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NoteTab Light

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Once you explore the power of NoteTab Light, you may find this text editor beautiful despite its hectic interface. At its core, NoteTab Light is to Windows' Notepad as an iPhone is to a rotary phone. NoteTab Light incorporates top-level tabs similar to most Web browsers, so that you can manage several different projects at once, and it can automatically replace Notepad so that Notepad's icons open NoteTab instead.

However, there's much more to it. The left column displays a list of commands, called Clips, that do anything from inserting bits of text to generating code. Each library, the roster of which appears as tabs at the bottom of the screen, contains its own set of clips. The FTP library, for example, lets you create server profiles, connect, upload and download files, and issue various commands. The HTML library auto-completes HTML tags. The publisher's site offers many user-created libraries, or you can make your own. You can create your own clips by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F2.

Several of the clips, including the Tidy HTML clip and the TopStyle library, require secondary freeware apps to support them, but NoteTab will direct you to their Web pages if it finds them missing. NoteTab Light isn't a tool for casual users, but power users and programmers should find plenty to love.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.7 stars

    out of 367 votes

    • 5 star: 297
    • 4 star: 44
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Highly Recommended"

    January 29, 2008  |   By GerstmannLives

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    Lots of useful features but starts up very fast and doesn't hog memory.

    Genuinely free. Simple to install and uninstall, no hassle, no nags, no spyware.

    Cons

    (If you only use English and other European languages, this problem WILL NOT affect you at all). This Light/Free version cannot save some non-roman alphabet languages such as Chinese and Japanese. You can edit them, but when you save and re-open the file, all you'll see is a load of ??? in place of the characters.

    I experienced this when using English Win XP, BTW - perhaps NoteTab would handle it ok in Chinese or Japanese editions of Windows.

    Looking at the NoteTab website, it looks like one of the non-free versions (NoteTab Standard) doesn't have this problem, but apparently the more expensive NoteTab Pro does(?)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super Text Editing Software"

    January 27, 2008  |   By ad4dx

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    I have used Note Tab Pro for years and would not do without it. I know of nothing that could be added that would make it better than it already is. The Spell Checker is not supported by NoteTab Light, but is supported by Note Tab Pro.

    I am using Note Tab Light at the moment, but intend to upgrade to Note Tab Pro as soon as I get the new computer completly configured and all the other programs installed.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to report concerning this text editor.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good"

    January 6, 2008  |   By skcdc

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful editor; my first paid-for trialware"

    December 20, 2007  |   By gurnx

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    Wow, if you're disorganized with me and use one place to store your random notes etc than you're gonna love NoteTab. I've been using the 'outline' feature to organize miscellaneous information. Directly supports & launches hyperlinks, etc. Developer monitors a couple of yahoo groups; there's a lot of power in this application

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quick and Easy"

    November 30, 2007  |   By Karey Cox

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Full of useful utilities, functions, & customization"

    November 30, 2007  |   By aliunde

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    FYI--whoever stated in their review that the license requires purchase of the commercial version didn't download the free version. I've been using this program for some time, and never had nag screens, time limitations, etc. It can do about everything (and more) that you'd want a text editor to do. Freeware this good is virtually never free--way to go Fookes Software.

    Cons

    It won't make me dinner.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent program, doesn't spell check or brew coffee."

    November 28, 2007  |   By dayonda

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    I've used Note Tab Lite for several years, and it does the job I need it to do.

    What more could you ask of a small, very complex program? It's also very easy to remove the > symbols off forwarded email. I always remove those before I forwart stuff, anyway.

    Cons

    No spell check. I know what I _think_ I'm writing, but it's hard to proof on my own stuff. My work-around is to do my text in MS Word or Works, spell check it, the cut and paste it to NTL.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Magnificient!"

    November 20, 2007  |   By suryasunder

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    Minimising to the tray, tabbed interface, loading large text documents, auto correct, HTML code help . . . the list could go on and on and on

    Cons

    There is nothing I don't like about this software

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely super multipurpose program."

    November 15, 2007  |   By ljhuber

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    Everything.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wouldn't use any other-this is the best"

    November 14, 2007  |   By dothoppe

    Version: NoteTab Light 5.5

    Pros

    I have found nothing wrong with this software, and have used it for several years now. I am trying to write web pages and like this because I can write, save, and view the results with a click of a button. It's great!! By the way, I'm not a professional, but am learning!

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing.

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