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I just downloaded and started playing with XML Notepad 2007 from Microsoft.  This is what it sounds like; a basic XML editor.  I still use Notepad++ (I just wish it had an automatic update checker--they keep coming out with new versions and the only time I realize it is when I link to their page and see that the version on the page is quite a it newer than the one I'm running) for most everything, but this seems like it'll be a little better for XML editing, so I'm going to take it for a longer spin.

Handy features include:

  • Tree View synchronized with Node Text View for quick editing of node names and values.
  • Incremental search (Ctrl+I) in both tree and text views, so as you type it navigates to matching nodes.
  • Cut/copy/paste with full namespace support.
  • Drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system.
  • Infinite undo/redo for all edit operations.
  • In place popup multi-line editing of large text node values.
  • Configurable fonts and colors via the options dialog.
  • Full find/replace dialog with support for regex and XPath.
  • Good performance on large XML documents, loading a 3mb document in about one second.
  • Instant XML schema validation while you edit with errors and warnings shown in the task list window.
  • Intellisense based on expected elements and attributes and enumerated simple type values.
  • Support for custom editors for date, dateTime and time datatypes and other types like color.
  • Handy nudge tool bar buttons for quick movement of nodes up and down the tree.
  • Inplace HTML viewer for processing xml-stylesheet processing instructions.
  • Built-in XML Diff tool.

Download it here.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 6:58 AM | Back to top

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