Feature Request: Simple way to edit files without the project wizard.

I've been using the latest version of Pycharm and they have added an open directory feature to quickly open a directory and start editing the files instead of having go through the new process wizard which is overkill for using Idea to edit python projects.  This by the way seems to create a project out of the folder you opened too.

Also Netbeans has a favorites feature that lets you directly access the file system and add directories to manage directly within the favorites panel.  It even picks up versioned files and let's you manage them that way as well.

Are these features something that could be Added to Intellij Idea?  It's really been the one thing that's been keeping me from switching, no simple way to edit files and folders without creating a project first, and sometimes the "project" you want to open doesn't really fit into the option set inside the project wizard.

Thanks,

Charlie

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Hello Charlie,

First of all, if you already hava a project open, you can use the File |
Open File... action to open an arbitrary file in the IDE without any configuration.

Java projects typically require considerably more configuration than Python
ones (you need to know the roots of the package hierarchy, the location of
the JDK, the libraries etc.), and so if you open an arbitrary folder as a
Java project, you would most likely get nothing but red code.

In the end, IDEA is not really designed to be used as a simple text editor
- dedicated tools are usually better for that purpose.

I've been using the latest version of Pycharm and they have added an
open directory feature to quickly open a directory and start editing
the files instead of having go through the new process wizard which is
overkill for using Idea to edit python projects.  This by the way
seems to create a project out of the folder you opened too.

Also Netbeans has a favorites feature that lets you directly access
the file system and add directories to manage directly within the
favorites panel.  It even picks up versioned files and let's you
manage them that way as well.

Are these features something that could be Added to Intellij Idea?
It's really been the one thing that's been keeping me from switching,
no simple way to edit files and folders without creating a project
first, and sometimes the "project" you want to open doesn't really fit
into the option set inside the project wizard.

Thanks,

Charlie

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I realize that IntelliJ needs complicated setup for Java projects, however because it lists support for so many other types of languages such as html, xml, js, css, php, python (only needs a global sdk at minimum), etc.. IMHO it really should support the ability to open an arbitrary *collection* of files for editing.  I really like the Pycharm IDE and am considering buying it when it's released, but I have also been getting into Grails development, as well as Java, so I'm considering using Idea with the python plugin instead so I can have support for all of them.  Having the ability to open up a directory makes setting up an existing python project a breeze without having to configure modules and as sorts of who knows what.  It's also nice for projects consisting of many files that do not require complex configurations.  Again one of the main reasons I currently use Netbeans as my IDE of choice at the moment (besides it's fantastic python support) is it's favorites feature where I can do exactly what I'm talking about above and even manage several different repositories in this way as well.

Ultimately it's up to your discretion as to what you add to your flagship product this is merely a suggestion.

Thank you for your thoughts and responding to me so quickly,

Charlie

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