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June 11th, 2011
June 11th, 2011

Textpad

Latest in our Saturday Software Review series

Textpad Main Editor
Textpad Main Editor
Windows comes with the very rudimentary: Notepad, and slightly better: Wordpad, but both pale in comparison to Textpad. Don´t underestimate the value of a really great text editor on your system. As text editors go - this one is hard to beat.

Platform: Windows
Cost: Shareware
Summary: powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files. Easy to use, with all the features a power user requires.



Having textpad at my disposal has become so second nature to my daily routing of working on various forms of files that I am somewhat lost when I get to a new computer and can´t just right click I file to get into it with Textpad. This is, by far, the best text editor for windows.

Why do you need a text editor? For the average user, it may be as simple as removing all the junk formatting from a word document you plan on posting to a web site, or just to make a really quick list to print out when you don´t want to load up some office suite and get total overkill just to type in a few words. For the seasoned power user the reasons abound. I have found uses for Textpad including:
  • Editing code
  • Tweaking Binary files like PDFs
  • Inspecting files with incorrect file extensions to see what they really are.
  • Clearing special characters
  • Comparing files
  • Converting from Dos to Unix line terminations
  • Getting word, character, and line counts
The list goes on and on.

In short Windows need a better text editor regardless of your user style and Textpad is it.

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