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Check out NEdit, [nedit.org...] . It has just about all the bells and whistles of Notetab, and Editpad - with the exception of having tap separated files and being able to do search and replace over multiple documents. But it has many feature that make it very inviting including programing language specific color coding. Also, it seems very light and fast.
Air: You know it's funny, but on the *nix systems these types of utilities could have been built years ago but weren't. Guess windows should get some credit for it, a lot of *nix purists will hate it.
You've never tried emacs...? Thats more of an os than just an editor, and its in version 20ish...(1) Windows still hasn't got past 5...
(1) Its not as good as vi though...
[vim.org...] - windows, *nix ports available.
I find myself getting annoyed with other software now when I have to move my fingers from the home keys (f & j). Using a mouse whilest typing is just to darn slow.
Ok off to find the submit button.
Around '96 I've switched to Emacs (and Xemacs) because, well, all my friends and classmates were using it. It's powerful, relatively easy to use, and has lots (if not too many) features. However, running xemacs at home with 16Mb of memory (and X, Netscape, Java at the same time) was not fun at all. I can never manage to learn LISP to edit my own configuration file, and it just requires too many fingers to do the Meta-Ctrl-blah kind of work.
At the end of '97 I started working in a company that used nothing but plain old vi. It did get me a few weeks to get used to it, and then I tried Vi IMproved... A powerful regular expression engine, build in Perl/Python intepretor, etc. A few years later, and I'm still a VI man!