Courtesy: Andre Malesh. Posted: Wednesday, Aug 25, 1999
NoteTab Light loudly proclaims itself to be "an award-winning text editor". After using it for a few days, it is easy to see why. NoteTab is packed with features and is very customisable. Like most Windows Notepad alternatives, it doesn't possess a 64kb file limit, and will open a many documents as your memory can handle. It also has advanced search and replace capabilities, a customisable toolbar, the ability to display a document in different fonts and with some pretty advanced word processor functions, and a handy function called the Clipbook.
The Clipbook is a set of libraries containing such things as HTML tags, mathematical functions, and even smilies (you know, :-) and the like). This function is scriptable, so there are Clipbook libraries which launch external programs, convert miles to kilometres, and more. There is a plethora of Clipbook libraries made by users available at the author's Web site.
NoteTab is just a tad slow to load, but this becomes unnoticable after a few uses. And the wait is worth it. NoteTab's status bar is incredibly helpful, replacing ToolTips for toolbar buttons and giving you information like how many characters are in a selection (it may seem trivial, but trust me, when you need it is a life-saver). You have the option of making a document a "paste board" - i.e. it catches everything that you copy to the clipboard, which is incredibly useful if you are sifting through long documents for specific information. In addition to this, NoteTab has heaps of other features which I could go on about, but won't.
So, what is the bottom line? Simple: I've tried quite a few text editors, but none have been quite as good as NoteTab Light. If you are looking for a replacement for Notepad (and if you use a computer more than an hour every day, you will want to) with a comprehensive host of time-saving features, you really cannot go past it.
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