EditPad Lite Release Notes
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EditPad Lite 7.2.3 – 22 February 2013
This release brings several fixes and improvements to EditPad's features for searching for text. In the Search Preferences, you can enable an option to make double-clicking a shortcut for Search|Instant Highlight. Turning this on will no longer change the highlighting when you double-click something like an URL that has its own double-click action (opening the URL in your browser). You can still select Search|Instant Highlight in the menu if you do want to highlight something that has a double-click action.
In version 7.2.1 we introduced a new bug that caused search commands that process all matches like Replace All to show an access violation error after showing a proper error message when attempting to use an invalid regular expression. Version 7.2.3 fixes this, while keeping the otherwise improved handling of invalid regular expressions introduced in version 7.2.1.
A few other minor bugs were also fixed. The version history has the complete list.
EditPad Lite 7.2.2 – 10 December 2012
Previous 7.x.x releases caused seemingly arbitrary division by zero errors on certain PCs in certain circumstances when opening files, closing EditPad, and/or changing the font size. Version 7.2.2 eliminates all such errors.
EditPad Lite 7.2.1 – 26 November 2012
This release fixes one major issue we missed in version 7.2.0. In EditPad Lite 7.2.0, selecting text from right to left and then deleting the selection caused an access violation error. This bug has been fixed. The Search panel now handles invalid regular expressions a bit more gracefully.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.2.1 version history
EditPad Lite 7.2.0 – 2 November 2012
EditPad Lite is now fully compatible with Windows 8. We only had to fix a few minor issues in the installer, and one issue in EditPad Lite itself that caused drop-down lists on toolbars to display their drop-down arrows incorrectly.
Most Windows applications disable the Cut and Copy commands when nothing is selected>. EditPad Lite, however, keeps these commands enabled and cuts or copies the active line when nothing is selected. The benefit is that this way you can quickly copy or move lines around, without having to select them. But it does mean that the contents of the clipboard will be replaced if you accidentally hit Ctrl+X or Ctrl+C without making a selection. In Options|Preferences|Editor there is a new option "Copy active line when nothing is selected". It is on by default, enabling EditPad's special behavior. You can turn it off to make EditPad disable the Cut and Copy commands like other Windows applications do. Also, if you leave this option on, pressing Ctrl+X or Ctrl+C while the cursor is on an empty line no longer erases the clipboard.
Several improvements were also made. Deleting (large) rectangular selections is now much faster. If you overwrite a file that is already open while using File|Save As, then the overwritten file is now closed automatically, to prevent the same file being open in two tabs.
A bunch of minor bugs were also fixed. The version history has the complete list.
EditPad Lite 7.1.2 – 31 May 2012
This release brings a large number of minor bug fixes and improvements. The version history has the complete list. These release notes highlight the most important improvements.
EditPad 6 and prior had a large Search panel with multi-line Search and Replace boxes. EditPad 7.0.0 introduced new compact Search toolbar with small Search and Replace drop-down lists. The Toggle Search Panel item in the Search menu allowed you to switch between the two. This menu item has been renamed to Multi-Line Search Panel to make it clearer what this menu item does: open or close the large Search panel with multi-line Search and Replace boxes. The actual function of the menu item is unchanged. What is also unchanged is that if you only ever want to use the large search panel (as in EditPad 6 and before), you can disable the Search toolbar by first using Search|Multi-Line Search Panel to close the large search panel (if it is visible), and then right-click on any toolbar and select Search to hide the Search toolbar. Next time you press Ctrl+F, the large Search panel will appear.
EditPad 7.1.2 no longer loads and saves its toolbar configuration if you have never customized the toolbars. This noticeably reduces the time it takes for EditPad to start and shut down, particularly on slower computers. If you have used a previous EditPad 7.x.x release, or if you have customized the toolbars, then you can use the View|Restore Default Layout command to make EditPad 7.1.2 forget its toolbar customization and benefit from the faster startup and shutdown.
In previous versions of EditPad, the Extra|Delete Duplicate Lines command used a speed optimization that in rare situations caused it to treat two lines that are different as duplicates. This optimization was removed to make the Delete Duplicate Lines command 100% accurate. To offset the loss in speed, the Delete Duplicate Lines command will now use all of your computer's CPU cores to compare the lines in your file.
EditPad Lite 7.1.1 – 24 January 2012
While EditPad Lite is only officially supported on Windows, it runs well enough on Linux using WINE. Version 7.1.0 failed to run under WINE, crashing at startup. Version 7.1.1 fixes this.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.1.1 version history
EditPad Lite 7.1.0 – 16 January 2012
EditPad Lite's installer now includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of EditPad Lite. It will automatically install the correct version depending on whether you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. Because this is a free minor update, the installer will automatically use the same installation folder. If you previously installed a previous version of EditPad Lite under c:\Program Files (x86)\ on 64-bit Windows, then the EditPad Lite 7.1.0 installer will install the 64-bit version into the same folder under c:\Program Files (x86)\. Though this folder is normally used for 32-bit applications, there is absolutely no problem with installing 64-bit software into it. You can change the installation folder via Advanced Options Installation, but that will break any shortcuts and file associations you created with EditPad Lite. For new installations on 64-bit Windows, the installer will default to c:\Program Files\.
The main benefit of having a native 64-bit version of EditPad Lite is that it can now use all of the available RAM in your PC, rather than being limited to 2 GB. This allows you to keep more large files open at the same time. The 64-bit version of EditPad Lite still won't open files larger than 2 GB. To edit files larger than 2 GB you need EditPad Pro, which has the ability to partially read files into memory via the "huge files threshold" setting in Options|Preferences|Open Files.
The mechanism for docking side panels has changed. Previously panels were docked by dragging their caption bar or tab and then dragging them to the edge of another panel or EditPad itself. This was cumbersome because the edge area that the mouse needed to be dragged to was invisible. Starting with version 7.1.0, when you drag a panel by its caption bar or tab, squares will appear next to the 4 edges of EditPad's window. Moving the mouse to one of those squares while dragging a panel docks it to the edge of EditPad's window. While dragging over another panel, 5 squares appear in the middle of the panel. Moving the mouse to the center square docks the dragged panel into a tab container with the panel you're dropping it onto. Moving the mouse to one of the 4 outer squares docks the panel side by side with the other panel.
EditPad's main editor (where you edit your files) also acts as a location where you can dock panels. The center square is disabled because you put the main editor into a tab container (it already has tabs for files). The outer squares dock panels side by side with the main editor. If there are no panels docked at a particular edge, then there may appear no difference between docking a panel side by side with the main editor or docking it to the edge of EditPad itself. But there is a difference. You will notice it when you resize EditPad's window. If a panel is docked to the edge of EditPad's window, then resizing EditPad's window does not change the size of that panel. But when you dock it side by side with the main editor, resizing EditPad's window will also resize the docked panel in proportion to the space it shares with the main editor.
This release also brings a bunch of minor fixes and improvements. The version history has all the details.
EditPad Lite 7.0.9 – 9 December 2011
The installer now allows you to create portable installations even when you don't have administrator rights on the PC you're running the installer on. You can create a portable install in any folder that you can write to, even if that folder is on a hard drive.
EditPad Lite's editor has two right-click menus. One appears when you right-click on selected text. The other appears when you right-click on text that is not selected (even if other text is selected). Version 7.0.9 is now a bit more logical in its choice of which context menu to show when you right-click. You can customize EditPad's main context menus by right-clicking on any toolbar and selecting Customize. A temporary toolbar that holds the context menus appear, allowing you to customize them by dragging and dropping menu items.
Several bugs have been fixed. If a file had more than 9,999 lines then the width of the margin was sometimes inconsistent until you caused all visible lines to be repainted. Opening a file larger than 64K with line numbers turned on by default sometimes caused an access violation error. Printing failed if the font was not a TrueType font. If Search|Copy Search Matches took long enough for a progress meter to appear, EditPad failed to close the progress meter after copying the search matches, making further interaction with EditPad impossible.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.9 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.8 – 20 October 2011
The Search|Prepare to Search command (Ctrl+F) was broken in version 7.0.7. It did not show the full search panel when both the search toolbar and search panel were invisible. This has been fixed, while keeping the ability to put focus on the search drop-down list on toolbars other than the Search toolbar that was introduced in version 7.0.7.
When you open a very large file, EditPad will show you the top of the file immediately and allow you to edit it while it continues to scan the file for line breaks in the background. Version 7.0.8 fixes several bugs that could cause EditPad to crash if you worked with a file that was still being scanned for line breaks.
EditPad Lite 7.0.0 added the ability to configure keyboard shortcuts via Options|Preferences|Keyboard. Previously this feature was only available in EditPad Pro. Unfortunately, the menu items in EditPad Lite did not actually use the keyboard shortcuts that you configured. This has now been fixed.
Two window placement bugs that occurred only on Windows 7 have been fixed. If you minimized EditPad, restored it and moved it to a different monitor, then some commands such as File|Open moved EditPad's window back to the position it was previously restored to. If you placed EditPad on a monitor that has the taskbar at the left or at the top, minimized EditPad, and then restored it, EditPad's position would be shifted by the width or height of the taskbar.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.8 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.7 – 4 October 2011
In EditPad's built-in forum, pressing Ctrl+C while keyboard focus is on the list of conversations or messages now correctly copies an URL using the editpad: scheme. The message text editor now highlights URLs that use the editpad: scheme. Double-clicking such an URL opens the conversation or message it links to in EditPad's forum. The cursor in the message text editor now also changes to reflect insert and overwrite mode if the text layout for the default file type uses different cursors for insert and overwrite mode. The submenu of the Attach button on the forum window now has two additional items that you can use to attach the entire clip collection that you have open on the Clip Collection panel, or just the clip that you have selected on the Clip Collection panel.
If you put the Search drop-down list on the main toolbar or a custom toolbar and hide the Search toolbar, the Search|Prepare to Search command (Ctrl+F) will now focus the Search drop-down list wherever you put it rather than showing the full search panel. Padding and other placeholder options are now correctly applied to placeholders for capturing groups such as %GROUP1:6L%. Replace All using a regular expression no longer results in incorrect line breaks.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.7 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.6 – 19 August 2011
This release fixes two bugs. Version 7.0.5 incorrectly interpreted UNC paths passed on the command line. This made it impossible to open files on network shares by double-clicking them in Windows Explorer.
Depending on how the default browser was configured, on some PCs the View|Browser command launched the file being edited rather than launching the default browser and passing it the file being edited.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.6 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.5 – 15 August 2011
EditPad 7.0.0 brought full support for right-to-left and bidirectional text editing. Version 7.0.5 improves on this to make EditPad's behavior more like that of Notepad and other Windows applications. If any of the installed keyboard layouts is for a right-to-left language, then you can switch to a left-to-right text layout by holding down either Ctrl key while pressing and releasing the left hand Shift key. You can switch to a right-to-left text layout by holding down either Ctrl key while pressing and releasing the right hand Shift key. The text layouts are switched in the same way as the Options|Right-to-left menu item does. This menu item is still available.
As part of the text layout configuration in Options|Text Layout you can choose the shape of the text cursor. Previously, there was one cursor shape that uses a "flag" to indicate the direction of the text that the cursor was at. This kind of flag is still available as an option called "flag indicating text direction". This allows you to distinguish between cursor positions that would otherwise be ambiguous. E.g. if you type the English "a" followed by the Hebrew "ש" then you'll get "aש". If you now click between the two characters to put the cursor between the two, they the cursor might be placed after the "a" or after "ש". If the flag points to the right, it indicates left-to-right text, meaning newly typed text will be inserted after the "a". If the flag points to the left, it indicates right-to-left text, meaning newly typed text will be inserted after the "ש". Essentially, the "flag indicating text direction" option indicates the direction of previously typed text. Starting with version 7.0.5, the default bidirectional cursor gives the flag a different meaning. In the cursor customization, this option is called "flag indicating keyboard direction". Just like the standard Windows text cursor in Notepad and many other applications, it indicates whether the currently selected keyboard layout is for a left-to-right language or a right-to-left language. Essentially, the "flag indicating keyboard direction" indicates the direction of new text you're about to type.
A whole bunch of minor bugs were fixed as well. The version history has the complete list.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.5 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.4 – 28 June 2011
On Windows 7, Options|Stay on Top caused EditPad 7 to stay on top of its own dialog boxes. This was fixed in EditPad Pro 7.0.3 but not in EditPad Lite 7.0.3. It is now fixed in EditPad Lite 7.0.4 too. When Options|Stay On Top is active, dialog boxes will stay on top of EditPad, and EditPad will still stay on top of all other applications.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.4 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.3 – 27 June 2011
This release fixes a number of issues found in previous 7.0.x releases. EditPad 7.0.0 introduced full support for bidirectional editing of right-to-left scripts and complex scripts. Because bidirectional text is drawn in two passes, EditPad's display sometimes flickered while you edited a file. Version 7.0.3 implements full double-buffering to eliminate all flicker. The right-to-left text layout now correctly spaces and displays tabs.
Version 7.0.2 made an improvement to the monospaced left-to-right only to space ideographs exactly twice as wide as all other characters (instead of squeezing them into the same width as Latin letters). Unfortunately, when tabs were used on the same line as ideographs, the text cursor was positioned incorrectly. Version 7.0.3 correctly handles tabs mixed with ideographs using the monospaced text layout.
Turning on Incremental Search in EditPad Lite 7 no longer causes seemingly arbitrary errors when editing the search term after closing a file.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.3 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.2 – 8 June 2011
EditPad Lite 7.0.0 introduced a new "text layout configuration" system that can be accessed via the Options menu and via the file type configuration. This allows you to configure how EditPad displays and edits text, with full support for complex scripts such as the various Indic scripts and right-to-left scripts such as Hebrew and Arabic. There's also a text layout option for making left-to-right text strictly monospaced.
EditPad Lite 7.0.2 brings several fixes and improvements. Changes made to the text layout configuration via Options|Text Layout|Configure Text Layouts are now automatically saved, just like changes you make via Options|Configure File Types|Editor Options|Text Layout. The monospaced left-to-right only now spaces ideographs exactly twice as wide as all other characters (instead of squeezing them into the same width as Latin letters), counting each ideograph as two columns, as long as "ASCII characters with full ideographic width" is turned off. If "ASCII characters with full ideographic width" is turned on, then the monospaced left-to-right text layout spaces all characters as wide as ideographs.
EditPad Lite 7.0.0 also introduced a new system of fully customizable menus and toolbars, with increased consistency between the menus and the toolbars. One obvious change is that menu items can now have submenus while still being commands themselves, just like toolbar buttons can have drop-down menus while still being commands themselves. As in EditPad 6, clicking the File|Open toolbar button shows the open file dialog, while using the drop-down menu allows you to reopen recently closed files. New is that the File|Open menu item now too has a submenu with recently closed files. Clicking the File|Open menu item directly shows the open file dialog, while using the submenu opens recent files. The result is a more compact main menu that can offer all the options without extra items for submenus. EditPad 6 had a separate File|Reopen submenu and an Options|Word Wrap menu item that lacked the additional wrapping options available through the toolbar button. EditPad 7 has a File|Open command with a submenu and an Options|Word Wrap command with a submenu that are exactly the same in the main menu and on the toolbar.
One disadvantage of the new system was that Alt+letter key combinations could not be used to access the submenus of menu items that are commands themselves. Only the arrow keys or mouse could be used. EditPad 7.0.0 and 7.0.1 would always execute the command. In EditPad 7.0.2, the state of the Alt key determines whether pressing the letter key will open the submenu or activate the command. To access the main menu, you have to press Alt+Letter like before. E.g. Alt+F opens the File menu. To open a submenu, continue to hold down the Alt key and press the underlined letter of the command with the submenu you want to open. For example: holding down Alt, pressing F, pressing O, releasing Alt will open the File|Open submenu with recent files. To directly execute a command that has a submenu, release the Alt key after opening the main menu, and then press the letter key for the command that you want to execute. For example: holding down Alt, pressing F, releasing Alt, pressing O will activate the File|Open command and show the open file dialog. Though it takes a lot of words to describe it, the system is simple and consistent: keep Alt held down to open menus; release Alt before executing commands. If a menu item does not have a submenu, then its command is executed regardless of the Alt key, also as it was in the past. If a menu item has a submenu but is not a command in itself, then its submenu is opened regardless of the Alt key, also as it was in the past.
If you use File|Reload from Disk on a file that no longer exists on disk, EditPad now prompts you to retry or cancel reloading, instead of automatically discarding the file's contents. If you get this prompt because the file is on a removable drive or network drive that is no longer connected to your computer, you can reconnect the drive and then click the retry button. If the file was really deleted, you can cancel reloading and then click the Save button to recreate the file.
A bug in the built-in "clickable URLs" syntax coloring made it very slow. It was not slow enough to be noticeable with normal text files. But with extremely long lines and word wrap turned off, it slowed EditPad 7 down to a crawl. Version 7.0.2 fixes this, restoring its performance to EditPad 6 levels. If your files don't contain URLs or you don't care for them to be clickable, you can gain a tiny bit of performance by disabling it in Options|Configure File Types|Colors and Syntax.
See also: EditPad Lite 7.0.2 version history
EditPad Lite 7.0.1 – 30 May 2011
The release of EditPad Lite 7 has gone very smoothly. No serious issues have been reported. Version 7.0.1 brings a bunch of minor fixes and improvements. Many of the changes in 7.0.1 improve the new search system in EditPad 7 that allows you to use the search toolbar with or without the full search panel. The forum, which is built into the purchased version of EditPad Lite, was also improved. The Delete Duplicate Lines command in the Extra menu can now be used.
See the EditPad Lite 7.0.1 version history for a complete list of fixes and improvements.
EditPad Lite 7.0.0 – 16 May 2011
EditPad Lite 7 is a major upgrade from previous releases with lots of new features and improvements. These release notes only explain the most significant ones.
Since EditPad Lite was first released in the year 2000, it has always been free for personal use. EditPad Lite has never been available for business or government use. Business and government users had to purchase EditPad Pro. EditPad Lite 7 is still free for personal use. New is that business and government users can purchase a license to use EditPad Lite 7 as well as obtain technical support.
Several features that were available in EditPad Pro 6 but not in EditPad Lite 6 are now available in EditPad Lite 7. The Character Map (View menu) makes it easy to insert characters that are not available on your keyboard. You can use the Clip Collection (View menu) to store bits of text that you can easily insert into any file. If you use AceText, the Clip Collection panel in EditPad Lite 7 shows the active collection in AceText. This works with any version of AceText.
The Search panel in EditPad Lite 7 now has almost all the features of the EditPad Pro search panel. Important additions are regular expression support, highlighting search matches, and incremental search.
Several options from the Preferences screen in EditPad Pro are now available in EditPad Lite. This includes the ability to configure keyboard shortcuts and to automatically save working copies and backup copies.
EditPad Lite 7 now supports EditPad Pro's command line parameters for opening the file at a particular line or character. This will allow the next free minor updates of RegexBuddy, RegexMagic, and PowerGREP to select search matches in EditPad Lite 7, like they already can with EditPad Pro 6.
All the toolbars and side panels in EditPad can be docked and floated freely. You can customize the toolbars and even the main menu by right-clicking on them and selecting Customize. You can add, remove, and rearrange everything as you like. You can save and restore the arrangement of panels and toolbars with the Custom Layouts item at the bottom of the View menu. The new interface scales properly and looks crisp when using the high DPI settings in Windows Vista and Windows 7. EditPad's tabs have a new look and some new options. You can have an X button on each tab (off by default) and Ctrl+Tab can walk through the most recently accessed tabs (on by default) instead of walking from left to right.
The keyboard shortcut for the Redo command was changed to Ctrl+Y to be more in line with other Windows applications. The F5 shortcut is now assigned to Insert Date and Time as it was in EditPad 5 and prior instead of to Reload from Disk as it was in EditPad 6. You can change these and all other keyboard shortcuts via the Keyboard tab in the Preferences. When editing a file, you can now type various accented characters with Ctrl+punctuation key combinations. E.g. holding down Ctrl while pressing the apostrophe key and then typing an a inserts á. If your computer has a keyboard layout installed that uses the AltGr key to type special characters then EditPad removes any default Ctrl+Alt keyboard combinations that conflict with AltGr combinations.
EditPad 7 is a full Unicode application. You can use any mixture of any number of scripts anywhere in EditPad, including in file names. EditPad now supports bidirectional editing, so you can edit text written in right-to-left scripts such as Arabic or Hebrew or text written in a mixture of left-to-right and right-to-left scripts. You can configure text direction, cursor movement, fonts, and character spacing as part of the new text layout configuration system. You can assign two text layouts to each file type: one for left-to-right, and one for right-to-left. The Right-to-Left item in the Options menu toggles between the two.
EditPad 7 supports even more text encodings than EditPad 6. ASCII files that use \uFFFF or  or  to encode Unicode characters can now be edited directly, showing the actual Unicode characters in EditPad instead of the character escapes or XML entities. Other new encodings that can be edited directly are the EUC encodings for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, the classic Mac code pages, and a range of legacy code pages: ArmSCII (Armenian), GEOSTD8 (Georgian), ISCII (Indic), ISIRI-3342 (Persian), Kamenický (Czech and Slovak), KZ-1048 (Kazach), Mazovia (Polish), MIK (Bulgarian), PTCP 154 (Cyrillic Asian), various Vietnamese code pages, and YUSCII. A few new encodings cannot be edited directly. Those encodings are ISO 2022 for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, HZ for Chinese, TSCII for Tamil, and UTF-7. EditPad converts those files to Unicode when you open them, and back to the target encoding when you save them. All encodings, including those that cannot be edited directly, can be set as the default encoding in the file type configuration.
The search toolbar can be shown and used for searching without showing the whole search panel. The search options are now toolbar buttons instead of checkboxes. They have Alt+Letter key combinations that take precedence over the main menu when the search toolbar or panel has keyboard focus. New options are a line-by-line option that searches lines separately and selects the whole line when a match is found. The invert option selects lines that have no search matches.
There are two new commands for cutting and copying all search matches to the clipboard. You can use this with or without the "line-by-line" and "all files" options. You can use placeholders such as %MATCH%, %MATCHN%, %LINE%, %LINEN%, and %FILE% with padding and arithmetic options to search for or replace with the search match, match numbers, matched lines, line numbers, and path or file names.
When you copy and paste whole lines of text, including the final line break, then EditPad always inserts the line as a whole when pasting even when the cursor is in the middle of a line, rather than breaking up that line. Combined with the existing ability to cut and copy a single line without selecting anyting, this allows you to easily move lines around without always having to put the cursor at the start of the line.
Files are now added to the File, Reopen menu when you close them rather than when you open them. When you open a file (through the Reopen menu or otherwise) it is removed from the Reopen menu. This makes it much easier to reopen recently closed files.
In Options, Configure File Types you can now select multiple file types at the same time. Any changes you make are applied to all selected file types and all selected file types can be exported into a single .ini file. The color preferences were move to the file type configuration. You can create any number of color palettes, and select a different palette for each file type. You can make EditPad emulate the colors of the various other applications you use to edit different kinds of files.
The options that determine the location of new EditPad instances created with the View, New Editor item have been moved from the preferences to a submenu of View, New Editor. If you select to split the running instance, it automatically revert to its old size when the new instance is closed. This means you can quickly split EditPad in two to view two files side by side and go back to a single view, without having to manually arrange the two instances.
The Insert Date and Time item in the Edit menu no longer uses a fixed date/time format. This setting was removed from the preferences screen. Instead, the menu item itself has a submenu that you can use to select a recently used date/time format, or specify a new one. If you click the Insert Date and Time item directly, the most recently used date/time format is inserted.