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TextPad

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When Word is too much and Notepad isn't enough, you might want to give TextPad a look. The text tool requires little drive space, but comes with a surprising array of unique features that are especially useful for programming tasks. A group of simple formatting tools such as indenting, line numbering, character transposing, and condition-based word wrapping help keep code in order. It offers excellent customization features, letting you create formatting and code coloring specific to whatever language you're programming in. Those looking for a robust tool for low-end desktop publishing will be disappointed, however. TextPad works best for programmers and other people who need a full-featured tool for plain text.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the first things I put on a new PC"

    June 20, 2013  |   By Legacoid

    Version: TextPad 7.0.9

    Pros

    Been using this for years and wouldn't be without it. Pretty much anything you need from a text editor is in here, but throughout all the updates it's remained fast and light, and there are very few files it can't handle.

    Cons

    Sometimes struggles a little with (very!) large files. Some of the initial choices for hotkey assignments are non-standard but they can be reassigned.

    Summary

    Take the time to configure it to match the way you work, and you'll be hooked on TextPad.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best text edtor around"

    June 18, 2013  |   By jonf57

    Version: TextPad 7.0.9

    Pros

    Works well, has lots of good features, doesn't crew up ever

    Cons

    nothing to talk about

    Summary

    Greatest text editor around , all you'll ever need

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nearly perfect"

    May 20, 2013  |   By j1yuan

    Version: TextPad 7.0

    Pros

    I have been a paid user of TextPad for more than 10 years. It has a lot of features that I love. However, only recently, when I started to work with XML files, I noticed a drawback in TextPad. The highlighting scheme cannot accomplish the coloring scheme that's offered by most XML tools where the value is in a strong color and tags are in a less strong color.

    Cons

    However, only recently, when I started to work with XML files, I noticed a drawback in TextPad. The highlighting scheme cannot accomplish the coloring scheme that's offered by most XML tools where the value is in a strong color and tags are in a less strong color. I wish the author can find a way to do it. You can try the NotePad++ (free) to see what how XML files are displayed.

    Summary

    I will keep using TextPad for most things. But, I have to use NotePad++ for XML stuff. I wish TextPad can improve in this aspect. It would make it perfect.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Awesome for data validation"

    December 13, 2012  |   By Dulcimer172

    Version: TextPad 6.2.2

    Pros

    I use for manually validating data files, prior to converting to a new CCSID. There is NOTHING else that provides this level of functionality - without tweaking the data. My files are hashed, so ANY change to things like CRLF in unacceptable. This tool lets me find the problems without creating new ones.

    Cons

    Options are not always intuitive and I never read manuals.

    Summary

    When you know someone puit a non-breaking space or French-Canadian character in the file SOMEWHERE, just gotta use Textpad.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finest Kind of editor!!"

    December 12, 2012  |   By Oldsoldier37

    Version: TextPad 6.2.2

    Pros

    Has a multitude of 'bells and whistles' that swiftly become direly needed attributes! I have used this program for about twelve years in lieu of Notepad and Word Processors (MS Word, Word-Perfect, etc.) for VERY effective text processing, including source code(s) for nearly every language without the crippling limitations of Notepad or Wordpad. It also lacks the gross and hindering overhead of the Major word processing programs. It runs faster and more accurately than either set of supposed contenders. I use it for programming, and for all other text processing. I especially like the ability to simultaneously process EBCDIC, ASCII, and UTF formats without special attention(s.)

    Cons

    None that I have seen, yet. Some of the additions have addressed issues that I have not seen in my work, but were needed. While I admit using a mild "tunnel vision," I do recognize that no product on the market is completely perfect.

    Summary

    I am more than happy with TextPad, and I thank my lucky stars for finding it, and its sister, WildEdit. I have no reservations at all in recommending TextPad to ANYONE who spends more a few minutes per month editing text files!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So useful for editing programs"

    December 11, 2012  |   By rio_rick

    Version: TextPad 6.2.2

    Pros

    Simple.
    Easy to use and understand.
    Free of formatting.
    Readily updateable.

    Cons

    none that I've experienced

    Summary

    Like all the best solutions it is simple and free of formatting bits and pieces.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Was once indispensable, but now it's unusable"

    October 23, 2012  |   By kghastie

    Version: TextPad 6.1.3

    Pros

    It has been my go-to text editor for close to 10 years. I have tried a ton of other ones, and always end up here. So sad to be giving it a 2-star review.

    Cons

    Since version 5/6, I have had a problem with TP freezing when I try to close the annoying left-sidebar Clip Library. I believe it is because it is switching me to the Explorer sidebar, which freezes. TP hangs with a spinning icon, and finally I have to kill the process. I have tried uninstalling and wiping everything in the registry I can find, then reinstalling, but I still have the issue, and since my clip library is now closed, I can't even start TP without it hanging.

    If I go back to v5, I can at least use the app as long as I don't close the clip library or switch to the explorer sidebar. That's two full versions that are basically unusable. BTW this is as of version 6.1.3.

    Summary

    Sadly, I have been forced to switch to Notepad++. I really hope the devs fix things, but I am not holding my breath.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Used Textpad since its birth; now it has fatal problem."

    August 3, 2012  |   By Gnubudz

    Version: TextPad 6.1.3

    Pros

    Generally it is a fast, relatively simple, versatile, stable program. It does not need special setup each time it is opened. When saving a file, it does not issue stupid warnings that I'm not doing some other thing the manufacturer is selling. It does not waste my time. I use Textpad practically bare bones and it gets along just fine that way. 'Block Select' mode is valuable and it permits filling blocks with single or enumerating characters. The way Textpad remembers where it keeps files, as well as the Autosave and backup facilities, are all of great value. If Textpad is open, I use 'Find in Files' capability to find files by content. Textpad macros writer is good though the could be managed more conveniently. I wrote all my html web pages in Textpad; of course they're austere, but they load, are stable and don't attract malware.

    Cons

    TP has limited character set versatility. For composition, it does not permits inserted fonts. Textpad is severely just a text editor. In documents could support several fonts XOR (user's choice) only one font-and say which on the Menu bar. It permits only the selected font for all open documents. On closing TP, all SORT parameters are lost.The fatal problem is that recently it hangs or freezes. Sometimes it recovers, sometimes never & has to be shut down. Might be other software manufacturers increased aggression of interrupts. Textpad is now low on the interrupt priority list and can't get the computer's attention. Slit screen is almost useless.

    Summary

    After using it since the first version, the freezup problem has become so bad that I had to start looking for another text editor. So far, I have not found one good enough for my purposes to switch to.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great editor"

    March 2, 2012  |   By Pierre Laporte

    Version: TextPad 5.4.2

    Pros

    Full of features, very mature.
    Program lets you change or update a file that is being viewed by TextPad and just suggest to update when you come back to it.

    Cons

    none I can see.

    Summary

    Have been using for many many years.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST Text Editor!!"

    July 18, 2011  |   By rbuch66

    Version: TextPad 5.4.2

    Pros

    Best text editor around. I have used it for years.

    Cons

    Maybe needs a slight tweak for Win 7 users. It has an issue with the UAL and you have to manually modify it to use as your default editor.

    Summary

    This is the best text editor I have found, particularly for large files.

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