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A Review of Skip Bremer's NotesPad Editor
Last updated: 5/21/02

Frequently, in my office/ shop, I edit text files, such as the AUTOEXEC.BAT, CONFIG.SYS, SYSTEM.INI, etc. to configure/troubleshoot computers. At other times I just want to adjust the Analog configuration file for Web statistics, etc. The list of these text edit jobs is long. I do them more frequently than I use MS Word to work on correspondence, newsletters, etc.

Yes, Windows has an adequate set of tools to perform text editor functions, perhaps too many. To edit configuration files, one can use the Windows 98 System Configuration Editor in System tools in Programs in Accessories in System Information, or Run sysedit or use Note Pad, WordPad, the DOS Editor, or a word processor, such as MS Word.  The various utilities are too specialized.  In my opinion, MS Word is too complicated for these simple jobs. Note Pad is too far at the other end of the spectrum. It often runs-out of memory too often, is functionally limited, and has no speller.  And I simply cannot not begin to express how annoyed I get when Win 98 version of Note Pad insists on sending me to the c:/My Documents directory--uh, folder-- every time I want to open a file.  I want to go to the directory, and, in particular, the drive, I previously used in the session. WordPad solves the memory problem, but is I don't use it because I don't want to fool around with (or trust) a word processor, albeit a very limited one, subbing as a text editor and it doesn't have a speller.

In a nut shell, I don't like Note Pad or Word Pad. Why use multiple tools with multiple interfaces when one good one should be able to do it all?  Don Z'Borey has solved this problem with NotesPad (note the "s," pun intended).  It does it all and does it better.

NotesPad is a text editor extraordinary.  It has a very good user interface and is easy to learn. It is feature-rich, but preserves the feeling that you are still using a text editor and one which won't muck-up your configuration files. What does it have and do?   Here is a short list:

  • It can handle up to 16 large files at once.
  • When you open the program, the files you last worked on are tabbed along the top of the display.
  • It remembers the status of your files when you last worked on them.  Click the tab of the file you want to work on and you will find the cursor right where you left it.
  • It remembers the last directory you last fetched or saved a file  and goes there when you fetch or save another one. 
  • It has a speller .
  • How about a favorites function for text files?
  • Define, load, and save sets of files; e.g., your computer configuration files.
  • Launch programs from the text editor.
  • Send an HTML file to a browser for viewing.
  • ...

I've written enough. There is a complete(?) list of features here.

I saved best part for last. Notespad is absolutely free. So, hop over to the above link and download yourself a copy. Thank you, Skip. It's a splendid piece of work!


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