Tool Notepad++ vs Atom

Discussion in 'Starbound Modding' started by Tamamo89, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Tamamo89

    Tamamo89 Pangalactic Porcupine

    I've been using Notepad++ for years now and swear bye it. A lot of people would; however, I recently came across Atom.
    My question is simple. Can someone with experience with both programs compare and contrast the two programs on a detailed level. Thanks in advance!
  2. The | Suit

    The | Suit Agent S. Forum Moderator

    For basic functions both are essentially the same.
    Atom does have a few advantages.

    For one thing it opens all related files in the folder at once. So you can quickly switch between and compare files.
    Also while Notepad++ does Find in Files and Folders Search - atom uses a Find in Project method instead.

    A Project is considered "Every Working File" - this tends to be a bit confusing at times as if you ant to search your unpacked folder for references - you will need to add it to your project.

    Though I think the strongest point to atom is the UI - which I think trumps notepad++ by a mile.

    Though I personally used all 3; Sublime \ Notepad++ \ Atom.
    I am a huge fan of Sublimes search capabilities - but love atoms UI.
    Also out of the 3 - atom is the only one which can open images in the application it self.

    I don't have too much praise for notepad++ anymore.

    2 Plugins I recommend for Atom.IO

    It will check for errors as you type.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2016
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  3. Ledhead

    Ledhead Phantasmal Quasar

    So what you're saying Is if I am using sublime atm stick with it?
  4. Tamamo89

    Tamamo89 Pangalactic Porcupine

    Just checked out Atom. Wow just wow, mind blown.
    Thanks for the plugins btw. Definitely going to need a JSON linter!
  5. The | Suit

    The | Suit Agent S. Forum Moderator

    Functionality Wise - sublime is a lot better, so yes. It is faster and more optimized as well.
    Though Aesthetically Wise - Atom is a vast improvement over sublime.
  6. Kasiko

    Kasiko Void-Bound Voyager

    Forgot about the wonderful editor Sublime Text. Which at times exceeds the notepad ++
  7. projectmayhem

    projectmayhem Spaceman Spiff

    For a noob who mainly copies and paste, should I stick with notepad++ or should I start looking into these other editors? I rarely do anything from scratch.
  8. Dankmods420

    Dankmods420 Big Damn Hero

    I was in the same boat until recently. Notepad++ is a great tool, but being able to work on several things on the same screen has proven to be far more efficient with this kind of modding.
  9. The | Suit

    The | Suit Agent S. Forum Moderator

    I perfer Atom and Sublime.
    The number of plugins and powerful tools available to you really outshines notepad ++

    If you want something simple and don't want to over complicate things, go with Notepad++

    If you perfer to have the most tools available to you, Atom.
  10. TheElderScroller

    TheElderScroller Pangalactic Porcupine

  11. AngleWyrm

    AngleWyrm Scruffy Nerf-Herder

    Does Atom provide the search for text inside files function that comes with Notepad++ ?

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