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NewtPad Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — NewtPad

Modify text with spell checker and other features.
User rating: 258 (31%) 580 (69%) 110 comments

NewtPad was available as a giveaway on September 16, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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NewtPad is a powerful and fully featured text editor which has an emphasis on ease of use and stylish looks. It's got all the features you'd expect from a quality text editor such as on-the-fly spell checking (even within an HTML file), built-in FTP, syntax highlighting for many file types, HTML error checking and tidying, column select and full Unicode support.

It also has some features not found in any other editor like dragging the file using the right mouse button, a zoomed out map of your file for quick navigation and an easy to use HTML color picker.

System Requirements:

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


Sean O'Connor



File Size:

1.35 MB



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I use EditPad Lite via U3, works fine.
I also use Notepad++ via portableapps.com.

Reply   |   Comment by CubeWarrior  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

While I don't use these standalone, all-in-one editors, and therefor won't give a comparison vs. alternatives, I do find that many of the negative comments haven't examined the features available. If you use drag-and-drop, it will open a group of files (it can also save all and close all). While it doesn't let you re-order tabs, if you have more tabs than are visible, you can right-drag the tabs list.

I looked at some the HTML parsing I commented on earlier. The biggest problem is that it expects "link" to have an end tag, but it doesn't. A comment which I thought it parsed incorrectly contained a link, which it showed as active (one could argue that that's a design decision). What it didn't like in the enclosing statement was a prefixed attribute name (namespaces).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Newcomer, don't install it if you already have Aptedit. Aptedit is a better application for editing text files. However, if you need a speedy software, you can go ahead and install this. It wont' affect your Aptedit program because these are totally different programs that won't interfere with each other in any way. No, it won't disable nor expire your Aptedit program either. The only problem you might get is choosing which application as the default editor.

Reply   |   Comment by Lyndon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

What this program doesn't work on PC-DOS or OS/2 Warp... shame shame :D

Seriously nice program and light weight for standard needs and the multiple tab feature is nice if you have lots and lots of re-edits to do..

As for post #1... use Edlin...or if your sadistic use "Copy con filename.txt" ;-)

And yes I'm that old :P


Reply   |   Comment by Shawn  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@100 Newcomer

I haven't really had very much time to use todays giveaway, but i have used AptEdit a lot ever since its giveaway and I would say AptEdit is better than NewtPad. Also like i mentioned i haven't really had time to use NewtPad, so this is just an estimate.

P.S. It is ok to have both programs on your PC, they won't interfere with each other, so just try it out. Don't forget, you can always uninstall the program if you don't find it useful enough, but you only have the rest of today to install it.

Reply   |   Comment by computer whiz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

at ADA #6. Do you understand that this program is FREE? Wake up.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

That first comment was the funniest thing I've seen all week. The rest of the comments are just bland "installed fine, works good, thx gaotd"
BORING. Oh, and anyone who took comment #1 seriously got trolled. Lrn2Internet

Reply   |   Comment by LOL  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I agree with #93. This program is useful, yet TextPad offers more, I've used their evaluation multiple times.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny B  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Terry, comment #65, the games are not being offered as part of the game giveway project. I just thought I'd post details of some of the many free games I know about. Rather than post the whole lot enmass, which will pobably then be lost somewhere in the forums, I decided to post one a day. Hopefully it will keep people interested as it will stay on the front page of the forums for people to see. The advantage of this being that you can download any of the games that I post any time you wish. :)


Stephen aka whiterabbit

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Day 4's free game of the day has been up over in the forums for a few hours now. It's a 264Mb downlod and is a First Person Shooter originally released on CD in 1999, then updated to the Deluxe version, which was converted to abandonware about 5 years ago. It's a great game for it's size (ps games tend to be much bigger) Check it out by going to the end of the thread:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To 100#:This one is too simple. NewPad only has basic features for a text editor. Install it is very easy. You can try it. I do not like its "map" window. Its UI is very oddity.

Reply   |   Comment by David Cheng  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#74, thanks for your suggestions. I heard there were dinosaurs out there. I encountered one that pre-dated 3 1/2" floppies and didn't have a hard drive. I doubt the owner would want this because it would basically be 'bloatware' for such a system. ;) I have played the trial version of slay and was actually thinking about the space game, but couldn't remember the name.

#54, I wanted Snowball support. ;)
(If the link didn't work, I apoligize. I can't test it here.)

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just read Number 14: I like Aptedit the best a former GOTD giveaway http://www.aptedit.com/. AptEdit is more powerful than this. It can edit text, html, hex code.
Now my cuestion before I download this: I have already Apedit installed and I don´t know if I install this one of today if I will experience problems with my PC with compatibilities. I am new with this and I don´t want to risk anything. I just want the best. If you think, the program of today is better than Apedit, let me know it as soon as possible because time is runnign out. So what should I do? Please give me an answer. I am sure that your answers will help more people. Thanks in advanced!

Reply   |   Comment by Newcomer  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

There is a bug with the "map" window that if you "X" out of the map window the "map" button remains pressed even though the "X"ing has actually switched off the mapping function. To restore the map window using the tool bar requires you press the already pressed "map" button again.
The Options|Layout menu properly reflects the current maping state.
The spell checker apears to consist of merged USA and UK spelling dictionaries with it accepting both spellings of common spelling differences e.g. colour and color

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#1 try installing win32s in win3.1, never know that might be enough to let it work... but considering that win95 is the oldest OS it claims compatability with your comment seems somewhat "troll" like.

Plus I would wager that GAOTD activation / decryption module would not function under windows 3.1 I personally doubt it will work under windows 95, I recall the trouble I had pushing GAOTD team to make it properly compatible with windows 98!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #1 and those who use Windows 3.1, don't care for all the Windows 3.1 bashing. So what? I know a whole government department still using Windows 3.11! And when your job is to support Windows 3.1, a good text editor is required to write all those codes and management scripts.

Why upgrade when you're using the PC as a glorified typewriter and database terminal? So, a "text-editor" that's a little-bit-more-than-notepad-but-not-so-ultraedit should think of supporting Windows 3.1 because those people still using Windows 3.1 do need text editors.

The market is not that small... think of the new emerging economies that are buying very old second hand PCs from the rest of the world. Not the whole world live in US and Europe. Just because you're advanced, don't forget those who had late start and are still catching up.

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Looks ok, but better freeware options I have used and use now are: PSPad (http://www.pspad.com/) and RJ TextEd (http://www.rj-texted.com/) . Both have lots more features and are far more advanced. Take a look there before you try this one!

Reply   |   Comment by SDTriathlete  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Heh, it's cute how so many people take that Win 3.1-comment seriously.

Reply   |   Comment by fluffy bunny  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey it's free (well today at least), so no-one can seriously complain too much. It does most of what a simple editor needs to do, and most of the other editors mentioned probably started life with less features than they currently contain, and have benefited from some constructive feedback.

It would certainly benefit from addressing some of the issues raised, some of which are quite simple, some less so, including:
After undoing all changes, the "changed" indicator should disappear,
The load/save dialog should include different types of file, eg *.cpp, *.html etc,
The Save As dialog ought to give an option to change the encoding,
F3 ought to find next (how hard can that be?)
The tabs need to be closeable with button or right click,
Hex editor would be great,
The unlikely suggestion of a zebra referee, if done well, would actually be a USP that no other editors have afaik.

On the plus side, the column mode is good, as is the replacing of text in multiple files.

I probably wouldn't buy it now for $20, but who knows in 1 or 2 versions time.

Reply   |   Comment by Nickski  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This looks like a very useful tool, according to all of these comments. I use NotePad currently.
GAOTD, although this is a nice program, please considier making TextPad a Giveaway!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Super  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#41, That's because you need the upgraded Etch-A-Sketch version Google It, and if you need tech support Google Etch-A-Sketch tech support, they have that too.

GAOTD thanks for offering great software.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Kudos to Sean for offering his first major revision in just under 2 years to GAOTD for free.

PRO: Love the built-in FTP and numbering schema, but am voting for #80's idea of an on/off toggle.

CON: Absolutely will not run on my Tandy TRS 80, and it's so bloated, it'd suck up 25% of my HP150's 5mb hard drive. (if I could get the floppy drive to crank over)

Reply   |   Comment by RunesageMagik  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This did the strangest thing on my Win98SE machine; I never had a program that did this in over 25 years of working with computers - it installed OK, but when I try to start it I get the active cursor for about 2 seconds, and nothing. I even uninstalled, rebooted, and reinstalled - twice, but same thing - NOTHING.

Wintop shows no active process, Ctrl/Alt/Del brings up nothing, it just doesn't run at all, and it explicitly says it WILL run under 95, 98, XP, etc..

Sorry Sean, I don't have time to fiddle with it... this is a big thumbs down for me.

(Thanks for the Win3.1 and etch-a-sketch chuckles, guys. It wouldn't run right on my microwave either - kept overcooking the fish and trying to FTP the fries!)

Reply   |   Comment by JL  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice, small, text editor, *with spell checking* which is a definite plus, and it looks to be completely portable for use from a CD or USB memory stick.

Personally I've tried a whole lot of freeware alternatives, but on most the added features seemed to get in the way, so I wound up going back to Windows Notepad. Newtpad looks promising, & I'll give it a try for the simple, quick text jobs where I don't want to wait for one of my word processors to load.

I'm sure there's better for writing code, but I don't. Probably better text tools for html too, but I use web page design software. Imagine this'll be ideal for a lot of folks.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

While this is pretty bare bones editor what it does it does well. The fact that it provides full unicode support is a big plus. I just installed it and tried it and it is fast. If however you are using some past giveaways like AptEdit Pro or GridinSoft Notepad you are unlikely to prefer this editor to those. Sill it is a nice little tool and does not take up much space so I will be keeping it for possible use in the future. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Leland  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tried the program but the interface reminded me as it were made for handicapped. I uninstalled it right away. I liked very much the program "GridinSoft Notepad v3.3" that i use continuesly on daily basis and have replaced Windows Notepad with it. It was as a giveaway here a while ago! Super program.

Back to this todays giveaway, The icons were big and the working space was quite limited. It didn't have many features but just the basics, even windows notepad is what i prefer to this one. The program icon (an angry dog) is very irritating- i can't relate the dog for a text editor! Good try though, and good luck to the author, this is not just for me. Thanks for Gaotd to your valuable work.

Reply   |   Comment by Seijuska  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Newtpad is actually a decent text editor, and the built-in FTP capability is a nice, added touch. But I have to agree with some of the other reviewers: given freeware and open source alternatives (Notepad++ or PSPad especially), Newtpad does not offer a whole lot more to justify the $20.00 purchase price. In fact, for $20, buy Jarte Pro -- an excellent word processor and outliner with support for both plain and rich text file formats. Jarte Pro can even be used to open and edit Word DOC files.

Reply   |   Comment by nitegeocor  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Apologies to #37 - you were right: there are free Pepsky Lite offerings at the bottom of their web page.

You're right about some GAOTD offerings going up in smoke after a while. I'm being a lot more careful about registering offerings here and testing stuff right away, as well as keeping notes.

Reply   |   Comment by gonzo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#80, BloughMee, under Options, File Types, associated with HTML are .html, .htm, .tpl, .jhtml, .shtm, .shtml, .rhtml, .phtml, .htx, .asp, .aspx, and .wrl. While there's no indication that NewtPad was developed primarily as an HTML editor, HTML does have the most support. I don't get the complaints over the line numbers. The scale (ruler) is sufficient, the status bar shows the current line number, and you can set bookmarks (although they only select the line, not the column). Shift + double-click selects an entire HTML tag.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dont need it but a good program I use the Griinsoft notepad program I got on here awhile back. But like always thanks GAOTD maybe something for me tomorrow. I wish you would offer Web Stream Recorder Pro again I lost my copy and wish I still had it.

Reply   |   Comment by Raybon1  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded fine on XP SP3. Activated, nice layout but has a huge draw back for me. When I click to open files on my hard drive, it will only let me open one file at a time.

Crimson Editor which hasn't been updated in years, does this seamlessly. This is important if you want to bring in all your web site pages and do a simple search and replace in a matter of a few minutes.

This text editor also doesn't have macro recording like Crimson Editor. This is extremely useful when you want to insert repetitive code in your html file.

Your software has a nice look but I wouldn't recommend it until you add the above features.

Hopefully, you won't take the above negatively but as feedback to improve your program.


Reply   |   Comment by Judith Tramayne  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@bill - "Won’t load in Windows 3.1"

That's because this is really a DOS program.

So I think I can help you out, Billy. Looks like you've run afoul of the dreaded 640k barrier. Try adding these lines to your config.sys file.

device=c:\dos\emm386.exe ram
shell=c:\dos\command.com c:\dos /e:512 /p

By doing so you will enable DOS access to high and upper memory areas. Then you can load your mouse driver high and free up more conventional memory! I also tweaked the environment table for you too.

Once you've made these modifications you should have no problem at all running the program. It runs great on my PC AT even with Quake 3 running in the background.

Happy Computing,

Reply   |   Comment by Debug  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Here's an actual review.
This is a good text editor for a web developer dealing in HTML. I think that's why it was developed...but then it's odd that the file extensions don't include .htm / .html and .asp

I don't like the line numbers every 10 10...20....30... etc. (too vague) but not a deal-killer. You can CNTRL-G (go) to whatever line number you want, and there's a doc map you can scroll around in to find your spot as well. Would be nice if you could toggle every-line numbering on/off however.

Direct FTP is handy. Save a file from your site locally - load it up and make the changes -- and FTP it right back to the site. Quick and easy.

It's very true - there are at least a dozen other text editors that are a lot fuller-featured (I use UltraEdit for hacking serious code)... but SO FREAKING WHAT??? That has nothing to do with anything. You can also go buy MSWord, download OpenOffice - etc. It's irrelevant since THIS is the giveaway today.

This is nice and handy for web work. Thumbs-UP.

I could not get it to run on my iPhone, my Apple Lisa, or my Commadore (just kidding)

Reply   |   Comment by BloughMee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#42 You'd want an FTP client in a text editor because a lot of developers need to quickly update an HTML or .ASP file on their website.... or replace something in a project code repository without a lot of rigamarole. I use DreamWeaver for website authoring (as do most pros) however, there are 100x/week that you just need to go in and replace a comma or tweak something - and you want to do it FAST, right from your text editor.

Comments like that are ignorant - meaning uniformed. This board is for the review of the software, not Computer 101. If you don't get it - don't post it.

Reply   |   Comment by BloughMee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would love to use this, the GUI is great. But the syntax highlighting for C# is not complete. It don't detect strings, and some other stuff.

I would love to see this updated, though, the Syntax highlighting don't bother me much. I'm just used to seeing the words highlighted.

Crimson Editor is also a great free editor.

Reply   |   Comment by DL  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

HAHAHA #1... I hope you're kidding. WINDOWS 3.1 ???? HAHAHAHA Get real dude. BTW - It won't run on a Selectric Typewriter or a Mimeograph machine either. HAHAHAHAHA What a total idiot.

Thanks for the laugh though.

Reply   |   Comment by BloughMee  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#67, Rick, hold down the Alt key while doing the mouse-select (drag) to select columns or a rectangular region. Double-clicking selects the current word.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#41 Sarahbeth

It did not load in windows 3.1 for me either but


Load in my etch-a-sketch.

But of course that is because I upgraded from the gray stuff inside to the blue stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Is there a MS-DOS version? I use Desqview and QEMM so multi-tasking is no problem. Oh, what about a version for my Apple IIE, Atari 800 and Commodore Vic 20? That would be great! It may be asking a lot, but... I'd also be interested in a TI99-4A version, though it's hard to find good software for a 4KB computer.



Reply   |   Comment by Beldin  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice to see Sean O'Connor on-board with the GAOTD concept, just hope some of the games come up from time to time - wouldn't mind reacquainting myself with "Critical Mass" - the trial occupied many a minute waiting for X-Stream free dialup to connect.

Newtpad has never even been on the radar for me - I was always loyal to "Programmer's File Editor" as my notepad replacement. I guess I'll give Newtpad a shot now.

Reply   |   Comment by The Leecher  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Are you kidding me ???!!! Someone is complaining about this software not loading in Windows 3.1... Upgrade my friend, Upgrade.

I use to love Windows 98 and kept it as long as I could but, you'll be happy U did there are so many more features and tools. Windows 3.1 doesn't even compare to 98.

Reply   |   Comment by SuccessShazam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TO POST #1....

"Wont load in Windows 3.1" are you frikkin kidding me?

Reply   |   Comment by Bailey  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Why not use PSPAD?? It is free, has many more features.
Google it, and use it! I love it.

Reply   |   Comment by Steven  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Won’t load in Windows 3.1

Yup no good. Won't work in my Atari 2600 either. Seven thumbs down. One pinkie up, but that's just because I am a generous person.

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

"Stylish looks" are included for the people who think bling is more important that useful functions. I'll stick with Notepad2 for my plain-text, thanks. If I wanted stylish looks, I'd buy an iPhone.

Reply   |   Comment by Guy Fawkes  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No column select as claimed! I'll stick with Crimson Editor, but thanks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#1 "Wont load in windows 3.1" - LOL

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Rowe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Whiterabbit or #20 - where are you finding these games? I go to gamegiveaway every day and they only offer games on the weekend....

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Neat texteditor, quite simple but straight forward. I'll try using it for html editing purposes. The feature to navigate by map is quite innovative and helpful.

For a full featured editor i recommend Textpad, though its more expensive (30$) than this one.

Some points & hints:

* line numbering, i insist on this
* slow scrolling when navigating by map
* ansi viewing would be a nice plus (proportional font & extended dos charset) for viewing ascii art correctly
* pictures used for tabs could indicate text type (ansi / unix / apple)

Reply   |   Comment by someone  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thumbs up, because I like the colors they used.

First I had an installation problem, but then I followed the suggestion of Bill #1 and installed Windows 3.1 and now it works fine.
It would be nice to have a 2-player version though. Is there a tweak to do that?

Reply   |   Comment by BrainGel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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