Jarte

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 120 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5
  • Total Downloads:
    154,795
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 25, 2012
  • Price:
    Free; Paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    3.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    69
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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The first thing users of this freeware WordPad/Notepad replacement will notice is the unusual interface. Jarte actually uses a simple layout, with a default brushed-metal skin and mouse-over icons that reveal standard Menu bar drop-down menus, but this isn't your basic 1990s UI. Just the mere fact of having something different to look at is appealing, and generally it works well. The icons are a bit small, and there's a fair bit of empty space around them so they look somewhat bereft of context.

It turns out Jarte has two other interface schemes. One is an expanded "classic" layout, while the other is a minimalist and familiar Menubar. Behind these different approaches lies many familiar writing and note-taking tools bolstered by small tweaks that make Jarte's appeal obvious. A mouse-over chart icon gives you word, character, page, and line counts. Table, special character, and equation support make Jarte a good, lightweight editor, but the built-in scalable screen-capping utility push it towards greatness. The included spell-checker was adequate, but not great, although the clipboard can hold 25 items at once. DOC, RTF and TXT formats are supported, and there's an Export tool that converts documents into PDFs and HTML. Like other Notepad replacements, Jarte offers tabs for keeping multiple files open at once.

The stability issues and function failures of previous versions were non-existent in our latest test of Jarte. The clickless, mouse-over-based navigation may sound a bit intimidating, but it makes getting around in the app noticeably fast. If you're in the market for a Notepad or WordPad alternative, Jarte's mix of style and utility is about as different from the mainstream as you can get.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"A Great Unique and 100% Fully Functional Word Processor"

February 09, 2013  |  By Imogen7Ryan

 |  Version: Jarte 4.5

Pros

Jarte is completely different to most Word Processors. It has a very clean interface without all the complex and hardly ever used features of the more popular ones. Yet it does everything that you would ever need it to do. Its layout is so different which makes it extremely unique and a joy to work with. Plus its document formats are compatible with any office word processor. It really is great.

Cons

For me, there are no cons to this word processor.

Summary

Jarte is so unique in its layout and is still very simple to use. It focuses more on content rather than having a huge ribbon at the top with so many confusing functions. But despite that, it has all the functionality that anyone could possibly need from a Word Processor.

Because of its uniqueness, some people may find it a bit of a surprise when they first use it. But I would say, take a look, familiarize yourself with it and then decide if it's for you.

Overall, it is a very good and welcome change to what's out there already.

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5 stars

"Wow Jarte leaves Wordpad in the dust."

January 15, 2013  |  By arealniceguy

 |  Version: Jarte 4.5

Pros

It may be based on the wordpad engine but it is what Microsoft should have given us. AND... If you want a feature it does not have you can contact Jarte support. If it is a good feature they may put it in a future upgrade. Try getting in touch with Microsoft about a feature you think would be an inprovement and unless thousands of other people are also asking for it they will probably not include it, or it will be years before in is included. Also Microsoft wants you to upgrade to their expensive Microsoft Word, not like a free program so much you only need it. If you do need a little more power in your word processor you can upgrade to Jarte's Plus version for just a few dollars instead of the hundreds Word costs.

The other word processors I use have so many features that I only use about ten percent of them and sometimes I have to search through large multi-page menus to find what I want.

Cons

It doesn't have all the fancy bells that Microsoft Word has so if you're used to using Word you may find a feature you miss. Then again you might just contact Jarte support and find they are going to be including that feature in the future. Also by looking in the FAQs you might find they have it, but get there in a different way than you are used to.

Summary

I have been using it for a while now and although I have several other word processors that I use, I find that I am using Jarte more and more due to it's simplicity. It just works!

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5 stars

"Jarte is the best."

September 08, 2012

 |  Version: Jarte 4.5

Pros

Easy to use and skinnable.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

I have been using Jarte since version 2.x and have never had any problems. The fact that it saves in RTF by default is just fine with me, in fact, I prefer it.

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4 stars

"Great replacement for wordpad"

August 29, 2012  |  By RonKZ

 |  Version: Jarte 4.5

Pros

Only used it for a few days, but finding that it does about everything I need.

Cons

Out of the box it was disconcerting to have to deal only with icons and and rather different header. Getting into setting options made it more friendly for me.

Summary

The more I use it, the better I like it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.5
Version 4.5 has added auto capitalization feature and new Save Other command.
General
Publisher Carolina Road Software
Publisher web site http://www.carolinaroadsoftware.com
Release Date June 25, 2012
Date Added June 25, 2012
Version 4.5
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 3.03MB
File Name jarte_52_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 154,795
Downloads Last Week 69
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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