I was unable to access the internet while I was on vacation June 6th and 8th, so this post will be a little longer than most.
I have been using NotePad Light, a free Windows Notepad replacement, for a little while now. I like it because it enables me to create my blog posts in HTML, by using the included library of HTML codings.
The version I am using is the freeware NoteTab Light 4.95,available at http://www.notetab.com. NoteTab Standard and NoteTab Pro are also available at the ame site.
Though most people think that a Notepad replacement would be as relatively simple as what it is replacing, that is definitely not the case. NoteTab is much more than just another plain text editor. NoteTab has all the following and more:
- Open and edit many documents at once, even huge files (only limited by system resources.
- Text drag-and-drop editing.
- AutoCorrect/Auto-replace mode similar to Microsoft® WinWord.
- Programmable. Add your own custom features using an easy script language.
- Web enabled: can open links and HTML documents in browser.
- Supports third-party Web tools: HTML Tidy, TopStyle, and CSE HTML Validator.
- Each document can have different settings such as font, tab widths, word wrap.
- Supports outline-type documents
that help you organize your notes or any kind of information.
- Supports document templates.
- Covers all essential features available in Notepad (including LOG).
I particularly like the ability to have multiple documents open in a tabbed interface, similar to the way I work in my Firefox browser. I can have a text only document in one tab from which I am copying information, an outline document in another tab to keep everything in a logical order, and be creating an HTML version in another tab, all at the same time. This results in a much more efficient use of my time and keeps me orderly in the way I work from print to desktop publishing to web page development; I just keep my basic formatting consistent by only utilizing 3 sets of headings, an unordered list, an ordered list, and very basic body text setup.
I currently take the plain text into one of my full fledged word processors for spell check but, in the future plan to see if I can find a freeware or open source spell checker for use with NoteTab to eliminate the crossing back and forth. One of the third party products recommended with the installation of NoteTab is WordWeb but, I can not tell from what they show if it can be used for spell check or, just as a thesaurus.
I can take a plain text file and convert it to HTML easily using the options under the Modify menu in NoteTab as well as stripping the HTML tags if necessary from an HTML email for example; both of these come in quite handy for the various formats I receive information for the Newsletter.
There is a lot more functionality available within NoteTab. As I become more familiar with specific functions, I will post my thoughts on them here.
On a personal note, my hurricane shutters were installed today. We feel a lot better now about this year’s hurricane season and being prepared but, hope that they won’t be needed.