HTMLPad is a sophisticated HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XHTML editor that includes an extensive list of professional features.

The program comes with templates for the speedy creation of HTML. CSS, WML, PHP and ASP documents, for instance. And it's easy to extend HTMLPad with additional templates of your own.

Code syntax highlighting makes it easier to read many web files (CSS, HTML, JavaScript, VBScript, PHP, ASP, XML and Perl are supported). But that's just the start. You also get autocomplete for HTML, CSS and JavaScript; a JavaScript Code Explorer helps you navigate your functions and jump straight to the script you need; and CSS and HTML Inspectors display the appropriate style properties and tag attributes for the code you select, and let you modify them from a panel. You don't have to remember the detailed syntax yourself.

At the core of the program, of course, is a very advanced and highly configurable text editor, that features both UTF-8 and UTF-16 Unicode support. But although HTMLPad is text based rather than WYSIWYG, HTML and CSS documents still get a very handy live preview window, which displays an updated view of your site as you make changes.

As you complete your work, a spellchecker and integration with CSE HTML Validator all help to ensure that your document is error-free. And when you're done, integrated FTP support means you can publish files directly to an FTP or SFTP server, then view them online.

HTMLPad 2015 brings:
   
- Better HTML/ CSS/ JavaScript support
- Improved text editor (indent lines/ guides, quick colour preview, 25 new syntax highlighting colour schemes)
- Updated built-in Chrome preview
- Improved FTP/ SFTP/ FTPS (tree view for browsing with drag/ drop support, upload whole directories to FTP, rRecursive CHMOD for whole directories)
- Easy plugin installation from web-based repository
- Many other fixes and updates

Verdict

A complex but extremely powerful web development tool