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NoteTab Light

Type of Program: Text editor
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT
Company  Name: Fookes Software
Version: 4.6a
Price: Free
Installed Size: 1829K

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The text editor that comes with Windows, Notepad, is a very simple program. It's therefore no surprise that there are a lot of other text editors on the internet. NoteTab Light is one of the best ones I've come across. If you take into account the price - it's free - then there's no reason to still be using Notepad.

I find one of the major problems with Notepad is it's file size limit. Luckily NoteTab Light doesn't have this problem, and you're only limited by system resources. Notepad is also limited to only one file at a time. NoteTab Light, however, uses a tabbed interface (hence the name) so you can open multiple documents. As for Notepad's word wrap! I don't know about you but I don't like having to switch it on every time I use it, and in my book word wrap doesn't count as a modification.

Along with all the usual text editor tools, like find, replace and, of course, word wrap, NoteTab Light has some very powerful extras. There aren't many text editors (especially free ones) which allow you to customize the program so much. You can add and remove tools from the tool bar, and shortcut menu. If you really wanted to, you can program new features!

One of the most important features is the clipbook. The clipbook is where you can store text or scripts (NoteTab programs). To use a clip you can either click on it, or if you have auto-replace enable, just type the name and the computer inserts it for you. This is used to great effect with the AutoCorrect feature. If you often mistype words, all you need to do is tell the program what you normally type (e.g. review) and what it should be (e.g. review), and it will automatically change it for you.

As HTML documents are basically ASCII documents, with extra bits, it's obvious for programmers to add HTML features to text editors. This is another area where NoteTab Light exceeds expectations. Obviously, it's not as powerful as dedicated program, but it's still pretty capable. When you've done you file, you can view it in your web browser. There are far too many other good features to mention, so I won't. Suffice to say that they're all well executed. If you want to add a spell checker and thesaurus to the program, then for 
$9.95, you can purchase the commercial version. I've used a number of text editors in my time, and I can safely say that NoteTab Light is one of the best I've seen. Even the commercial version is a bargain.

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Reviewed by Mike Hathaway
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