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Does anyone use Textpad?
Want to meet other textpad users and share tips and secrets.

 4:43 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just wanted to see if other people in this community used textpad.

Which is a very comprehensive but clean interfaced, fast loading, customizable, purist-oriented text editor.

I have always used it for all my ColdFusion, HTML, Javascript, CSS, DHTML coding.

I am willing to share my different tips on macros and ftping.

It's been a while since they released a new version, so I am also looking for a newer purist-oriented text editor.



 4:53 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Use it and love it. The 20 bucks was a steal.

The only one I like better is bbedit but it is only for Mac.


 4:56 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Love it


 5:03 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

What are the best tips or tricks to improve it's usage via efficiency?

The only two things that upset me, are the lack of sourcecontrol implementation and that there isn't a new version out in a while.


 5:12 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have used it for years. Great for coding, great for writing notes, great for pretty much any thing. I have never seen a reason to try something differently.


 5:24 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Have been using it for years too. Loads large files with no problems. Being able to undo after you save is a major plus.

I'm hoping that a newer version will offer the ability to replace in files.


 5:26 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

You mean replace in multiple files?

That's their allready.


 5:29 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

you can do find and replace in multiple files already can't you? I know I have used that before.

The ability to open big files is great, the find and replace is powerful(and undoable), I love being able to undo everything since I opened the file helps me find mistakes in my scripts more easily.

The syntax highlighting is good thought there are a few glitches.


 5:49 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

You can select "Find In Files..." where you can browse what directory to search in, but I have never seen that option for "Replace In Files..."

I know you can perform a replace in "all documents" but that is just for those files that are open.

Is that what you mean or is there a browsable option for replacing too? Where you can select what directory to run the replacements?


 5:53 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

you can do the all documents selection in the find and replace window. I have done it with all of the open documents. I guess if you have 1000 pgs you would have to them in chunks depending on how much ram you have.


 5:55 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I love the search replace all files.

I also love the macros, the tcl stuff.

I have all the coloring syntaxes.

The interface is fantastic, simple if we want it, and advanced as we learn more.

It is always fast to load and just get right into the code.

All my fellow coders use ColdFusion Studio or HomeSite. Which are okay, but don't force you to learn what you are doing. And always take a long time to load.

I hate kludgy, memory intensive WYSISWYG editors.

One of my favorite markers, allows me to take html that i got from viewing source, and eliminate all empty lines. Which get caused by any database backed application, so as to not show that code.

What else can I do with it?

Where is it's future?

I know we are a unique brand of coders, the purists. I am just sick and tired of the WYSIWYG'ers.

They don't understand that the use of those tools encourages bad coding.


 5:58 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

You could always use vi. You wouldnŽd even need a mouse. ;)


 6:09 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>>I guess if you have 1000 pgs you would have to them in chunks depending on how much ram you have.

That's why I wish they had a browse folder option to save from having to open the files. For now I use UltraEdit for the task but hate the RegEx commands that come along with it.


 6:35 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am just starting to learn ReGex.

Very fastinating stuff...

Browse Folders, there is a manage files, but i agree it's not perfect.

I tend to just open folder, and start browsing from there.

Very fast...


 4:41 pm on Dec 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

Any other cool usages of textpad?

My favorite is storing like my common font tags as macros.

I would like to be able to edit the macro's more easily.

Any favorite settings/configurations for layout?


 5:58 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Looks like 4.6 has been released with a new Copy as HTML feature.

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