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GridinSoft Notepad 3.3 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — GridinSoft Notepad 3.3

Edit text and source code with spell checker, code templates, and auto correction.
User rating: 478 (43%) 630 (57%) 162 comments

GridinSoft Notepad 3.3 was available as a giveaway on July 16, 2008!

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An easy-to-use photo organizer as well as picture enhancer.

Text editor is considered to be the basic instrument for every software developer. Convenient location of panels, menu, and vast tools for working with text, as well as the possibilities of flexible integration with compilers - everything is of great importance. The balance of possibilities, easiness of perception and usability are usually given considerable prominence to.

Do you really need an editor with 100 menu entries and which takes 2 minutes to download? The answer is evident – no! That is why GridinSoft has developed a completely unique editor: you can appreciate its convenience and load performance from the very first minutes of working with it. Template patterns, folding, integration with SVN, the possibilities of flexible functionality extension at the expense of the script language based on popular JavaScript!

The list of features is not exhaustive – it will take much time to enlist, but in the process of working with GridinSoft Notepad you will open up more and more ways of enhancing your productive capacity! What about a built-in syntactic calculator of expressions, spelling check, or a web-analyzer which can check compliance of your code to a variety of standards of the HTML syntax?

We believe that our editor is worth trying out! Being a team of software developers, we use the GridinSoft Notepad on a permanent basis ourselves. That is why we can easily recommend it to you as well!

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista





File Size:

2.22 MB



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FYI: if you want to restore the original Windows Notepad.exe without un-installing GridinSoft, the file was backed up into the program files GridinSoft folder such as:

\Program Files\GridinSoft\Notepad\backup

the original folder for the Windows Notepad is typically here:

Just copy the backed-up notepad.exe into the \WINDOWS\system32 folder

Reply   |   Comment by Ballpeen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I wanted to like this editor; however there are issues when runing on Vista. It takes close to 10 seconds to startup - this makes this an unacceptable and unusable editor. Surprisingly enough, a new version was released THE DAY AFTER THE GOTD DOWNLOAD; This version release indicates faster startup and enhanced Vista suport; however, as GOTD license does not provide support/updates GOTD users can't get this update/version. Vista users are out of luck.

Seems conincidental that the functioning Vista version was released the next day. I would like to use the version that works on Vista. Not being able to fairly evaluate this editor on Vista leaves a bad first impression. I'm going to have to pass on GridinSoft Notepad and reconsider Notepad++ or AptEdit.

Reply   |   Comment by dmac  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great Stuff!

Reply   |   Comment by Wallace  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Something else... The installer places an entry in the Send To context menu. Works great if you only select one file to send to the editor, if you select multiples it appears to confuse it and the editor opens with a blank file.

I'm posting this a comment only because I don't have enough information to know if this is actually supported. Once again the lack of documentation hurts.

Reply   |   Comment by Scotty  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Greetings Ballpeen (#157):

Just took another look at UltraEdit. Indeed, it is a very powerful editor. Using just the "Notepad Replacement" Environment, here is what I noticed:

1. Tabbed Interface:

I figured out how to move the tab buttons [UltraEdit calls them "File Tabs"] to the bottom of the program window [viz., by dragging via the mouse]. However, they do not seem to be stackable which is vital when working with numerous files simultaneously [I sometimes have 10-30 files open simultaneously].

UltraEdit can place a coloured dot on each tab button according to the type of file format/extension [quite neat!] but I was not able to find any options for changing the text & background colour of the tab button for focussed vs unfocussed tabs. In NoteTab, I use a white background for the focussed tab button and in Firefox [I know, it's not a text editor], I also change the focussed tab button's text colour to tourquoise. [NoteTab can change the font face & colour for only ALL of the tab buttons, not specific ones.]

2. Syntax Highlighting
Well done and reasonably configurable. However, when strings are used as "Values" for "Attributes" in HTML Tags [ie., <IMG SRC="filename.gif" ALT="Image description">], they are the same colour as the normal text ["black", by default]. In contrast, numeric Values [ie., <IMG BORDER="0" WIDTH="123">] receive their own colour ["red", by default].

NoteTab's syntax highlighting is slightly weaker. Specifically, while filenames [Values for "SRC"] & URLs [Values for "HREF"] are coloured coded distinctly ["red", by default] from HTML Tags, HTML Attributes & string Values are coloured the same as HTML Tags ["blue", by default].

3. Text Selection
UltraEdit does have "Select All" via the right-click context menu but not NoteTab's "Copy All". Not really a big deal, though.

4. Line Numbering
No leading zeros [NoteTab doesn't have this either] and I wasn't able to find a "Go to Line Number" dialog [which NoteTab does possess].

Reply   |   Comment by Finibus Bonorum  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BTW Finibus #156: Ultraedit does everything you have on your list and very well. It's one of the most well-programmed apps I have ever seen.

I don't work for them, just a fanboy!

don't know, but they might still offer a lifetime license for just a small amount more than the usual price, I got that a few yrs ago.

Reply   |   Comment by Ballpeen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Greetings folks:

Based upon long ingrained habits developed from hand coding web pages the past decade, here are SOME of the features I desire in a text editor. (Note that, because I've used it extensively the past 5-6 years, NoteTab [Light & Pro] is my basis for comparison, even though it doesn't meet all my requirements.)

1. Tabbed interface:

- stackable [aka "multi-line"]
- movable to bottom or top of program window [I prefer them at the bottom of the program window like in WordPerfect. First thing I do in Firefox is install TabMix Plus and move the tabs to the bottom.]

2. Syntax highlighting
- configurable colours
- for HTML, separate colours for Tags, Attributes, & Values

3. Search & Replace
- global as well as current document
- multi-line selections
- auto-fill of "Search for" field with highlighted document text
- unified dialog box

4. Line Numbering
- "leading zeros" is nice
- "Go to Line #" is very helpful

5. Restore documents upon restart
- documents that were open at the end of the previous session are re-opened automatically
- cursor restored to last edit point in each document

6. Text Selection
"Select All" and "Copy All" options, especially via a right-click context menu [such as in NoteTab], is most useful.

The last time I posted was item # 36 in the AptEdit offering: href="http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/aptedit-pro-46/#comments
. I indicated that I would look at both AptEdit and PSPad.

Having finally tested AptEdit, I was quite pleased with it. The 2 minor faults I discovered were:
1. Separate dialog boxes for "Replace..." and "Replace in Files...". NoteTab, as well as many other editors, places them in the same dialog box along with a simple toggle switch for current & all documents. Ditto for the "Find..." and "Find in Files..." functions.

2. The tab buttons can be moved to the bottom of the program window but aren't stackable...they merely become narrower with increasing numbers of open documents.

As promised, I also examined PSPad. It too had a few minor problems.
1. Upon re-opening, it would re-load all documents from the previous session but wouldn't place the cursor at the last edit point in each document. Bit of a nuisance with long documents.

2. Like AptEdit, "Search..." and "Search/Replace in Files..." were separate menu selections and invoked separate dialog boxes.

I did notice that in PSPAD the tab buttons were stackable, could be moved to the bottom of the program window, and possessed 3 style options. In contrast, in NoteTab, the tabs couldn't be moved to the bottom but could be styled for text and background colour in both focussed and unfocussed states.

Both AptEdit and PSPad had "Select All" options in the right-click context menus but no "Copy All" like NoteTab. This necessitates an extra step when copying entire pages.

Both AptEdit and PSPad did an excellent job with HTML syntax highlighting, distinguishing between Tags, Attributes, and Values, and permitting colour customization.

Now, on to today's GAOTD offering, GridinSoft Notepad. It is very good although with some minor problems.

It has a large number of interface styles/schemes, provides the option of leading zeros for line numbering, has movable/dockable toolbars and restores all open documents from previous session along with placing the cursor at the last edit point(s). The status bar at the bottom is rather interesting in that it possesses toggles for NUM & CAPS lock, insert/overwrite, file statistics, and a line & column status indicator with "Go to line number" pop-up dialog.

I found 6 areas that need work:
A. Syntax Highlighting [Format > Options > Color Scheme: HTML Document]

1. odd conventions
With a typical HTML tag such as <IMG SRC="filename.gif">, the components are labeled, respectively, "Tag", "Attribute", and "Value". However, GridinSoft Notepad uses "ML:Tag", "ML:Key", and "ML:Quoted value". As a result, it took trial and error to find the corresponding items.

2. Default HTML syntax colour scheme
The Tag ["ML:Tag"] and Value ["ML:Quoted value"] colours were the same ["blue"] with the former being distinguished by being bolded. An alternative colour [I used Fushia for testing purposes] would be better. Since the HTML tags were bolded, I also added bold to regular text for visbility.

3. Attributes Dialog Box
Each modifiable syntax entry is prefixed with either Css, Es, ML, or Php. Perhaps it would be more intuitive to use "HTML" instead of "ML".

B. "Replace..." and "Replace in Files..."
1. Same problem as AptEdit and PSPad wherein "Replace..." and "Replace in Files..." menu selections and dialog boxes are separate instead of unified.

2. Auto insertion of highlighted document text into "Search for:" filed works with "Find..." and "Replace..." menu selections but not for "Search..." and "Search in Files..." menu selections.

3. Multi-line Search and Search and Replace not available.

C. Tabbed Interface
Movable to bottom of program window but not stackable

D. Spellchecker?
Despite viewing the flash video at GridinSoft, and exploring the program settings, I couldn't get the spellchecker to work with HTML documents.

E. Closing Documents
The "File" menu has a "Close All" option but no "Close" option. In contrast, the right-click context menu for a tab bar button would provide "Close" and "Close All But This" options but no "Close All" option. Curious...

F. Hang upon exit
Aftering loading 10 HTML documents ranging in size from 13KB to 169 KB, the program would simply hang upon exit. To prevent this, I had to close all of the documents first.

Reply   |   Comment by Finibus Bonorum  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@#124, Ken: Same goes for WindowsME!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh come on! where have all the GEEKS gone.??
Or don't they ever come to this watering hole.
GAOTD - has to do some arm twisting to get a patch from GridinSoft - as far as I can tell GAOTD has the same issue with this as they too are on Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by YYUOSUFF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The editor looks nice, installed OK, starts fats
But when I click 'Format' - 'Options...', it takes 20 (twenty!) seconds to show the options window (with 50% CPU load).
Similar things happen for 'Format' - 'Editor Options...'.
(Win XP Home + SP2)

Reply   |   Comment by Baka  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

# 109

Don’t try to install it on your Commodre64, it will have trouble there also...

Good one! I still have my Commodore VIC-20 (now, where's that tape drive for it...) ...does that mean I'm also out of luck?

Reply   |   Comment by Finibus Bonorum  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#63 - Nice sarcasm. Good job. Bet it went over many heads...

Thanks Gaotd & GridinSoft - I'm not a programmer but I used it as a regular editor for a .txt file and found it also works for non-geeks just writing letters to mom.

And the spill chocker worked too!

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This one need to run in compatibility mode for Windows Vista. So, I wouldn't list it as Vista compatible as the above said. Work fine when run in compatibility mode though. Great program by the way. Way better than Windows Notepad. To people who said they already have a tool like this default in the OS, this program is better than that default program that came with your Operating System. That's why they are selling it. People are not crazy ya know. They don't sell dumb stuff or they'll go bankrupt.

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

i think what some people fail to realize is that notepad++ is developed by one person...and only one. This editor (and ultraedit for that matter) are developed by more than one. Just having two people on a project enables the software to do so much more. I applaud notepad on being able to keep up with the big hitters.

As for this editor, i have nothing bad to say. it installs fine on vista 32 bit. the UI is very clean and polished.

Reply   |   Comment by paintballbob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gridinsoft should be able to answer #20 if we vista sufferers are to live with this debility, b'coz they are not going to provide a free upgrade.

Reply   |   Comment by YYUOSUFF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

whinge! whinge! whine! whine! did you pay for it NO I wish this was out here yesterday as I paid the $35 for it & today it's here free if you souks of developers look a bit closer you may be able to find that you can manipulate it which you can't do with those free notepads you are so fond of & you call yourselves developers hahaha! or is us non developers out there that find this out but then you can't please everyone can you!

Reply   |   Comment by Phlan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Any Geeks have any answers to #20??
before I uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by YYUOSUFF  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Freeware Alternatives:
Notetab Light
Notepad ++

and Emacs (lol ) :D

Reply   |   Comment by JVJ  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To those of you who commented on #63 Smartguy, I think you missed the point of his comment. Made me laugh. Haven't tried it yet (sorry wasted comment) but if it's as good as Universal Cynic say's it's definitely worth a try. Thanks Gridinsoft and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by rrodken  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ah yes. I was blind. Sorry. There are multiple tabs. Good :-)
And thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would like to undo have selecting GridinSoft's Notepad to replace MS's Notepad during installation.

When installing today, I checked the box saying to replace Window's Notepad with GridinSoft's. Now I would like the original Notepad back as the default.

Windows keeps asking for the Window cd everytime to re-install the original. I have to hit Cancel 10 times before GridinSoft's Notepad will come up.

Help please!

Reply   |   Comment by Ballpeen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I totally agree that those people who have not tried it should not be allowed to vote.

It seems a neat app. I always install using Returnil which does not permanently affect my system. Then if I like the software I reinstall permanently after restarting. If I don't, no traces are left.

This one is a keeper. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Caroline  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like free, and free commercial programs are nearly (but not fully) as good as real free. I'll stick with NotePad++. It loads up much faster for me, and does everything that I want that this one does, and some other things this one does not. Notepad++ has no ruler that I am aware of - but as a programmer's editor, I really have no use for a ruler, others might. I found the syntax folding and completion somewhat quirky, and did not really work properly for me on existing Python and Perl programs.

If it works out well for you, be happy. If not uninstall it. I appreciate both Gridinsoft and Giveaway of the day making apps available, at least we can try things and choose to keep or reject.

Reply   |   Comment by BillyBob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software is very nice. Worth downloading it. ^^,

Reply   |   Comment by Rombarium_LOL  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use notepad++ currently. I like this editor, but its missing the ability to open/save remote files (ftp, scp, or whatever) which is something I can't live without at home, and need a good deal at work.

Reply   |   Comment by Chase  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@129 Perhaps others as well. I have just posted an offer on my blog to any non-native-English speaking software developer in need of "compliance" grammar for this GOTD site. Simply put, they send me their short write-up and I'll fix it so the people will not confuse bad grammar with good programming. Team GOTD, you see them first. Allow me the opportunity to stop some of the madness. You have my email. You have my permission to give it to them. Let us all unite for our common good; each providing that for which he or she is best. w2wScribe

Reply   |   Comment by w2wScribe  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

What I find amazing are the morons who come on here, & act like they're the authority, trying to clam up everyone else, saying that the common man's posts ought to be chucked out the window.
Those of you who think that the Comment Section ought to be held off, until after the download, are completely off your rockers, besides being very hypocritical & delusional, & it wouldn't hurt you none at all, to learn a little from a good common man.
I don't buy any of these self proclaimed computer geniuses advice about any products. They're full of fluff, & themselves.
A common man's comment will tell me alot more than some nerd, who thinks they know it all.
Do the majority a favor, & learn some common sense!

Reply   |   Comment by Common Man  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Problem running on Vista

I had the same problem as 20 when running on Vista Home Premium. It installed OK but I received a message box when I click on the GridinSoft icon 'Failed to set data for "'. I also get an access error when trying to open a new document, open an existing file or close the application. I am running with administrator privileges. So it is not very useful for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed V  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

my early attempt at Spanish was meaningful but, atrocious to the Spanish speaking world.

It took me a few tries to parse your posting, but I finally realised that you appeared to be claiming to be an English native speaker with some competance.

We normally put the comma before the subsidiary clause, but possibly you were demonstrating the Gleswegian use of the terminal "but"?

Anyway, I recommend against your offering of grammar advice to foreign software authors. You wouldn't be doing them any favours.

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BTW, I had no problem installing it on Vista (Ultimate), but then I run as Admin (yes, yes, I know the warnings against that). I even turn off User Access Control. Hey, I like to live dangerously. (Yet in my 25 years of using PCs I’ve never had a virus, spambot, or other stuff detected when I’ve tested for such things. Providence? False sense of security? Or otherwise safe computing? You be the judge.)

Anyway, just meaning to say that at least this Vista user had no problem installing it.

The problem is that when UAC is turned off (which we do because M$ deliberately made UAC annoying, in order to put pressure on developers from users), you *are* at risk if you do everything as admin. You really have to switch to a non-privileged user routinely.

The problem is that if the software you're installing is dubious (eg includes spyware put there by hackers or a foreign government) then it does its damage during install and its too late even if you switch when you're using it routinely.

And as I've posted here many times over the last year, programs which install OK as admin on a system where UAC is disabled frequently do not run properly as a non-admin (like today's, which is otherwise a good piece of code). The problem is exacerbated by the fact that you cannot mark the program to 'run as admin' because it's the UAC mechanism which enables that facility, and it's turned off. I suspect that I'm one of the few people here who runs in this configuration because I seldom see anyone else reporting the problems that I see - and likewise I doubt many developers run in this configuration because if they did we wouldn't see these problems to begin with.

There's no good solution; the safest solution is to leave UAC on and live with the annoying popups. personally I'm willing to live a little dangerously to avoid that hassle, though it does mean that I miss out on about half the GAOTDs that don't play well.

At some point in the future this issue will go away as developers follow M$'s obscure rules, but by then they'll be on another version of the OS and the cycle will start again...

I'm with you that you don't get many problems if you're careful what you run, but if you're routinely running GAOTDs as admin then you're *not* being careful. Even if like me you're running Anvir, Mamutu and Returnil (all courtesy of GAOTD). The only reason I don't care that much is that there is *nothing* of value on this portable that I use to try out the GAOTD software on.


Reply   |   Comment by G  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used 3.2 and the original notepad to write ThunderBrowse, I think this is a very clean editor. Haven't tried the new one.

Reply   |   Comment by MASA  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ken...that problem was documented in their forums here

Reply   |   Comment by my_name_is_brad  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I so VERY much like this site. The comments are much more entertaining than TV. Somebody tell me where to reach these non-English speaking developers in bulk and I am in business. They don't mean to sound "improper"; my early attempt at Spanish was meaningful but, atrocious to the Spanish speaking world. I offer not criticism for their grammar but, assistance. I understand. How little time it would take me to "translate" the simple marketing efforts on a site like this, or even a home page designed to reach the English speaking market. My point is this, people judge you by their first impressions in ANY marketplace. Be prepared. The others are certainly prepared to judge. The comments placed here repeatedly support my argument. The software itself works fine for me right where I'm at and I am glad to have the opportunity to learn more from using it.

Reply   |   Comment by w2wScribe  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Most of what I have to say has already been said here, so I won't bother repeating those bits unnecessarily.

However, as a professional web designer/developer/programmer, I want to weigh in as another multi-language hand-coder who really likes the functionality of this tool.

I've been using HomeSite up until now for all of my development, and while it's a nice tool, it (at least the version I'm using) doesn't have the same capacity for multi-language recognition of code structure and terms that this does. I particularly like the highlighting of matching/closing parentheses when you're adjacent to either one -- it makes it so much easier to identify those annoying little errors that can creep in when you change the code, and either add or subtract just one paren too many. The use of colour and font weight to identify the different types of words on the screen (reserved words, variables, functions, digits, strings, etc.) makes debugging faster and easier, as well as the process of coding itself.

My husband has been particularly longing for a good lightweight (in terms of load speed and CPU/memory usage) editor that HAS a spell-checker, for a long time -- that was one of my reasons for getting this.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be fully functional on our old backup notebook, currently running Win98SE. It got an error during install, and although it installed well enough to run, it's killing all the icons on the screen or in the Start Menu. Looks like it's going to be hidden away for my emergency use when on that machine, until/unless the tool we get to replace it in that context turns out to be adequate for my needs as well as his.

Meanwhile, I've been coding in this tool all day, and I found it *considerably* faster and easier to use than the other text editors I've used for writing mixed PHP/HTML/javascript code. I haven't yet tried the full range of functions, but the ones I needed were easy to use, and ready to hand when I wanted/needed them. The only thing that's taken a little getting used to is going back to Word's default of -H for search-and-replace, instead of the -R I've gotten used to. Everything else was intuitive to the point of invisibility, as a good interface should be.

For those users whose computers will run it properly, I'd definitely recommend this program as a highly functional tool for hand-coding programming and development.

I haven't tried some of the other alternatives recommended here (though I look forward to doing so, especially in my search for a more functional option for our backup notebook), so I can't say if this is the BEST tool of its type -- but I *CAN* say that this is an *excellent* tool for this kind of purpose, whether you are simply looking for a Notepad alternative which offers you spell-checking and other basic features of that sort, or are a much more demanding user, looking for a good programming editor. I don't need to know which candy is the absolute best in order to know when I've found a good one, which is ideally suited to *my* needs, tastes, and desires.

To almost all who've commented, whether to critique the program, or to offer alternative options with descriptions of the features that attract you to them, I thank you for your time spent sharing useful information. The only comments I consider to be a waste of time and space are those which say absolutely nothing useful or informative, whether about this program directly, or about other ways to meet the same needs that it serves. (Though I will say I enjoyed the dry humour and sarcasm of commenter #70, even if there were earlier comments made in all sincerity which were so close to it in content as to make the sarcasm difficult to detect for those already irritated by genuinely unhelpful comments... LOL)

Thanks, GOTD, for the valuable free software you make available, and my thanks also to you folks who use the site and contribute other types of useful content. I definitely come away with more than just a single software option when I visit here, and IMHO that's value for my invested time, and well worth my time spent in commenting here in return.

I hope that you other site users, the silent ones, will consider the value YOU are getting here to be worth the comments that are all that's asked of you in return. As a developer myself, I know how valuable ALL kinds of informative feedback can be, even if it's not as kindly put as I would like. And, as a user, I know that the comments often tell me more about the software and its usefulness than the description does.

Last but not least, when reading descriptions like the one for this product, the first thing to go through my mind is "It's clear that the writer isn't a native English speaker -- I'm glad and impressed that they're able to communicate in my language well enough to tell me what they have; I doubt I could do the same in their language. Still, it would be nice if they had access to a native speaker to help them with their description and/or other product information, so that its presentation will do a better job of living up to the quality of the product, and better represent it in the marketplace as a result."

Thanks, Gridinsoft, for sharing this product here! I'll definitely take a look at your other products (like the PHP obfuscator) based on the quality I've seen in this one. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Always Learning  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like the html features of this program and the spell check. Thank you GridinSoft and Giveaway of the day. For Windows Vista users here is a way to not have uac in the way just copy and paste this link into your
Address bar:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-administrator-mode-shortcuts-without-uac-prompts-in-windows-vista/

Software like this is good it uses less than twenty megabytes of ram and it works with Windows 95 to Vista, you don't see than too often.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#15 here again... don't like my spelling?
I invent and write US patents, having my created words published in your Library of Congress to feed your intelli.
"un-great-ful" meens... your not as holy and great as I, and you are totally full of it.

Reply   |   Comment by elfmans  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I know this is off-topic -- but since comparisons to PSPad keep being made, it's only fair to list some of its many faults:

* The menu organization is poor because functions are not grouped logically.
* The macro language is severely limited in capability.
* It is not possible to Replace multiple lines.
* Column-mode editing is awkward.
* It has all the problems of an open source project without being open source.
* The translations to English are not always the best.

Having said this, I do use PSPad because it is a very powerful editor with some very good features. But it is not my primary editor because I find the problems too limiting.

I haven't evaluated GridinSoft Notepad yet, but I have downloaded it and certainly intend to try it out. I don't see the price being an issue because professional programmers spends a significant portion of their day using an editor and it's worth a few bucks to get something that works.

Reply   |   Comment by LeftCoastCanuck  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My idea of constructive feedback:

Like many editors - there are certainly more/or better features - than others.

The AptEdit given away just days ago has excellent syntax highlighting.

This editor is like NotePad on steroids. But - everything you need - not an overload of stuff you don't.

It is by all means - far and above worth every cent of the regular purchase price asked and as an all around great text editor or companion for programming or web development -- at free - it's a STEAL!

Works great as just a simple plain old text editor.
Works remarkable as a web code editor with AUTO CORRECTION to HTML CODE which in itself is PRICELESS.

For anyone who is a programmer or web developer - If you don't get this PRO version for FREE, it's a major loss.

For anyone who likes NotePad or WordPad - This just might fit the bill!

I love my RSS Feed my from GAOTD because each day it's like getting a free bowl of candy.

And you never know what you are going to get each day.
Thanks for making that happen, I love this site!

Reply   |   Comment by Design Dog  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

*** WARNING *** Errors on WIN98 install

I installed this program. The installer does not work correctly in win98 SE 4.10.2222 A

It crashes after the part where you enter the install key. Normally when this program installs, at this point the program runs (instead it crashes).

So I grabbed screen dumps of all the various messages, and then closed the dialog boxes (like a good little user) and tried to run the program a second time.

When I ran the program again, it looked ok. I loaded a PHP file and it was neatly highlighted. So I closed the file and the program. Guess what? I promptly lost all of the ICONS from my windows start menu and my desktop ->and everywhere else in the entire operating system.

Being used to windows oddities, I just went to the desktop properties and temporarily changed the screen size to force windows to redraw the screen at a different resolution and then change it back (an old trick for getting rid of many weird display errors)...this had no effect at all.

Oh well.

There are now no icons functioning. Only the "Tray" and the "Start Button" and those inside of a running program (like the upper right hand at the top of a window, or inside of the firefox URL text box). They do not appear on the Desktop, or in the menu that you get from the start button, or in windows explorer, or in a "BROWSE" window, or a "SAVE" window, or any window I open, including the "Control Panel". I have not restarted yet so I have no idea if I will ever get my icons back without a full windows re-install.

If you are running WIN98SE2, do *N*O*T* install this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Linder  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #111 and all arbiters of "that which is useful".

Unless you're offering up of remarks for little other than their comedic value, please try to be less simple in your judgments. It's not ever "just" about "the product". It's about "the market", that is, that cluster of people who may actually have a use for the product. As a rule, people who remark here are among that group. Their opinions reflect what the market holds and thus, accordingly, what adjustments need to be made in how the product is designed and/or presented. It's surprising you don't get that. It's also surprising to find you unaware that certain obviations class as "common knowledge", i.e. the fact that non-English speaking guys (and gals) are often responsible for excellent code. But thanks for the heads up.

Here's the true measure of the thing. The GridinSoft folks responsible for today's offer (some of whom may actually be coders) are going to comb through today's comments in order to learn from them how best to improve their product and/or its presentation. When they read posts which candidly address their need to revise the language of the their product description, they're going to "benefit" from that manner of input. Tell me you get that. When they read posts which say such things don't really matter, they're going to benefit to the magnitude of zip. But thanks for stopping by and expressing yourself. It affirms my assertion that everyone should be able to do so, well, freely.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Raywood  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi #97,

If the program has an accurate spell checker, then you do need it. The word is "ungrateful". It is not "ungreatful".

All comments are the better for being honest, polite and helpful.

Reply   |   Comment by UK Mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I’m gonna echo some of you - this stuff is FREE- download it and try it out. If you don’t like it - UNINSTALL IT- . Slamming something before you’ve even tried it is ridiculous, and does the developer a grave disservice.

And yes - PLEASE learn some grammar, and spell-check your posts. Many of you honestly sound completly illiterate.

...er "gonna" and "completly"? But I do agree with you about the imbécility of 99.9% of the posts here. Most of them are by teenagers I figure.

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Um, what about Notepad++? It's free and probably has much more support than this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Jost  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used an earlier version of this program when it was featured on GAOTD awhile back and it was very useful. I lost it when my hard drive crashed a few months ago.

Thanks for bringing it back.

Reply   |   Comment by Ninjitsumo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey REAL programmers (developers and webmasters) and/or Notepad++ fans!
PSPad (freeware) IS scriptable (programmable, extendable) and the users comunity has already created and published MANY extensions, check here:
and if you ARE developer and need some (extension), you can CREATE your own as you wish (and share with others too). Also, YOU can add support (syntax recognition and highliting, code and tag templates) for ANY programming or scripting language not supported yet (incl. calling its compiler, which in fact means creating IDE for that language).
I appologize to "normal" non-technical users for this post, but
of course for them its very good text editor too: just don't use the feature you don't understand.
Received many awards, check here:
BTW, it excellently supports non-english languages and their "special" characters (accents, diacritics) as well as several code pages and conversions between them, Unicode support included, as mentioned by #82).

Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I want to agree with Tom Raywood in #97.
This is intended to be a notice to the developers.

Your description, while detailed and verbose, needs some editing as far as grammar and spelling. I do look at these things when deciding whether a product is worth the price tag. I realize that it is free today, but you are here to gather input from potential customers. I am a potential customer whether I choose to download and use this or not. The writing style alone in the description makes me cautious about the product. Some people may think it is two entirely different topics, but it is significant to consider in your salesmanship.

I really do pay attention to several of the more diligent commenters here (while ignoring the less-diligent ones.) So far, I'm not seeing that your product is significantly more capable than several free options. I do sincerely hope that you consider the comments of these users in further development of your product. Thank you for offering this item here for us to try.

Reply   |   Comment by Purr  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have used TextPad for a number of years. It is free to try, and only costs $33. It highlights html code and has a button for viewing results in your browser. It can be downloaded at: www.textpad.com.

Reply   |   Comment by Hotshot  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like it. I have a lot of text editors, which I use for different purposes depending on their features. Nothing wrong with having more than one at the same time, after all.

Reply   |   Comment by Lucy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This editor is awsome. I have used many editors and this is definitely one of the best of the lot. Really clean interface, very well thought out workflow and chock full of options. Many more code highlighting templates for programming languages included than the previously offered AptEdit Pro and a really pleasing interface will make this one of my favorite editors all around.

Thank you very much for this GiveAway!

Reply   |   Comment by Texter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There are cynics. Then there is a Universal Cynic. There are mud sling. There are arguments. And of course, there are problems with the installation - especially in Vista. And don't ever forget the other freeware options.

Whatever there is, I read the comments. Gets to know how it runs even before trying it out. Also find out best freeware options.

I am here for the giveaway. And not to fight over how much should I pay for the software. I am here so that I do not have to pay.

I have been using UltraEdit since very long ( can't do basic text edting without that now) as well as SciTE - small and cool. I'll certainly find GridinSoft Notepad, as I do a lot of hand coding of my web pages.

I would certainly like to thank GAOTD team for getting me free, good, useful software most of the days. I would also thank all the people who post their valuable comments and views.

Reply   |   Comment by Seby  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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