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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--5/18/2000

By ebott ·
Last week I asked for Explorer replacements. This week the Challenge is to replace the underpowered Notepad with a real editor (but please, don't nominate Edlin). Two ground rules: 1. Be sure to include the URL where I can find the software. 2. Don't forget to list the killer feature(s) that make this one worth sending Notepad to the Recycle Bin. I'll hand out 250 points to each nominee. This challenge closes at the end of the day on Thursday, May 25.

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by mrbjh In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Ed, I use and recommend a program by IDM Products called "UltraEdit".

checkout http://www.ultraedit.com/products/features.html for a list of its features because there are too many to mention

and http://www.ultraedit.com/downloads/index.htmlfor the UltraEdit download

Give it a go! Because i know i certainly couldnt live without it.

Ben

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by jeffrey.w.hughes In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

http://www.textpad.com

I've found TextPad to be an excellent replacement for notepad. Not only does it support text files and HTML but also JAVA.
Multiple files open at one time
Supports several languages, including double bit characters
Autoformatting and color coding when programming in JAVA and HTML

SHAREWARE

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by tesweeney In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

EditPad (v. 3.5.1)
http://www. jgsoft.com

I was just introduced to this recently by a co-worker. Killer features:

- open multiple files at once (provides tabs at the top to switch between files)
- Move between files using the View menu or keyboard shortcuts
- right-click on the open folder to get a list of files recently accessed
- clears obsolete or all recently accessed files
- can set preferences for file saving and printing
- only one instance runs at a time unless you specifically choose to open more then one (View > New Editor)
- Quick conversion between uppercase to lowercase to title case
- ability to e-mail the file from within EditPad
- Close one or all files
- Easily move or rename the file

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by david.howell In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Ed,

I vote for a little app called Metapad. For a notepad replacement, I do not want a large program that has "tons" of features. I want a program that will load instantly. Metapad has several cool features that are listed below, but there are 2that I really like:
1. You can close metapad instantly by hitting the ESC key.
2. You can set it up to pass the currently loaded file to your "big gun" text editor if you need to do some fancy editing. This can be tied to a keystroke. In my case, I use CTRL-L which pulls up TextPad (my "serious" editor) with the file I had open in Metapad and also closes Metapad.

Here are the other Metapad features:
Persistent window placement
Dirty file notification (see screenshot)
Intelligent Find and Replace
External viewer support (e.g. web browser)
Usable accelerator keys (Ctrl+S, Ctrl+N, etc.)
Dual customizable font support
Optional Quick Exit (Esc key)
Configurable tab stop setting
Auto-indent mode
Go to Line/Column
Seamless UNIX text file sup

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by msrobe3 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

TextPad
http://www.textpad.com

Features include:
* Macros
* Multiple favors of ASCII supported(e.g., PC & UNIX)
* Excellent search tool (works like grep)
* Multiple files open simultaineously
* Block select and editing
* Bracket matching
* Bookmarking
* Clip libraries for HTML characters & tags; ANSI characters; control characters; DOS characters
* Multiple view settings (line numbers, white space, etc.)
* Multiple document classes (e.g., C/C++; HTML; Java; Text

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