New user comments
A few comments from a *very* new user of Notetab Pro 6.0. My
background: long-time preference for WordStar-style editors, notably
VDE and PC-Write. Notetab Lite did some useful work for me a few
years ago, and lately I've been playing the field, largely because of
needing to cut and paste between Windows applications, massaging
things on the way.
1) Two functions I like in, e.g., Crimson Editor and TED Notepad: a
single key (Ctrl-D) to mark the word the cursor is on, and a single
key to mark the whole line. TED Notepad goes further with Shft-Ctrl-D,
which *adds* the next word to the selection, similarly for lines. I
can't immediately see a way to do this in NTP; have I missed it?
2) NTP says it's easy to map actions to what keys you want. I like
the system in EmEditor and Notepad++, which give you a long list of
actions and assigned keys, so you can see relatively easily what's
what. Again, have I missed the equivalent in NTP?
3) NTP makes back-ups in the directory of the current file. Please
can it be given the ability to make back-ups in a user-defined
location (tree if necessary) to keep the current directory clean?
That's what I do with Crimson Editor and Notepad++, and can clean the
back-ups automatically using Horst Schaeffer's DELAGE32 to delete
files in a target tree after so many days.
4) I'm glad NTP has bookmarks, but prefer the "other" style of
entering them, i.e., one key to toggle a bookmark, and one other key
to jump to the next bookmark in a circular queue. Please can that be
added as an alternative, or even as well as (HippoEdit has both)? Then
you don't have to remember which bookmark you want.
5) Is there a learn-by-example mode for macros? I.e., walk through
it, then save it?
6) The HTML stripper also strips out carriage returns. I don't know
much about HTML - but have noticed HTML doesn't care about CRs, so
presume that's correct action :) But I'd like the option to retain
them. That's because I currently have to massage files of patent
information retrieved from the Web, and some of them still have
residual HTML codes embedded in otherwise plain text.
7) Outliner: I've barely looked at it. If I want a two-pane
outliner, I generally used Horst Schaeffer's MemPad, but I'd often
like a single-pane outliner like PC-Outline for DOS was, or ECCO, or
TkOutline. I admit I can't see how that would be done without having
to use special codes, taking NTP further from being a plain-text
editor, but maybe there's a way?
8) Autocompletion; instead of pressing F2, I'd rather be have a prefix
or suffix key like "\" or "=" so that one's hands stay on the
9) The diff function is nice, but looks very much like a shell wrapped
around a command-line diff. I'd prefer the differences to be
colour-highlighted, at least to the same extent as they are in Total
Commander. However, I'm a registered user of Examdiff Pro, so I
suppose I should learn enough macro programming to invoke in instead
whenever I want that :)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Robert Bull <barlennan@...> wrote:
>Once acclimated, its easy to make "clips" (NoteTab scripts) to perform custom tasks. There is an active Clips list for help writing clips: <http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ntb-clips>
> 1) Two functions I like in, e.g., Crimson Editor and TED Notepad:
> a single key (Ctrl-D) to mark the word the cursor is on, and a
> single key to mark the whole line. TED Notepad goes further with
> Shft-Ctrl-D, which *adds* the next word to the selection,
> similarly for lines. I can't immediately see a way to do this in
> NTP; have I missed it?
Most of NoteTab's methods for launching clips require mouse clicks. There is also the "in-context clipbook" whereby you can press the escape key and use keystrokes to select the wanted clip. NoteTab's keyboard shortcuts for Menu commands can be reassigned by customizing your Shortcuts.dat file.
If you want to launch clips using hotkeys like Ctrl+D it can be done using other utilities. This solution integrates with Shortcuts.dat and uses PowerPro: <http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ntb-clips/files/CustomClipkeysInfo.html> It also includes a Shortcuts.dat reference file showing all of NoteTab's initial keyboard shortcuts.
- Hello, Sheri;
Monday, May 11, 2009, 12:07:03 AM, you wrote:
S> There is an active Clips list for help writing clips:
I've linked in...
S> Most of NoteTab's methods for launching clips require mouse clicks. There is also the
I prefer keyboard to mouse clicks, but I see one can Shift-F6 into the
clipbook and treat it like a menu.
S> If you want to launch clips using hotkeys like Ctrl+D it can be done using other
S> utilities. This solution integrates with Shortcuts.dat and uses PowerPro:
That's a good Wink, but looks like a complicated procedure. I run
PowerPro already - did a double-take when I saw your name here - and
will keep this technique in mind. Have to check I don't already have
a script with that name in place.
On another matter: my comment about HTML-stripping was a non-problem.
I was trying to strip the whole file. If I just highlit the bit I
wanted before pressing the Go button, it just cleaned up the section
in question. Very convenient.