NexPad 0.6


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bangbang023

Download NexPad 0.6

NexPad is a multi-document viewing solution originating from my needs for an application with the simplicity of Notepad, but also with some extra polish to increase my own efficiency when working with many documents at once (multiple text files, multiple html files, etc.).

(That sounds like something a PR guy would say)

Basically, I needed Notepad to have a bit more "oomph" to it. I started this project months ago (See Here), but wound up putting it on the back burner and, inevitably, forgetting it. I give credit to Schmoove's Battery Monitor .Net for reigniting my interest in programming. I was going to try to work on NexNote, but my interest in that project is still little to none, so I opened up a folder called "MyPad" and saw what I had started and decided to bring it up to a more workable state.

A few things to understand about NexPad:

Now, I need you to realize that I created this for my own needs. Yes, there are millions of tabbed note applications out there. None of them fit my needs and many felt too bloated for my liking. If one of them fits your needs better than NexPad, then I, myself, urge you to use whatever fits your criteria best. I will take all feature requests into consideration, but will only implement them if they are within my limit scope of programming knowledge and fit into my vision for NexPad.

Now onto the actual program...

Some of the features include:

  • Open one or more files via commandline or through explorer (right click in explorer and choose "open with...")
  • Drag and drop one or more files from explorer right into NexPad
  • Replace and Find bars eliminate clutter from more windows (alla Firefox style)
  • Settings are saved in an xml file eliminating possible registry clutter

Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + O: Open file
  • Ctrl + S: Save file
  • Ctrl + F: Shows/Hides find bar
  • Ctrl + G: Shows/Hides Go to line
  • Ctrl + H: Shows/Hides replace bar
  • Ctrl + N: Open new pad
  • Ctrl + D: Duplicate current pad
  • Ctrl + 1: Tile pads horizontally
  • Ctrl + 2: Tile pads vertically

I hope you guys can enjoy this and provide contructive criticism while also showing some appreciation for the effort I put in to this. I know it's not the most amazing application ever, far from it.

Changelog:

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v 0.6

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Released 12/3/2005

- Change: "Go to Line" is now a toolbar like "Find" and "Replace"

- Change: Compiled for .Net 2.0 Final

- Change: Moved tabs and toolbars to top of window (more ergonomic, wanted by community members)

- Change: .xml file no longer used for settings. Values stored internally (my.settings)

- Change: manifest file no longer required (application.enablevisualstyles)

- Fixed: Clicking go in "Go to line" with empty pad would give unpredictable results

- Fixed: Statusbar not properly themed by Windows

- Cleanup: Removed useless handles in toolbar close events

- Cleanup: Minor UI spacing issues corrected (in toolbar areas namely)

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v 0.5.1

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Released 7/17/2005

- Removed "print preview" option until further notice

- Fixed: "Print" would give an error

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v 0.5

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Released 7/17/2005

- Added "Case Sensitive" option to Find and Replace bars

- Added: Pressing "esc" in active textbox closes find/replace bars

- Added: Drag&Drop on input area re-enabled (no longer adds unwanted file link)

- Added: Current line info now displays column info too

- Added: "Go to line" functionality

- Changed: Open/Drag&Drop file onto blank, unused pad now uses existing pad instead of creating a new one

- Fixed: Context menu for tabs would not show on right click

- Fixed: "Activated" child form event would not trigger (framework beta bug)

- Fixed: Could not ctrl+v to paste text into find/replace text boxes (would paste into pad)

- Fixed: Changing font would unhighlight links

- Fixed: Trying to Print/Print Preview without printer would crash app instead of giving error

- Fixed: Print Preview would send NexPad to back of z-order

- Cleanup: Rewrote find and replace functions for better efficiency

- Cleanup: Removed unused variables from buttonPushed

- Cleanup: Changed keyup to selectionchanged for textinfo call

- Cleanup: Removed excessive if statements from highlight function

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v 0.4

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Released 01/04/2005

- Ported to .Net 2.0

- New icon

- Added 'highlight' option to find bar

- Added ability to middle click tab to close it

- Added rudimentary "previous" searching (will refine code at a later time)

- Added "Minimize to tray" option

- Added print preview capability

- Temporarily disabled drag & drop into text area. Still works anywhere else

- Refined behavior of pad that is selected after one pad is closed

- Fixed: Possible crash when selecting edit menu directly after closing a tab

- Fixed: Text formatting not saved properly for other apps to read

- Fixed: Crash when selecting edit menu with no pads open

- Fixed: Newly opened pads may not be sized correctly

- Fixed: Nonapplicable File menu options not disabled when no pads exist

- Fixed: Nonapplicable Pads menu options not disabled when no pads exist

- Fixed: Nonapplicable Format menu options not disabled when no pads exist

- Fixed: Attempting to find or replace text, with no open pads, would crash NexPad

- Fixed: Undoing all changes would still result in a "save prompt" when closing pad

- Fixed: Drag and dropping a file from explorer, with no open pads, would crash NexPad

- Fixed: Current line indicator was 1 off

- Fixed: Small graphical errors with tabs when status bar enabled (top of tabs cut off)

- Fixed: If file load, at startup, fails, a blank pad would not be opened as planned

- Cleanup: Removed nonfunctional, leftover code (extra if statements)

- Cleanup: Recoded much of the file load and pad creation functions

- Cleanup: Removed useless printDocument

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v 0.3

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Released 10/30/2004

- Added ability to create new pad by double clicking blank space on tab bar

- Added "Save" to tab context menu

- Added optional status bar

- Added current line number

- Added URL highlighting (clicking URL opens link in default browser)

- Truncated context menu of pad text box

- Tab height decreased by 4px

- Fixed: Could not close a pad in which content had not been changed

- Fixed: Pressing enter in 'find' or 'replace' box would not properly highlight first result

- Fixed: 'Select All' would not disable if no text were present

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v 0.2

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Released 10/6/2004

- tab is now accepted in textbox

- nonapplicable menu items are disabled

- Print option now available

- context menu added to tabs

- Fixed incorrect prompts to save even though text did not change

- Fixed possible crash on program exit (index out of range)

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v 0.11

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Release 10/1/2004

- Removed "Clear" from edit menu

- Added "Select All" to edit menu

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v 0.1

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Released 10/1/2004

- first release

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bangbang023

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Ianmac45

Bangbang, the first thing that opened when I executed the application was an error saying that the programmer forgot to initialize the config file. oops

Do you think you could also include the source next time around?

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bangbang023

Config file? Hmm do you have a screenshot of it? Also, I won't be releasing the code, sorry. It's really not much, most people could do it themselves, but I still rather keep it personal.

also, thanks to Hurmoth for offering to create an installer. I turned him down, but the offer is much appreciated.

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Rupert

Just out of interest, what .Net language is this written in?

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bangbang023

VB .Net. I know, I know, people don't like VB, but it's all the same, in the end, with .net. Also, for an app like this, any of the extra niceties of C# aren't really needed.

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Liquid

My idea (tabbed note programs) has come a very long way. Good job bangbang.

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bangbang023
My idea (tabbed note programs) has come a very long way.  Good job bangbang.

We had discussed this a long time ago and we both started at the same time. Also, mine and your apps are aimed at very very different goals. Yours was for quick, immediate access to information whike mine is more of a replacement for Notepad. Thank you for the kind words, but I don't want people thinking I "stole" your idea or something.

great work wink.gif

thank you

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Rupert

OK, It's a nice little app. I downloaded NeoPad while I was lurking here, before I registered, and I have to say that it's very useful.

Keep up the good work :D .

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bangbang023

Yes, I don't want to take away anything from Liquid's work. Our apps are very different. Please don't feel as though I'm trying to do what he did because that's not my intent. I did this app for myself, but thought other people may find a need for it.

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Liquid
We had discussed this a long time ago and we both started at the same time. Also, mine and your apps are aimed at very very different goals. Yours was for quick, immediate access to information whike mine is more of a replacement for Notepad. Thank you for the kind words, but I don't want people thinking I "stole" your idea or something.

thank you

You didn't steal anything. I have given up on NeoNote. Its not that good hehe. I am no programmer. I'll stick to hardware. I am thinking about making NeoNote open source.

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Keito

I like it as is, but it IS missing one thing: line numbers!

It's one of THE most important things to me when I do coding. But besides that, this could be my notepad-replacement (if it had line numbers :p)

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DeltaLima

Another cool replacement for NotePad is "Win32Pad".. search with Google if interested. 1.5.6 is the latest.

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bangbang023
I like it as is, but it IS missing one thing: line numbers!

It's one of THE most important things to me when I do coding. But besides that, this could be my notepad-replacement (if it had line numbers :p)

hmmm, I'll look into it. If I can figure it out, it'll be a feature you can toggle on and off.

Another cool replacement for NotePad is "Win32Pad".

yeah thanks for that. I just love to see other apps spammed in my single thread.

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Keito

Goodluck with it bangbang, just to let you know I'm always ready to test stuff :p

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Flasher

On Win XP SP2

I got this error on startup:

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xxdesmus
yeah thanks for that. I just love to see other apps spammed in my single thread.

lol...i was gonna say the same thing. :blink:

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Keito
On Win XP SP2

I got this error on startup:

you sure you have .net framework 1.1?

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bangbang023
On Win XP SP2

I got this error on startup:

You need to install the Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...&displaylang=en

Goodluck with it bangbang, just to let you know I'm always ready to test stuff tongue.gif

Just so you know, it will not be in the very next release (out in a day or two). It's going to be pretty complicated and I wanted to make sure everything else is polished off before I start doing it. It's definitely something I would like to do if I can, I promise you that.

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Si

Nice work bangbang (Y) :)

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Keito
You need to install the Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...&displaylang=en

Just so you know, it will not be in the very next release (out in a day or two). It's going to be pretty complicated and I wanted to make sure everything else is polished off before I start doing it. It's definitely something I would like to do if I can, I promise you that.

'fcourse... it's 0.1 :p I don't expect software to be as good as the author wants it to be untill it's 1.0 :)

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Ianmac45

I have sp2 and didn't get the init error that Flasher got.

anyway, here's the pciture for my config file error...

(i obviously extracted it to the desktop)

Isn't this just great having the whole community debug your program for you?

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