QuickLook is a speedy, simple file previewer
May 24, 2017 – 02:30 | Comments Off on QuickLook is a speedy, simple file previewer
QuickLook is a speedy, simple file previewer

QuickLook is an open-source Windows version of the OS X “Quick Look” file preview feature.
There’s no installation required. Run QuickLook, select a file in Explorer, hit the space bar and a window appears with a …

Jarte 6.0 Plus adds Autohotkey scripting and automation
May 22, 2017 – 06:08 | Comments Off on Jarte 6.0 Plus adds Autohotkey scripting and automation
Jarte 6.0 Plus adds Autohotkey scripting and automation

Carolina Read Software has unveiled Jarte 6.0, a major update for its Windows WordPad-based word processor.
The $19.95 Jarte Plus 6.0 build now supports running custom AutoHotkey scripts when you open a document, hit a hotkey …

Cobbler stores secret notes in an encrypted file
March 23, 2017 – 09:25 | Comments Off on Cobbler stores secret notes in an encrypted file
Cobbler stores secret notes in an encrypted file

Cobbler is a tiny portable utility which stores plain text notes – passwords, bank details, whatever you need to keep private – in a secure and encrypted file.
Launch the program and you’re prompted for a …

Evernote for iOS 8.0 ushers in new streamlined era for note-taking tool
January 18, 2017 – 04:37 | Comments Off on Evernote for iOS 8.0 ushers in new streamlined era for note-taking tool
Evernote for iOS 8.0 ushers in new streamlined era for note-taking tool

If this were a TV show or movie franchise it would be a reboot. After a period of behind-the-scenes consolidation and soul-searching, Evernote Corporation has signalled a new approach to its note-taking tool with the …

TED Notepad gets first update in 5 years
December 5, 2016 – 09:24 | Comments Off on TED Notepad gets first update in 5 years
TED Notepad gets first update in 5 years

Classic freeware Notepad replacement TED Notepad has just been updated to version 6.1.1, its first release since 2011.
The new build brings you drag and drop editing with either mouse button. Select text, drag and drop …

View and search huge log files with glogg
August 31, 2016 – 05:30 | Comments Off on View and search huge log files with glogg
View and search huge log files with glogg

Glogg is an open-source tool for viewing and searching even the largest and most complex log files.
The program opens files very quickly, because it reads data directly from disk and doesn’t try to load it …

Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew
July 4, 2016 – 02:39 | Comments Off on Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew
Straighten text in scanned documents with Deskew

Deskew is an open source package which can detect skewed text in scanned text documents, and output a straightened version.
It’s a command line tool, which is, well, inconvenient, but don’t let that put you off …

Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor
July 3, 2016 – 02:41 | Comments Off on Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor
Syncplify Notepad! is a polished plain text editor

Notepad! is a nicely balanced Notepad replacement, accessible to just about everyone but with plenty of bonus extra features when you need them.
The interface is an immediate plus, its Office-like ribbon organising the program’s main …

Typora is a distraction-free markdown editor
June 4, 2016 – 05:17 | Comments Off on Typora is a distraction-free markdown editor
Typora is a distraction-free markdown editor

Typora is a minimalist markdown editor for Windows and Mac.
Markdown is a simple language which uses plain text formatting to create rich text documents, but you don’t need to understand any of that to get …

CudaText: a programmer’s editor that everyone can use
February 26, 2016 – 14:44 | Comments Off on CudaText: a programmer’s editor that everyone can use
CudaText: a programmer’s editor that everyone can use

You need a Notepad replacement, but web searches only get you overcomplicated programmer’s editors aimed at people who think in regular expressions and actually want to use line numbers.
CudaText offers another way. It’s a cross-platform …

Copy Plain Text strips the formatting from copied text (Firefox)
February 16, 2016 – 13:45 | Comments Off on Copy Plain Text strips the formatting from copied text (Firefox)
Copy Plain Text strips the formatting from copied text (Firefox)

You’re browsing the web, find some interesting text, copy and paste it elsewhere… And then realise it’s got all the original formatting, now entirely unnecessary. And maybe an unwanted image, too.
Copy Plain Text is a …