A significant element of a powerful IDE is a programmer's editor or code editor. It serves as the core foundation of any IDE. UEStudio is built on the chassis of the renowned UltraEdit. As such, the program's backbone is highly seasoned, stable, and already proven as the defacto standard of text and programmer's editors.
Because UltraEdit is so powerful, many of our users already use it as an IDE and have provided us feature requests to extend that functionality. Together, we have taken those requests, our own ideas, and the concept of a supercharged IDE and produced what we consider to be a powerful application with new and exciting features such as native support for over 30 popular compilers, integrated CVS version control, built-in class browsing, language intelligence (like Intellisense), project converter, batch builder, and an integrated debugger to name just a few!
# What are Environments?
An environment allows you to toggle between editor layouts so as to allow you the ability to switch menus, toolbars, dockable windows, customized templates, and more based on your tasks/needs. Environments provide a way for you to customize the editor exactly as you'd like, and then save and switch to it at the click of a button. Visit our environments power tip to learn more.
# Open an Environment in a new instance
Should you wish to maintain your current environment while switching over to a new one in a new instance of the application, you can easily do so by CTRL + clicking on the environment you'd like to switch to!
# Web Developer features
# UEStudio featurePHP Debugging support
UEStudio provides an inteface for PHP debugging through a local server installed on your system and XDebug. Once you have both of these installed and enabled on your local workstation, you can use UEStudio to run your PHP scripts with extended debugging support including stepping through your scripts, variable watching, error reporting, and call stack window.
# XML Manager
Access a parsed tree-style view of your XML-based files - any XML-based file including XHTML! Open up the XML Manager window and scroll through the XML tree to view parent/child nodes and elements. The collapsible nodes give you the ability to inspect one or more branches at a time, allowing you to see only what you want to see, and the XML Manager icons provide visual indicators of element types. The right-click context menu in the XML Manager gives you the ability to select and delete elements, cut/copy/paste elements, and duplicate elements. Frustrated with XML log files or error logs lacking new line characters? The XML Manager makes dealing with these a cinch! Browse elements in the XML tree view and double-click to jump to the element in the file - even if there are no line breaks!
# WebSearch toolbar
The WebSearch toolbar allows you to highlight a selection of text within the editor and then search for that text in your default browser on any number of search engines. For instance, perhaps you've downloaded a PHP file from your server that calls a PHP function that you don't know. Simply highlight the function and click the PHP.net icon on the WebSearch toolbar, and your query is sent to PHP.net for the function in question. The WebSearch toolbar currently provides search support for the following sites:
Network Solutions Whois
MSDN online search
# UEStudio featureIntegrated Debugger toolbar
The integrated debugger in UEStudio provides integrated building and running of your applications in debug mode. To learn more about these tools and how to set up integrated debugging, read our quickstart guide on using the integrated debugger.
# Function list
The function list displays all the functions in the active file/project. Double clicking on a function name in the list repositions the file to the desired function. Also, as you navigate through a file, the function selected in the list changes to indicate what function the cursor currently is located in.
# HTML taglist
The HTML taglist provides quick access to commonly-used HTML tags that are inserted upon clicking, saving you the trouble of typing out the tag. To modify the tag list, simply right-click anywhere in the window and select "Modify Tags".
Templates are user-created chunks of text that you may use repeatedly for many of your editing tasks. For instance, instead of typing out a new HTML document's DOCTYPE declaration, you could type it into a new template, then quickly access it via the templates list. UEStudio supports up to 50 user-created templates, and the Web Developer environment template list is populated with a collection of several commonly used HTML code chunks.
# File format conversion tools
Use these tools to convert files from one format to another. UEStudio supports file conversions between DOS, Unix, and Mac files, as well as Unicode, UTF-8, EBCDIC, OEM, ASCII, Big Endian, and more.
UEStudio featureScript toolbar
Did you know you can run your PHP/Ruby scripts, check the script output, and check your PHP/Ruby syntax all from within UEStudio? The script toolbar includes these options for running and parsing PHP and Ruby scripts. For more information on using the PHP/Ruby script tools, please see the PHP support and Ruby support sections of the UEStudio tour.
# HTML toolbar
The HTML toolbar allows you to insert standard HTML formatting code into the active document, greatly speeding up your web development process. You can modify the existing (standard) tags or create your own.
# Advanced web development toolbar
These advanced web development tools offer some expanded functionality for heavier or more advanced HTML development.
Color picker: The enhanced color picker allows you to sample/create/insert color values in decimal, hex, HTML, RGB color values. You may also use the "nearest color" function to insert standard HTML color names such as antique white or blanched almond into the active document.
Style builder: The CSS2 style builder provides a graphical interface anyone from novice to advanced can use to create CSS2 styles related to images, text, margins and padding.
HTML Tidy: This button provides an interface for configuring and executing HTML Tidy on the currently open document. For XML developers, UEStudio also includes support for XMLLint.
CSE HTML Validator: For CSE HTML Validator users, UEStudio provides a gateway to run HTML validation on your current document. CSE HTML Validator is an excellent utility that validates HTML, XML and other files. Through this feature, UEStudio provides integration of the validator so that it may be run directly from UEStudio. Its output will be captured and shown on the output window.
To make use of this feature, CSE HTML Validator must be installed on your system. All support and information regarding the use of CSE HTML Validator must be requested directly from its developers (not affiliated with IDM).
# FTP/SFTP/FTPS and SSH/telnet
UEStudio natively supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS connections with its integrated FTP console, as well as SSH/telnet with an integrated console. This toolbar provides quick access to the FTP/SFTP/FTPS and SSH/telnet options, such as the FTP account manager, Open From/Save As to FTP, SSH/telnet account manager, and the toggle button for the SSH/telnet docked console. For more information on FTP/SFTP, please visit our FTP power tip.
# UEStudio featureTabbed output window
UEStudio supports a tabbed output window with four different tabs allowing output to be written and stored separately without overwriting the results of previously run functions. The advantage of the tabbed output window is that multiple functions may be executed and the dynamically generated output of these functions may be stored separately for future reference (during the active editing session). For more information on using the tabbed output window, please visit the output window section in our UEStudio tour.
You can also add your own search engines to the WebSearch toolbar by configuring a user tool. A step-by-step guide for this is available here.
# Browser preview tools
The ability to preview your HTML code inside a browser is essential for any web developer. UEStudio provides the ability to show the current file in your default browser, or show the current file in the browser view WITHIN the editor itself. Use the refresh button to update your changes.
# SSH/telnet console
Perform all of your command line operations from the SSH/telnet console within UEStudio! Configure and save multiple accounts, copy and paste between the console and the edit window, and keep multiple terminal connections open with the "add/remove terminal" feature. Get started with SSH/telnet by reading our SSH power tip.
# Syntax Highlighting
Syntax highlighting allows you to visually sort your code by highlighting related parts of the source code as different colors. For instance, if you're editing HTML files, you may want all (heading) tags to highlight a certain color, while your tags will highlight differently. This is all defined in the wordfile - a collection of language-specific keywords from where UEStudio draws its syntax highlighting. UEStudio includes syntax highlighting support for as many as 20 highlighting languages at once, but there are wordfiles for almost any coding language available for download from our site, which may be added to your main wordfile.txt. You can also build your own build your own wordfile for syntax highlighting.
Syntax highlighting also provides code folding, brace matching, autoindentation, autocorrection, and more.
# UEStudio featureTabbed Workspace Manager with Classviewer
Enhanced file tree view with tabs for displaying files for the active Project, a listing of currently open files, or an Explorer-like view of available drives/directories, and access to your FTP/SFTP accounts in the tree view. Also includes filters and a "Lists" tab for maintaining favorite file groups. UEStudio includes a Classviewer tab at the bottom of the workspace manager for a parsed visual representation of the active development project. To learn how to use the classviewer, read our classviewer power tip.
# Status Bar
UEStudio's status bar holds a wealth of information for you. Included on the status bar are the cursor's line and column numer, file format information, syntax highlighting language information, the file's last modification date and time, file size, current selected clipboard information, and more.
# Powerful Find and Replace
UEStudio is famous for its powerful find/find and replace dialogs which now supports multi-line find and replace operations, allowing you to easily search for (and replace) multiple lines of text with the click of a button.
You'll also be able to easily access recently-used search phrases as well as search favorites via our search and replace history and favorites buttons on the dialog. The dialogs also include Advanced options for advanced search operations such as regular expressions, columnar search, and the ability to output a list of lines containing your search string.
With UEStudio's powerful find and replace engine, you can search through a single open file, all open files, or any directory on your system. Easily accessed with CTRL + F for Find, or CTRL + R for replace, you'll quickly find that our powerful search engine is a tool you simply can't do without.