Comparisons

ChatGPT alternatives for coding. Comparisons between 16x Prompt and other tools such as GitHub Copilot and Cursor.

16x Prompt vs ChatGPT

16x Prompt is designed to be used together with ChatGPT. Instead of writing prompt directly in ChatGPT interface, you "compose" it in 16x Prompt and then copy-paste it into ChatGPT.

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There are several advantages of this approach:

Source code context

You can manage your source code files locally within 16x Prompt app and choose which files to include in the prompt. They are linked to your local file system and kept up-to-date automatically.

This eliminates the need to copy-paste code from your code editor or upload files for each prompt.

Formatting instructions

By default, ChatGPT doesn't come with formatting instructions, resulting in response that are too long or too verbose.

If you turn on the Custom Instructions feature in ChatGPT, it might pollute your non-coding conversations and make ChatGPT output code for general questions.

16x Prompt embeds formatting instructions into the prompt, making the output compact and suitable for copy-pasting directly into your code editor.

You can also create different custom formatting instructions in 16x Prompt to fit your needs, for example, one for React and another for Python.

16x Prompt vs GitHub Copilot

More Powerful GPT-4 Model

16x Prompt allows you to access the latest GPT-4 model that comes with ChatGPT Plus subscription.

GitHub Copilot uses an older model called OpenAI Codex, which is based on GPT-3.

Complexity of Task

GitHub Copilot is designed to generate code inline, modifying specific lines of code. This limits the complexity of tasks it can complete to just a few lines of code.

16x Prompt, on the other hand, is designed to generate code at the task level, i.e., it can complete more complex tasks that span across multiple files.

For example:

  • You can generate both the front-end and back-end code for a web application within a single prompt.
  • You can generate MySQL schema and API endpoints for a new backend feature within a single prompt.

16x Prompt vs Cursor

Access GPT-4 for Free with ChatGPT Plus subscription

To use GPT-4 model in Cursor, you need to either pay for API usage or use a paid plan.

16x Prompt allows you to access GPT-4 for free by utilizing your existing ChatGPT Plus subscription.

Complexity of Task

Cursor is designed to generate code inline, modifying specific lines of code. This limits the complexity of tasks it can complete to just a few lines of code.

16x Prompt, on the other hand, is designed to generate code at the task level, i.e., it can complete more complex tasks that span across multiple files.

For example:

  • You can generate both the front-end and back-end code for a web application within a single prompt.
  • You can generate MySQL schema and API endpoints for a new backend feature within a single prompt.

16x Prompt vs aider

Command line vs desktop app

aider is a command line tool. It requires you to run commands in the terminal to add source code files as context.

16x Prompt is a desktop app that provides a graphical user interface for composing prompts and managing source code files.

Final output

aider generates code and git commits directly.

16x Prompt generates prompts that you can either copy-paste into ChatGPT or send to the model.

Black-box vs transparent model

aider is a black-box tool. You don't have control over the final prompt that is sent to the model.

16x Prompt uses a more transparent model, which allows you to see the final prompt. You can also customize or edit the final prompt via a range of options.

Table of Comparison

16x PromptChatGPTGitHub CopilotCursor
Type of ProductPrompt augmentation workspaceChatbotCode completion toolIDE/Code completion tool
PricingLifetime LicenseMonthly SubscriptionMonthly SubscriptionMonthly Subscription or Pay per API call
Complexity of TaskComplex task across multiple filesComplex task across multiple filesSimple tasks in the same fileSimple tasks in the same file
Access GPT-4Yes
(via ChatGPT Plus)
Yes
(via ChatGPT Plus)
NoYes
(Pay for API usage or paid plan)
Manage Local Source Code FilesYesNoYesYes
Best ModelGPT-4
(with ChatGPT Plus)
GPT-4
(with ChatGPT Plus)
OpenAI Codex
(2021)
GPT-4
(Pay for API usage or paid plan)
Output Formatting InstructionsYesCustom instructions
(affect non-coding conversations)
NoNo
Use Alternative ModelsYesNoNoNo
Final OutputPrompt
Chat response (via OpenAI API)
Chat responseCode
Chat response
Code
Chat response

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