Product Reviews

Boxer 9.0

This text editor has been around for quite a long time - I can remember using it way back in its DOS incarnation (and they even had -- and still have! -- an extended DOS version). Now it's a Windows text editor and a darned good one.

I am especially taken with Boxer's nice little touches when it comes to HTML editing. For example, you can open a file from an FTP site and then forget about the FTP part; saves just do the right thing. The spell-checker can ignore HTML tags, but the parser color-codes them nicely. If you hover your mouse over a color hex value, you'll get a tiny popup hint window showing the specified color. There's a template set (a set of canned text strings) just for inserting HTML tags.

Boxer also excels at basic text editing operations. Nice functions include columnar support, swapping lines, case manipulation, swapping words, duplicate line, and multiple clipboard support. And that's just a random selection. Also notable is the configurability; there are many options you can tweak to make Boxer work the way you want (although the out of the box defaults are pretty good themselves).

If you're looking for something midway between a freeware editor with few functions and a full-blown IDE, Boxer might be just the tool you were after.

[This review originally appeared in

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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