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CudaText v1.87.2.0 Updated

billon on 22 Sep 2019
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 22 Sep 2019
  • Suggested by billon

CudaText is a code editor with a simple, tabbed interface and side-panels. Includes split view, code folding, hotkeys, theme support, color picker and more. The program supports 190+ syntaxes and add-ons written in Python, as well as some IDE features if plugins are used.

The program is cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux. Note that settings are modified via text config files (JSON format) in place of options dialogs.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: MPL 2.0
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cudatext.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SynWrite, Atom Portable
What's new? See:
http://uvviewsoft.com/cudatext/history.txt
Latest comments
Alextp on 2019-04-05 00:15

To hide folding column, call "Plugins / Options Editor" and find there in DIALOG option "gutter_fold", and change it.

hamasaki on 2019-04-06 07:48

@Alextp, thank you.

hamasaki on 2019-06-12 15:58

I`m starting to warm to CudaText now. Thanks Alex, great work.

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QOwnNotes v19.9.15 Updated

billon on 19 Sep 2019
  • 64MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Sep 2019
  • Suggested by pbek

QOwnNotes is a text editor / notepad replacement with markdown support and todo list manager. The program supports themes, keyboard shortcuts, syntax highlighting and encryption. Includes available nested file list, tags, search and more. Optionally works with the notes application ownCloud or Nextcloud.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder (if launched with QOwnNotesPortable.bat)
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch QOwnNotesPortable.bat or launch QOwnNotes.exe --portable.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
What's new? See:
https://www.qownnotes.org/changelog/QOwnNotes
Latest comments
pbek on 2017-07-23 06:01

Thank you for you kind words, @MIKLO.

hamasaki on 2019-08-09 20:08

Latest portable 64bit version throws a runtime error on Win 10.

hamasaki on 2019-08-11 22:01

Fixed in latest update.

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Crypto Notepad v1.5.1 Updated

billon on 30 Aug 2019
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Aug 2019
  • Suggested by smaragdus

Crypto Notepad is a simple, notepad-like text editor that encrypts saved files. Other features include font and color customization, word wrap, shortcut keys, and auto-lock on minimize. You can press the lock icon to hide information without closing the application (will switch to a password prompt).

Utilizes the AES encryption algorithm with available 128, 192, and 256 key sizes.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: MIT License
How to extract: Download the ZIP or 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Crypto Notepad.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: fSekrit, Steganos LockNote
What's new? See:
https://github.com/Crypto-Notepad/Crypto-Notepad/wiki/Release-Notes
Latest comments
Hawk on 2017-02-13 14:20

Don't have tabs?

webfork on 2017-02-13 22:52

@Hawk: no but feel free to request that feature on the github site. Author is fairly responsive.

vmars316 on 2018-12-20 14:40

Couldn't open zip file , had to use 7z .

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TED Notepad v6.2.1 Updated

billon on 22 Aug 2019

TED Notepad is a small and fast text editor intended as a replacement for Windows notepad. The program offers a variety of interface tools including hotkeys for almost every function, ability to minimize to system tray, favorite files menu, and many more. Additionally, up to nine permanent clipboards, advanced searching, auto-completion, bi-directional editing and many text-processing functions.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TedNPad.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad
What's new? See:
http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/changes.php
Latest comments
Midas on 2012-04-20 01:02

@outskirter: I had the same problem while testing the latest version (MS Sans Serif font isn't really ClearType friendly); solved with ResHack by finding all instances of 'MS Sans Serif' and replacing them with 'MS Shell Dlg'...

freakazoid on 2013-07-05 14:58

Was testing some Notepad alternatives the other night, and while TED Notepad is relatively small in size, it uses almost 4x the memory (hovering around 9MB). Just a FYI.

ripu on 2018-03-11 11:17

Is it stealth?

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Notepad3 v5.19.815.2595 Updated

billon on 16 Aug 2019
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Aug 2019
  • Suggested by webfork

Notepad3 is an feature-rich, accessible replacement for the original Windows Notepad with a variety of text modification tools for both complex text edition and programmers. The program enables code folding, bracket matching, automatic indentation, word auto-completion, character encoding conversion, multiple undo or redo, bookmarks, and regular expression-based find and replace.

The program is the unofficial successor to the Notepad2 program, built from its source code as well as Scintilla and MiniPath on code from metapath.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP packages {inside the ZIP} and extract x86 or x64 (for 64-bit OS) to a folder of your choice. Launch Notepad3.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad2, Ted Notepad
What's new? See:
https://www.rizonesoft.com/downloads/notepad3/update/
Latest comments
ripu on 2018-03-11 11:18

Is it stealth?

ripu on 2018-03-11 11:19

What are its advantages over Notepad2?

webfork on 2018-03-15 21:09

ripu: it has encryption+master password, more encoding options, more visual customizations, and lots of small updates/fixes. I haven't tested stealth status.

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SlickRun v4.4.8.1 Updated

billon on 10 Aug 2019
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Aug 2019
  • Suggested by tproli

SlickRun is a floating keyword utility that allows you to create command aliases, or "MagicWords" that launch applications or URLs. For example, "browse" can be set to open Firefox, "note" to open Notepad, and more. You can type an application's path or location as well.

The program includes its own notepad program opened by typing "jot", but major applications such as MS Office and Online Shopping resources can be added using add-on packs available on the website.

SlickRun supports auto-completion, relative paths and drive letter macro for improved portability.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates a lone working registry entry that does not impact portability of settings at all.
Unicode support: Yes. for Jot, history, autocomplete, $W$, etc.
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract sr.exe and DefaultMagic.qrs to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  3. Launch sr.exe
What's new? See:
https://bayden.com/SlickRun/updates.asp
Latest comments
Checker on 2015-10-08 05:11

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Ennovy on 2016-08-10 09:41

Minor update to version 4.3.3.2
Although the changelog has not been updated, the download is

smaragdus on 2017-02-17 11:12

Note that the x32 build (sr-setup.exe) is still at version 4.3.3.2 while the x64 build (sr-setup64.exe) is at version 4.4.0.0.

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Notepad++ v7.7.1

billon on 19 Jun 2019
  • 14MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jun 2019
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Notepad++ is a tabbed source code editor and Notepad replacement with a customizable interface. Includes source code "folding", allowing users to quickly reduce and expand sections of code to see the overall document. In addition, it features multi-language syntax highlighting, auto-completion, Perl-compatible regular expression search/replace, macro recording and playback, document map etc. The program can access a long list of plug-ins via an easy-to-access menu with even more features and functions.

Alternatively, X-Notepad++ and Notepad++ Portable clean the local folder.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download ZIP or 7z package according to your OS and extract to a folder of your choice. Delete unnecessary localization files. Launch notepad++.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, PSPad, EditPad Lite
What's new? See:
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/
Latest comments
softv on 2016-12-27 12:54

My favorite editor for multi-tabbed editing. Feature-rich.

hamasaki on 2017-08-18 19:31

Not stealth anymore, creates 'AppData/Local/Notepad++' folder.

Special on 2017-08-30 23:17

So in the 7.5.1 changelog it says it fixed the above 'AppData/Local/Notepad++' folder bug, but I'm still getting them, can anyone else confirm?

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OpalCalc v1.90

billon on 12 Nov 2018
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Nov 2018
  • Suggested by twinbee

OpalCalc is new type of calculator using natural language to function like Notepad or a word processor. It lets you build text with numbers adjacent to sums over multiple lines so you can quickly go back and adjust your previous calculations with the answers auto-updating on the fly. OpalCalc is ideal for putting math into everyday thinking such as for quick budgets and shopping lists.

Built-in features include percentages, currency conversion, custom functions/variables, date/time support, color coding, lightweight size, configurable interface, hundreds of measures and functions, and more.

Freeware version limited to 5 lines.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5+
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch OpalCalc.exe.
What's new? See:
http://www.skytopia.com/software/opalcalc/#history
Latest comments
Foot on 2014-04-28 00:35

The download links (at 27 April 2014) lead to the installers. The portable zip is available through a link at the upper right of the website page.

twinbee on 2014-04-28 13:41

@Foot: Thanks, main links on this page fixed!

DarkShadow on 2016-02-17 10:01

v1.80 released !

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NFOPad v1.74

billon on 16 Jun 2018
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Jun 2018
  • Suggested by bobac

NFOPad is a small, fast and flexible combined text editor and NFO viewer. Modeled from Notepad, the program includes customization and an ASCII art viewer. The file extension is used to determine whether to use an ANSI or ASCII font.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "portable" RAR package and extract (using a program like PeaExtractor) to a folder of your choice. Optionally, delete unnecessary language files. Launch NFOPad.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: iNFekt
What's new? See:
http://truehumandesign.se/s_nfopad.php#versionhistory
Latest comments
Midas on 2012-04-15 00:00

IMHO, currently the best .nfo and .diz file viewer coupled with a pretty decent text editor; NFOPad can save its settings to the registry or in an INI file.

Midas on 2012-07-29 09:46

Site moving to http://truehumandesign.se/s_nfopad.php

shodan816 on 2012-10-02 10:48

Totally agree with Midas that this is the best .nfo / .diz viewer out there. Been using it for several years. Keep up the great work and THANKS!

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Programmer's Notepad v2.4.2

billon on 15 Dec 2016
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Dec 2016
  • Suggested by JMiller

Programmer's Notepad is a powerful text editor targeted at users who work with source code. The program offers a versatile environment, features syntax highlighting for many languages (through plugins called "schemes"), project management, addons, and much more.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: FreeBSD
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch pn.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, Notepad++, PSPad, RJ TextEd
What's new? See:
https://github.com/simonsteele/pn/releases
Latest comments
nickoftime on 2016-12-18 16:56

I really wish it had a spell check feature. If it did, I would replace all of my text editors with this one. It is fast, stable, and has a small footprint.

zorro on 2019-02-07 11:12

Programmer's Notepad is unfortunately not stealth:
- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\pn.exe
- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\text\OpenWithList\pn.exe
(no matter what the system integration options look like)

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GetDiz v4.91

billon on 17 Jun 2016
  • 717KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jun 2016
  • Suggested by -_-

GetDiz is a fast, easy, and small text editor designed to replace Notepad. It has enhanced functionality with DIZ and NFO files, will display ASCII art correctly, and can save as GIF images.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Unicode filenames are not supported.
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract
  2. Move files GetDiz.exe, usb.dat, GetDiz.chm and directory Languages (delete unnecessary) to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch GetDiz.exe
What's new?
  • When text is changed a * is added to the taskbar caption.
  • Button bar can be hidden now.
  • Added option to show carriage returns.
  • Improved Windows 10 multi monitor support.
  • Increased undo buffer.
  • Donation is now also possible using Bitcoin.
Latest comments
Magibon on 2011-03-09 03:22

i still prefer Kliu's Notepad2, also supports ascii plus tons of other features while remaining light.

TP109 on 2011-10-02 11:28

Great app for nfo and diz files!

lautrepay on 2011-10-02 13:23

@TP109: maybe you'd like to try iNFekt http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8177&hilit=infekt

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gpg4usb v0.3.3-2

webfork on 23 May 2018
  • 29MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Jan 2016
  • Suggested by gpg4usb

NOTE: This project is outdated and may be insecure or incompatible with more recent versions of GPG.

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gpg4usb is a basic, tabbed notepad tool with easy-to-use text and file encryption tools. Using the Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG) security system means you can exchange encrypted text and files with someone you've never met, where most programs require a communicated password. Additionally, users can digitally "sign" and verify information to help establish integrity, ownership, or agreement.

Users need only exchange a "public key" with one another in order to communicate. New users will need to generate a key, while users of other compatible software can import their existing keys.

Functional in Linux (see How to Extract). GPG is a compatible, open source alternative to commercial PGP.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes. UTF-8
License: GPL v3
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch start_windows.exe.

Linux users: Download the same package and run start_linux_32bit or start_linux_64bit.
Similar/alternative apps: CryptoTE
What's new?
Latest comments
gpg4usb on 2012-04-18 12:16

Hello,

In the last week we integrated 4 new languages.

@procyon: Thanks for the hint, we've put it on our bug list and already located the appropriate line in source, which causes this bug. So this will be fixed in the next release.

@mixture: We weren't sure, if we should integrate this, because it could confuse beginners, who read in other tutorials, that the should use the maximum keysize possible. Would be great, if you write your opinion to our mailing list. In fact we're not sure, if we should reduce the maximum key size again to 8192 (which is the maximum key size of any other gpg program We know).

@webfork: We've already integrated generation of RSA keys for the next release. So this will be possible soon. And the size of the DSA key is always 1024 bit (given by gpgme I think), the size of the EL Gamal subkey can be set higher...

gpg4usb on 2012-09-11 19:48

gpg4usb 0.3.2-1 released today!

0.3.2-1 generates safer gnupg-keys by default, with RSA and 1024bit minimum.
Including gpg binary was updated to version 1.4.12.

Bugfix:
Fix creation of empty Windows registry key on import from existing GnuPG

Have fun! http://gpg4usb.cpunk.de/

gpg4usb on 2014-08-20 20:22

New stable release 0.3.3-1

* gpg4usb-0.3.3-1 additionally contains a 64-bit linux binary now, so there's no need to have 32-bit compatibility libraries installed on a 64-bit linux system anymore

* we updated the included GnuPG-binaries from 1.4.16 to 1.4.18 for fixing some security issues

New alpha release 0.4

This release additionally contains binaries for MacOS. But since we had to rewrite the whole core, this release needs a lot of testing. So, if you want to be sure, better get the stable release. If you want to have a look what is planned for the release when it is finished have a look on our TODO-List.

-> Download: http://gpg4usb.org

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BDV Notepad v5.2

billon on 29 May 2019

BDV Notepad is a plain text editor with support for themes, unlimited file size, multi-level undo/redo, autosaving, URL-autodetection, lines sorting, case changes, extended find-and-replace options, and more. Intended as a Windows Notepad replacement.

Category:
System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application Folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Although the program claims Unicode support, I was unable to get it to display Unicode characters (even with the right font selected), or to save to a file with Unicode characters in its name.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Notepad.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad2
What's new?
  • Several improvements and bug-fixes.
  • New features: Templates, Transliteration and SMS-module.
Latest comments
robzuc on 2015-12-16 09:31

I tried it, but the "unlimited file size" feature wasn't proved: with a 4GB file, apart from its opening slowness, a popup message informed that the file could not be opened.

appsuser on 2019-05-24 14:27

Website changed to http://www.bdvnotepad.com/products/bdv-notepad/

webfork on 2019-05-25 22:37

@appsuser: thanks, billon got that updated

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Text 2 Folders v1.1.6

webfork on 26 Aug 2016
  • 922KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Feb 2015
  • Suggested by guinness

Text 2 Folders creates folders based on list written in a text file. This contrasts the normal method for creating multiple folders, which is clicking "New Folder" repeatedly and then renaming the individual folders. Just create text document in Windows Notepad or other text program and save it, then run the program to generate folders. Separate folder names by putting them on a separate lines in the text file. For example a text file with the following text:

Documents
Pictures
Music
Video

... will create the directories Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Text2Folders.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CreateDir
What's new?
  • Fixed: Trailing tabs caused folder creation failures.
Latest comments
temp171 on 2012-05-28 00:23

TotalCommander
press F7
write "folder1|folder2|folder3|folder4|folder5|folder6|folder7" .... etc
profit

abacusFanboi on 2012-05-30 10:24

Occasionally, i use a procedure that ends up time consuming anyway:
1. search for desired file search app (usually, regex in filelocator lite).
2. select filenames in results.
3. "export" those filenames to clipboard.
4. paste into batch file, with appropriate text find&replace

¶MD»
and manual edits to create batch commands.
5. run batch

jaden on 2012-08-02 18:04

@granny Are you sure FreeCommander can do this? I know it can create nested folders separated with a slash, but how can it create peer folders? FreeCommander XE supports | to separate folders like TotalCommander, but plain FreeCommander doesn't.

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EverEdit v2.9.0.2074

webfork on 5 Nov 2016
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Nov 2013
  • Suggested by avi-aryan

EverEdit is a fast, lightweight, skinnable and extendable editor. While it can serve as a Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers including snippet support, markdown support with instant preview, syntax highlighting for many languages, full Emmet Support aka Zen Coding, multiple selection (smart rename), and more.

The program includes a hex editor and easily edits large files (1 Gig+).

Note: v2.9.0.2074 is (presently) the last freeware version, which is no longer hosted by the authors. We are linking to majorgeeks for the 32-bit version and archive.org for the 64-bit version (thanks DzejPy and lintalist).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch everedit.exe

Optionally:
  • To disable auto-check for update: open setting.ini in a text editor and add AutoUpdate=4 under [Setting]
  • Delete unnecessary language files. 1033.lng = English, 1041.lng = Japanese
    2052.lng = Chinese
What's new? Note: v2.9.0.2074 is (presently) the last freeware version

Note by the author: "I will not add new features for 2.9xx., but I will continue fix the bugs for this version."
Latest comments
Midas on 2014-05-13 09:59

FYI, the commercial EverEdit v3.2.2.3678 was released on 2014/05/13...

(http://www.everedit.net/news/)

DzejPy on 2016-11-03 19:05

Download links do not work... Error 404.
32bit version is available here: http://jdem.cz/cjg3v4 (redirected to FTP server)
64bit version is available here: http://jdem.cz/cjg3x9 (redirected to FTP server)
32bit version is also available MajorGeeks: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/everedit.html

webfork on 2016-11-05 23:09

Thanks DzejPy

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subpad v1.8

webfork on 28 Feb 2017
  • 473KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Kenny

subpad is a lightweight Notepad clone with fast find/replace, most recent documents, close on ESC, roll-up caption bar, toggle off/on URL highlighting, column selection mode and stay-on-top.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch subpad.exe.
Latest comments
Midas on 2013-05-10 23:32

Thank you for the update, joby_toss. :)

smaragdus on 2014-04-03 02:01

It seems subpad can't handle Unicode.

TP109 on 2014-12-28 03:32

Lightning fast text editor. Works nicely as a notepad replacement.

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CryptoTE v0.5.390

Checker on 5 Oct 2016
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Aug 2009
  • Suggested by Mixture

CryptoTE is a feature-rich, tabbed secure notepad program that uses the powerful and easy to use Scintilla text editing widget, the same as used by Notepad++. Security features include integrated compression, automatic backup, auto-close after periods of inactivity, password generator, and the Serpent encryption algorithm. Notepad features include fast Find interface, multi-level undo, and insert date/time.

Linux version included. Container can include binary files as well as text.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder: CryptoTE.ini
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL v2
How to extract: Download the "Standalone" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cryptote[version].exe.

For Win9X/ME, launch cryptote-0.5.390-ansi.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: fSekrit
Latest comments
webfork on 2013-04-20 21:03

This program has my favorite password generator function, creating alternately the most random looking passwords or, using the "pronoucable" feature some legitimately easy to remember‭ (‬yet still strong) ‬passwords.

Also,‭ ‬I‭’‬ve been using GPG4USB for my passwords for quite a while now,‭ ‬but sort of annoyed by the lack of a‭ ‬search‭ ‬function‭ (‬I‭’‬ve suggested that to the developers,‭ ‬but there hasn‭’‬t been a release in quite a while‭)‬.‭ May switch to this or ask the devs to support GPG.

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SavageEd2 v0.02.00

webfork on 8 Oct 2016
  • 38KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by ChemZ

SavageEd2 is a very small and fast Notepad replacement. It can edit files of any size, limited only by memory. It can encrypt text files using AES encryption with 256 bit key (max 32 character password) in .enc format. It has Pattern searching features and written in x86 assembly language (HLA).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SavageEd2.exe.
What's new? Recent Log
v0.02.00
-fixed SaveAs dialog not renaming properly
-added Set Tabs option - default Tab is now set to 4 chars
v0.01.00
-first public beta

SavageEd2 Text Editor

SavageEd2 is currently in beta testing.

Overview of features: [*]Written in an x86 assembly language (HLA)
[*]No installation, uncompress and run
[*]Open large files limited by memory
[*]Does not use Windows registry, creates a local configuration file.

[*]Improved find/replace dialog -quick find: double click to highlight word, Find Next (F3) to find next instance.
[*]Pattern searching
[*]AES encryption with 256 bit key (32 characters)

[*]Auto save and quick ESC exit.

[*]Dual direction LOG files (append updates to 'end of file' or 'top of file'.
[*]Read Only mode
[*]Saves up to 20 recent files, option to clear list on exit, open most recent on startup
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donald on 2011-11-14 08:25

The software Author has stated that the original SavageEd will not be developed, but that SavageEd2 will.

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ATPad v2.0.100

webfork on 20 Feb 2017
  • 381KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Dec 2010
  • Suggested by lautrepay

ATPad is a tabbed editor with the ease and simplicity of Windows' own Notepad program, but with a list of recently open documents, bookmarks, snippets system, unlimited find/replace and undo/redo, menu accelerators (hotkeys), auto URL detection, and much more. The program can also monitor outer changes or reload documents "on-demand" and in specified interval, great for collaboration or the monitoring of log files.

Written in pure C and Windows API.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ATPad.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed some minor bugs
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-09-10 19:20

Very nice -- the closest I've seen to a Notepad replacement.

TP109 on 2012-02-12 20:48

Good tabbed notepad replacement. Very fast launching and small size!

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Metapad v3.6

Midas on 26 Jan 2016
  • 190KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 May 2011
  • Suggested by mjbdiver

Metapad is a small and fast text editor designed to replace Notepad with features including persistent window placement, dirty file notification, intelligent Find and Replace, external viewer support, usable accelerator keys, dual customizable font support, auto-indent mode, seamless UNIX text file support, no file size limit under Win9x, hyperlink support, etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinNT / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Windows registry
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file within the same folder
  3. Rename this file metapad.ini
  4. Launch metapad.exe
Similar/alternative apps: EditPad Lite
What's new?
  • portability mode: store/load all settings from metapad.ini
  • new high resolution app icon
  • now remembers last open/save folder with option to disable
  • minor UI/usability updates
  • better defaults for general settings
  • UTF-8 file support (provided by David Millis)
  • fixed shift+enter bug (provided by Curtis Bright)
  • fixed convert to title case bug with apostrophes
Latest comments
shodan816 on 2011-06-15 16:13

I have been using Metapad for more than 10 years and it is superior to all others I have trid. Just about any setting you want, now portable, free and it also reads RTF files. Give it a try!

Wolfghost on 2011-06-15 17:13

This one rocks !! Thanks :) Works with Win7 64bit too !

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SavageEd v1.4.6

webfork on 28 Feb 2017

SavageEd is a very small and fast Windows notepad replacement written in assembly language. It can edit files of any size, limited only by memory.

SavageEd2 is also available with more features.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder. Make sure you select Options, Save Configuration, Use Private Profile to activate this.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware (source code included in download)
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SavageEd.exe.
Latest comments
Ludwig von Drake on 2010-05-28 18:51

Crashes whenever I try to open a file, either through the File menu, or via the Ctrl-O keyboard shortcut. It does this on both of my PCs (XP Pro SP3).

ChemZ on 2011-03-27 21:23

SavageEd2 v0.02.00 beta is available for testing. New features:
- Pattern searching
- AES encryption with 256 bit key (32 characters)
- Auto save and quick ESC exit
- Dual direction LOG files (append updates to 'end of file' or 'top of file')
- Saves up to 20 recent files

donald on 2011-11-14 08:27

The software Author has stated that the original SavageEd will no longer be developed, but that SavageEd2 will.

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minipad2 v3.2.0 Build 101128

smaragdus on 18 Mar 2017
  • 420KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Nov 2010
  • Suggested by tryforsure

minipad2 integrates many useful functions into one program including notepad, calculator, reminder, dictionary, launcher, address list, text template, and clipboard enhancement. All the contents are automatically saved while minimized or closed, and will re-open to the same state. The program can be freely switched between two styles: multi-page style and treeview style. When no longer used, it can be minimized to the system-tray, or hidden outside the desktop. Additional features include password protection and encryption.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch minipad2.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Flashnote, MemPad, The Guide
What's new? Entry updated to include password protection and encryption.

v3.2.0 Build 101128:
Changed again the design of the mini-note window. Now use @xxx to input the title.
Allows to re-define the accelerators of various menu items.
New Options: Remember page scroll; Tree on right; Splitter width; Close note hotkey; Auto-record hotkey; Multi-clipboard: Filter all duplicate items;
Add "Apply" button in the Options dialog.
Add "Match Case" option in the "Search" dialog.
Add two new text tools: Delete all empty lines; Leave one empty line.
Add some new counts in the "Statistics" box.
Alt+Up, Alt+Down: Used to move the selected item up or down (when the list has focus. Only support single-select), or move the selected node up or down (When the tree or tab-control has focus).
Upgraded the language files of v3.1.
Fixed some bugs.
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singularity on 2011-02-11 13:58

I tried to use the included tool "dicsorter" but i god an error about a missing .bpl file. any idea?

Nh on 2012-10-27 11:35

@ChemZ: you should try
Tools \ Options... \ Log In
and check "Login with password".

joby_toss on 2015-03-28 08:34

Alternative download page from SP (can't reach the homepage):
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Office-suites/minipad2.shtml

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TriX v0.0.12.5

webfork on 14 Jun 2015

TriX is a hotkey-based productivity tool that does many simple tasks with key combinations including text formatting (upper case, lower case, sentence case…), web search (Google, Bing, YouTube, etc.), data exporting (Notepad, MS-Word, MS-Excel…), data extraction (emails, links…), and more.

Note: Website offline - linking to archive.org.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty file named Trix.ini in the same folder, with the following contents:
    [General]
    AllUsers=False
    LoadOnStartup=False
    Portable=True
  3. Launch TriX.exe
What's new? V.0.0.12.5:
  • Fix: Blocked tab key on application's forms. Fix: Remove ";" character when exporting to Excel. Imp: TriX will now try to fix settings file automatically if it is corrupted. New: "Text Manipulations / Expand Text": Expand selected text and replace with text in a clip. New: "Text Manipulations / Phonetic Alphabet": Substitute the NATO alphabet telephony for independent letters and numbers.
Latest comments
Kari Teikari on 2011-03-17 17:57

Hello,
I installed Trix as adviced on web page. However being quite stupid with applications I cannot find any interface to use the Trix. When I qlick Trix.exe it gives an alert that program is already running, I just know where is it running. Pls help

Kari Teikari on 2011-03-19 15:57

I've found the solution, thanks. The application runs quite well.

Emka on 2011-12-25 15:49

Website seems to be down.

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Win32Pad v1.5.10.4

webfork on 28 Feb 2017
  • 89KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by 4sydney

Win32Pad is a small Notepad replacement with a number of additional features, such as recent file list, line numbering, auto indent etc. It can deal with both Windows and Unix text file formats, and file size is limited only by the available memory. It can also be minimized to the system tray.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: UNICOWS.DLL (for Win9x/ME) SHFOLDER.DLL for (Win9x/NT) RICHED20.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. It is unable to deal with Unicode filenames, but is able to display Unicode content.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Create an empty file called "win32pad.ini" in the same folder. Launch win32pad.exe.
Latest comments
Midas on 2010-02-05 23:41

My current preferred notepad replacement, after swapping the hideous default icon with the the vanilla one from notepad (TY, ResHack). Shame it doesn't do text case conversions, then it would be perfect -- as it is, I use a well known commercial editor for heavy duty text editing and nfoPad (totally portable from v1.56, see post @ http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5409) for nfo file viewing. For the rest, Win32Pad is lightning fast and perfectly fit for the common text checking/light editing tasks. I don't hesitate to recommend it!

Pax on 2010-12-27 03:37

@Midas, re: viewers for ANSI art (code page 437, extended ASCII)

Just thought I'd mention that some of these viewers contain translation fonts. A while back I extracted an ANSI/NFO viewer (don't recall which one... maybe getDiz), located the fonts and placed them in my system/fonts directory. This makes any editor ANSI-capable because the work is being done by an external font.

Thought I'd mention it in case your main editor supports font-toggling (toolbar button allowing a quick switch between two system fonts, example: metapad) in order to avoid switching editors just to view some of the text 'graphics'.

Midas on 2012-04-20 11:19

@Pax: great tip. Still, I'll be keeping NFOPad (http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2164) 'cause it's convenient and I sometimes make adjustments to viewed files...

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Steganos LockNote v1.0.5

Checker on 6 Oct 2015

LockNote works in two ways: it is a notepad that encrypts everything you put inside and also creates copies of itself when you drag-drop a text file into it. You end up with a new EXE that displays the content of that text file when run using the correct password.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch LockNote.exe.
What's new? New:
  • Changed default font to Lucida Console to avoid 1/l - O/0 confusion.
  • Font typeface can be selected (Arial/Courier New/Lucida Console/Tahoma/Verdana).
  • Font size can be selected (9/10/12/14).
  • LockNote saves window size, font size and font typeface.
Fixed:
  • Find Dialog: Enter/Tab/Escape/Space/Ctrl-V keys work.
  • Find Dialog: Message displayed if search string is not found.
  • Find Dialog: F3 brings up Find Dialog or finds next result.
Latest comments
Mirek on 2009-02-08 08:26

New version LockNote 1.0.4:
https://www.steganos.com/products/data-security/locknote/overview/

Please update

Gris on 2009-11-14 17:22

It would be nice if LockNote will have an option to increase font sizes.

codeNinja on 2015-10-05 08:17

For everyone still using this, be aware that version 1.0.5 still has some bugs.

User review from username al156243 in sourceforge posted this on 01/04/2015

"Locknote has a clean simple design. I would be very useful if not for a fatal bug where it occasionally fails to save changes. There is no error message or any other indication that it has failed. I have had it working perfectly for a long period of time and, for no reason, suddenly stops updating changes. If I use "save as" to create a new file, it will continue to work but will eventually fail again for no apparent reason. "

User review from username fireshadow500 in sourceforge posted this on 02/22/2013

"Be careful - LockNote silently fails to save data. You can tell by watching the Modified timestamp ... when it fails it doesn't change. I lost critical banking login details. I am using KeePass now, which isn't great for handling text but at least it is reliable."

review link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/locknote/reviews/

If you still want to use this, make backups when updating the content and always check if content is saved properly.

An alternative to this is fSekrit (smaller and works the same as lockNote) http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=784

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fSekrit v1.4

smaragdus on 25 May 2018
  • 57KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Dec 2009
  • Suggested by dasfx

fSekrit is a notepad that encrypts saved information in self-contained executable (.EXE) files. Created files don't need fSekrit and can be access by simply double-clicking the item and entering the correct password.

Uses the widely recognized 256-bit AES encryption and unencrypted data is never saved to disk, making it even more secure.

Functional in 64-bit.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source (github)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Create a new file called fSekrit.portable
  3. Launch fSekrit.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: CryptoTE
What's new? - fixed: long-standing bug where failing to save changes when closing fSekrit
with a modified document would cause fSekrit to exit, rather than notifying of
error and let user attempt to save again.
- fixed: saves are *finally* done properly, by saving to a temporary file and
replacing the current file only when all the file writing business is done.
- added: font selection dialog, no longer do you need to much around with the
registry to set another default font. The font is still not stored in your
document, though, and is single global per-user registry setting.
- added: "portable" mode, which (for now) means it will not use %TEMP% to store
it's temporary editor executable, but instead store it in the same folder as
the opened document. Registry is still used for font selection, though!
To enabel this feature, create a file called "fSekrit.portable" in the same
folder as the document you want to function in portable mode.
- added: URLs are now recognized and turned into hyperlinks.
- fixed: Read-only notes should be a lot more sane - changed from confusing
"make read-only" that half-worked to "Save As Read-only" that works :)
- fixed: Win9x and NT4 support has been broken since version 1.35. Release builds
are now done with an older compiler toolchain, and 9x/NT4 support is back :)
Latest comments
Sherman J on 2018-05-25 16:10

You can easily get the fsekrit program from the wayback machine at:
https://web.archive.org/web/20170214195855/http://f0dder.dcmembers.com/fsekrit.index.php it says it is also valid for Win7 use.

Sherman J on 2018-05-26 12:56

I found that the version of the zip for fsekrit on the waybackmachine for 2015 is valid at 49kbytes size, the some in later snapshots are only 10kbytes and do not work.

smaragdus on 2018-05-26 18:53

@Sherman J
You do not need to download fSekrit from The Internet Archive, you can get it from its official website.

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NotePad SX v1.2

webfork on 28 Feb 2017
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Apr 2008
  • Suggested by Fluffy

NotePad SX is a fast, stable, user-friendly, tabbed text editor. Features different case formats, layout options and a unique "hidden until the mouse moves over it" tab bar.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract using Universal Extractor
    to a folder of your choice.
  2. The application files are in the {app} folder.
  3. Launch NotepadSX.exe.
Latest comments
smaragdus on 2014-04-03 01:51

@loin2kolpotoru
You are right. However, both 1.2 & 1.3 versions of NotePad SX are incompatible with Windows 8 (the program's GUI doesn't display correctly).

smaragdus on 2015-11-05 15:55

The missing forum thread- http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=74525
The free NotePad SX home page- http://www.rf1.net/software/notepad - there is a direct download link.

smaragdus on 2016-10-21 22:35

Notepad SX (http://www.rf1.net/software/notepad) is freeware but it is no longer developed and does not work properly on modern OS (at least on Windows 8- even compatibility mode doesn't help).
Notepad SX Pro (http://www.rf1.net/software/notepad_pro) is commercial.

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CryptNote v1.01

webfork on 8 Jan 2017
  • 20KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 May 2006
  • Suggested by Yucca

CryptNote is a basic secure text editor that transparently encrypt/decrypts text with a password.

Similar in design to Windows Notepad and uses the AES encryption algorithm.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch cryptnote.exe.
Latest comments
David Evans on 2006-05-30 09:20

Only 20 bytes? Now that's what I call a lightweight program. ;-)

Andrew Lee on 2006-05-30 22:50

Sorry! My typo. It should be 20KB.

CD2100 on 2008-11-19 14:49

Dariusz Stanislawek is the king of lightweight portable (encryption)freeware! although i don't use cryptnote very often, it is of the same calibre as his other creations!
check out his page on the other products. http://members.ozemail.com.au/~nulifetv/freezip/freeware/ Stanislawek is truly a programming genius!

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xint v4.3

webfork on 12 Jan 2016

xint (pronounced "zint") is a notepad replacement tool focused on efficiency. Most of the functions are accessible via hotkeys, and extra formatting options are also available through a floating menu activated also via hotkeys or the system menu.

The program can extract HTML, find-and-replace, and includes available encryption for security using Twofish.

Note: main download site is offline, linking to softpedia.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder. Only the recent files list is written to the Windows registry, so I think it can be accepted as portable.
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder C:\Program Files\xint
  2. Copy all files (except unins000.exe and unins000.dat) into a folder of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. Launch xint.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Notepad2
Latest comments
tommy ngo on 2010-01-06 00:11

This is one of the most useful notepad programs I have used over the years ! Besides common features found in other text editor, Xint has the column-select button right on the toolbar and the clickable Url link option ! Have you ever tried to edit a .nfo file without column-select feature ? (i.e especially one copiously decorated with ASDCII graphics ! ) . Long live Xint...

donald on 2010-05-28 03:11

The web-address is now dedicated to bodybuilding.

You can find it at: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/xint-Download-11157.html

Vanessa Logan on 2011-05-16 13:16

I just love this text editor to death ! It's tiny but packs a huge punch ! I agree with tommyngo : the column selected feature is the best one ! Been using it for 3 years now and still loing it !! Thank..you..

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AcroPAD v1.3.2

webfork on 8 Jan 2017
  • 282KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jun 2003
  • Suggested by Barrette

AcroPAD is a simple Notepad-like program with PDF production capability. Handy for quick generation of simple PDF documents.

Note: website offline, linking to archive.org mirror.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AcroPad.exe.
Latest comments
Good_Freeware_Hunter on 2010-02-08 01:26

Does exactly what it says, simple, and works great. Tested on Vista SP1.
Thanks for the post :)

__philippe on 2017-04-08 15:40

AcroPAD

Here's hoping Adobe does appreciate charitably the cunning twist on their own Acrobat™ byname...;-)

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