An Editor In Your Browser

I've gradually been migrating away from my Mac and over to a Chromebook for the last year. I now have a good set of power tools, including a secure shell and excellent tools for remote desktop access. But as I have gradually been adapting to...

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I've gradually been migrating away from my Mac and over to a Chromebook for the last year. I now have a good set of power tools, including a secure shell and excellent tools for remote desktop access. But as I have gradually been adapting to using Chrome as my productivity environment, one big gap that's refused to close has been basic text editing. Yes, there are a variety of alternatives for word processing, but a decent text editor was elusive.

Fortunately, I have now found one that works well. It's called Caret and it's a real Goldilocks tool -- not too much of anything and just the right amount of everything, at least for me. It's based on an amazing Javascript component called Ace and offers syntax highlighting, multiple cursors and a high degree of configurability. Best of all (at least as a Chromebook user) it works offline. I'm using it for hacking configuration files, crafting HTML and for the small amounts of code fixing that I do these days. 

It's in the Chrome Web Store and the source is on Github. Well worth your time - many thanks to its creator Thomas Wilburn.