Commercial
EBE OS/2 Yes GUI No No No Open Source
elvis OS/2 + DOS No Text mode + X11 GUI No No No Open Source
Emacs OS/2 + DOS Yes Text mode No No LISP like Open Source
Enhanced Editor OS/2 Yes GUI No Yes E UK, DE, FR, RU, ES, BR, DU, DK, SE and more Commercial
Fast Editor Lite OS/2 Very limited Text mode No Yes EN Open Source
FTE OS/2 + DOS Limited Text mode No No EN Open Source
Future Wave Editor OS/2 Limited GUI DBCS Yes No JP RU Shareware
Hybrid Editor XE OS/2 + DOS + Java Very limited Text mode DBCS Yes Simple C like language for parsing (Syntax highlighting etc) JP Open Source
ISPF OS/2 + DOS + WinOS/2 No Text mode + GUI Yes Commercial
JED OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No No C like Open Source
jEdit Java Yes GUI Unicode No No Open Source
KEDIT OS/2 + DOS Very limited Text mode No No Yes Commercial
Kudzu Text Editor (KEd) OS/2 No Text mode No No No Open Source
KON Editor OS/2 Very limited GUI No No C like Open Source
LPEX (IBM VisualAge products) OS/2 Yes GUI Yes CN, JP, DE Commercial - only shipped as part of other products
Lugaru Epsilon OS/2 + DOS Very limited Text mode No No C like Commercial
MED OS/2 No GUI No No DE Shareware
Magma Editor OS/2 No Text mode No No C like + keyboard ES Commercial
MicroEMACS OS/2 + DOS No No Open Source
Microsoft Editor OS/2 + DOS Very limited Text mode No No No Commercial - only shipped as part of other products
NEdit OS/2 (X11) Very limited X11 GUI No No C like Open Source
Pedit DOS No Text mode No No Keyboard only Freeware
Preditor/2 OS/2 No No Shareware
ProEdit OS/2 No Text mode No No No Freeware
Program Editor OS/2 No GUI No No Freeware
Programmer's File Editor WinOS/2 No GUI No No Keyboard only Freeware
QEdit OS/2 + DOS No Text Mode No No Keyboard + Pascal like DE Commercial
Rand Editor OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No No Open Source
RimStar OS/2 Limited GUI No No Commercial
Sage Professional Editor OS/2 + DOS Yes Text mode No C like Commercial
SourceLink OS/2 - GUI No Yes No Commercial
SPF/2 OS/2 - - No Yes - Commercial
TEA OS/2 - - Unicode No - Open Source
THE OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No Yes No Open Source - GNU GPL
Tritus SPF OS/2 - - No Yes - Commercial
VEDIT OS/2 + DOS No Text Mode No No Yes Commercial
vi No Text mode No No No Open Source
Vile OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No No No Open Source
vim OS/2 + DOS + WinOS/2 Limited Text mode No No Open Source
Visual SlickEdit OS/2 + DOS + WinOS/2 Yes GUI No C like with REXX like parsing EN Commercial
X2 Programmer's Editor OS/2 + DOS Very limited Text mode No Yes No Freeware
xvi OS/2 + DOS No PM Text mode No No No Open Source

Generic text editors

Name Runtime Type Binary Ed. UI MBCS REXX Macros Other macro language NLS License
EDLIN DOS No Line mode No included in DOS
Enhanced E & Enhanced EE OS/2 Generic No GUI Freeware (EE) & Shareware (EEE)
FlexEdit OS/2 In-memory Yes GUI No Keyboard only Freeware
Full Screen Editor DOS In-memory No Text mode No Commercial
MinEd DOS Multi-charset No Text mode Unicode No No Open source
OS/2 System Editor OS/2 Multi-charset No PM DBCS No DE, FR, ES included in OS/2
Personal Editor DOS - No Text mode No IBM
Professional Editor DOS - No Text mode No IBM
T/Tinyed OS/2 + DOS No Text mode No DE, ES, FR, NL, DK, SE, IC IBM

Word processors

Name Runtime Plain text editing UI MBCS REXX Macros Other macro language NLS License
Ability Plus DOS Yes Text mode No No No DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, HU (freeware version English only) Commercial - Now freeware
Borland Sprint DOS Yes Text mode No No C like - Compiled DE, FR Commercial
Carta Certa DOS + WinOS/2 Yes Text mode (DOS) + GUI (Win) No No PT Commercial
CA-Textor OS/2 + WinOS/2 Yes GUI No No No DE, UK, FR Commercial
Clearlook OS/2 Yes GUI No No No Commercial
Describe OS/2 Yes GUI DE, FR Commercial
Displaywrite OS/2 + DOS Yes Text mode EN, DE, FR Commercial
Final Word DOS Yes Text mode No No Yes EN Commercial
Locoscript DOS Yes Text mode No No EN Commercial
Lotus Word Pro OS/2 + WinOS/2 Yes GUI DBCS In a roundabout way LotusScript IE, ES, SE, BR, NL, FI, FR, DE, DK, NO, IT Commercial
Microsoft Word OS/2 + DOS + WinOS/2 Yes Text mode + GUI No No UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL Commercial - Some versions now freeware
OpenOffice Writer OS/2 Yes GUI No No No DE, EN, NL, ES Open source
PC-Write DOS Yes Text mode No No No IC Commercial
Pipedream DOS Sort of Text mode No No No Commercial
StarWriter OS/2 + DOS Yes GUI + Text mode No No DE, EN, NL Commercial
StarOffice OS/2 Yes GUI No No Java DE, EN, NL, ES Commercial
VDE DOS Yes Text mode No No Yes EN Was shareware - now free

Special feature text editors

Name Runtime Type UI MBCS REXX Macros Other macro language NLS Licence
Andy's Editor OS/2 + DOS Folding editor VIO No ext. No Freeware
Einfalt OS/2 Non-modal GUI Unicode Limited No IC Propriety
HTE OS/2 Binary/exe editor Text mode No No Keyboard only Open source
LaCoD OS/2 + DOS LaTeX editor Text mode No No Keyboard only Commercial
QXmlEdit OS/2 Qt based XML editor GUI Unicode No None Open source
TeXPERT OS/2 + DOS LaTeX/emTeX/TeX editor Text mode No No Keyboard only DE Commercial