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AkelPad (32-bit)

By Alexey Kuznetsov Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of AkelPad (32-bit)

  • Empower plain text file editing and customization with advanced notepad-like manipulation functions
  • Last updated on 05/08/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 2 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 24, 2011

AkelPad is designed to be a fast, lightweight, open-source alternative to Notepad as the default text editor in Windows or as an integrated text editor in a third-party app like Total Commander. It's built specifically to correct some of Notepad's shortcomings when editing plain text files, especially code. It doesn't support other file types such as RTF files.

AkelPad's installer gave us three options: Standard installation, integration with Total Commander, and replacing WordPad. Since we'd planned to try AkelPad as our default text editor anyway, we chose the WordPad replacement, which automatically restores WordPad as the default text editor in Windows if and when you uninstall AkelPad. The program's ultrasimple interface screams "text editor," with a blank main window, basic menu bar, and an optional status bar along the bottom edge of the window. For such a plain-looking tool, AkelPad offers quite a few options. For instance, from the menu bar, we could also set Single-window (SDI), Multi-window (MDI), and Pseudo Multi-window (PSMDI) Window modes, configure plug-ins, change the language, fonts, and colors, and set the newline format for DOS/Windows, Unix, or Mac. We clicked Help and opened the program's HTML-based manual in a browser window. The documentation recommended using TrueType fonts and also lists command line parameters, manual settings, keyboard commands, and internal commands. The Settings dialog offered tabs labeled General, Registry, Editor 1, Editor 2, and Advanced, with many individual choices.

We opened and edited a variety of text files with AkelPad, both as the default Windows app and directly from AkelPad's interface. As a pure text editor, it performed as well as any we've tried, and better than most. It lived up to its billing as a small, fast tool that nevertheless improves on Notepad in several areas. It doesn't really do anything special, just competently. If you're looking for a better text editor, try AkelPad.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.9.8

Version 4.9.8:
  • Added: flag 128 in the manual parameter "PaintOptions" - unit of vertical scrolling is line (default is pixel).
  • Added: optional parameter for commands 4103,4106: 1 - force to use last directory.

General

Release May 8, 2020
Date Added May 8, 2020
Version 4.9.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 6,602
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

AkelPad is an open source editor for plain text. It is designed to be small and fast. Features include: single window (SDI), multi-window (MDI) and pseudo multi-window modes (PMDI), support of any code page installed in the system, correct pseudo graphics displaying, column text selection, and remember file code page and caret position.