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License: Freeware

Version: 25.0

Release date: 2020-02-25

Company: Gammadyne Corporation

Language: English

Size: 11189 K

Category: Text/Document Editors

OS support: Windows 7, Windows 98, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP


             Editor's Review

If you are in need of a simple, free but enriched text editor with some useful functions which are not to be found in the "Notepad" then you might consider DocPad straigtway. It is more than 'Notepad' where users have the options like indenting, converting cases, record macros, create backups, spelling check, print preview, word/character count etc. Such features only to be found on the advanced word processors like Microsoft Word. But most of those are commercial software and occupies huge space in your hard drive. DocPad is completely free and takes very less space in your disk with all commonly used functions which a user might need to create or edit a text file.

Supported File Types
DocPad edits only plain text files.  It can edit unicode files with 16-bit characters provided that they contain the byte order mark (0xFFFE or 0xFEFF) or the UTF-8 signature (0xEFBBBF).  If the file does not begin with one of these codes, the file is opened as 8-bit ASCII.

 -  The following filename extensions are typically plain text:  TXT, LOG, INI, CSV.
 -  DocPad opens all files as plain text, regardless of the file extension.
 -  After opening a file, you may change the character size (8 or 16 bits) by making a selection from the Document Type sub-menu of the Options menu.
 -  Despite its name, DocPad does not edit Microsoft Word .doc files.
 -  There is no way to determine the character set of a 8-bit plain text file.  If the character set appears incorrect, you may change it on the Character Set sub-menu of the Options menu.
 -  To open a unicode file with no byte order mark, or an ASCII file in a different character set, you should use the Open Nonstandard Document tool.

User Interface
DocPad's user interface is very similar to Notepad.  Use the File menu to open, save, print, and close documents. DocPad uses the System-G user interface.  One of the advantages to the System-G interface is that it is "skinnable".  Try choosing different skins from the "Skins" sub-menu of the Interface menu.  Another big advantage is the ability to instantly change the interface's font size by tapping F11 and F12.

Drag & Drop
DocPad is compatible with the operating system's "Drag & Drop" feature.  Two types of data are supported:
1.  Text - when text is selected in any text editor, you may click and drag the selection into another editor, including DocPad.  The selected text will be copied from the original editor to the other.  To move the text instead of copying it, hold down the right mouse button instead of the left.  When the right mouse button is released, a menu will appear with Copy, Move, and Cancel options.
2.  Files - when one or more files are selected in Windows Explorer, you may click and drag them onto the DocPad window.  You will be asked if the file contents should be inserted into the document, or if the file contents should replace the document.

DocPad has a number of tools that may be useful when editing a text document.  These tools are listed on the "Edit", "Tools", and "More" menus. Some of the tools are:

To set a "bookmark", which is the current character position of the caret within the document, select the "Bookmark-set" tool or press Ctrl+Shift+B.  To later return to the original bookmark position, select the "Bookmark-retrieve" tool or press Ctrl+B.

This option will launch the System-G Calculator window.  If you click the "Store" button, the numeric value in the calculator will be inserted into the document that DocPad is editing (at the caret position).

This option will launch the System-G Calendar window.  If you click the "Store" button, the chosen date will be inserted into the document that DocPad is editing (at the caret position).

This tool will indent each line by inserting a tab character (ASCII code 9) at the beginning of the line.  This can also be accomplished by selecting some text, then pressing the Tab key.

Jump To Line
This tool will prompt you to enter a line number.  It will then move the caret to the beginning of that line.  For example, if you enter "2", the caret will move to the beginning of the second line.

Jump To Offset
This tool will prompt you to enter a character position.  It will then move the caret to that character position.  For example, if you enter "2", the caret will move to the second character in the document.

Selecting the "Macro-Record" tool, or pressing Ctrl+Shift+R, will start the macro recorder.  You may then enter any number of keystrokes and keystroke combinations as you would normally.  Then press Ctrl+Shift+R to stop the macro recorder.  Once the macro has been recorded, you may press Ctrl+Shift+P to repeat the same series of keystrokes in the recording.

Open From File
This tool will allow you to open another text file, then either insert it into the current file, or replace the current file with it.  First, you will be prompted to choose the file that you wish to open.  Then you will be asked whether or not the file should be inserted or used as a replacement.

Spell Check
This will launch a spell-checking operation, beginning at the current caret position.  When a misspelled word is found, it will be highlighted and the user will have the chance to change the word.

Unfortunately plain text does not support any kind of advanced formatting (bold, italics, underline, fonts, tables, etc.).  But with that in mind, there are ways of changing DocPad's appearance.  Press F11/F12 to zoom the interface in or out.  The document font can be customized by using the "Document Font" and "Font Size" options on the Options menu.  To change the interface's entire theme, users can open the "Interface" menu and make a selection from the "Skins" sub-menu.

Publisher's Description

DocPad is a free alternative to Notepad. Although it fills the same role, plain text editing, it offers an arsenal of time-saving tools: block indent/unindent, bookmarking, case conversion, customizable toolbar, encoding conversion, file history, jump to line/offset, keyboard macros, print preview, search and replace, skinnable interface, spell checking, statistics, variable pitch font, and much more. It also includes a built-in calculator, calendar, and character map.

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Latest Versions History

Version: 25.0

Date Released: 25.02.2020

Release Notes: Tabs can now be rearranged. Redesigned the Preferences window.

Version: 15.0

Date Released: 24.06.2015

Release Notes: Added the ability to backup and restore all changed documents.

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