Jarte

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

Version:
4.5
File Size:
3.03MB
Date Added:
June 25, 2012
Price:
Free; Paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
154,795
Downloads Last Week:
69
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 120 votes

    • 5 star: 75
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current Version:

    4.8

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4 stars

    "Love it so far."

    May 03, 2014   |   By GinnyLee8

    Version: Jarte 5.2

    Pros

    Easy & clean to download if you remember click "Decline" for all other software offers.
    Program was easy to navigate.
    "Help" section very useful.
    Saves in .rtf, .doc, .txt which is common with most word processing software and lets you change the default format setting if you wish.
    Saves in .docx with a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    To get a clean download remember that you can decline all offers for other software and especially do not allow a "Quick" download. Click on the "Custom" download instead, if offered. That said, my Jarte download was clean and went perfectly.

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