1584Re: [NTB] What is NoteTab for?
- Jan 1, 2001Carl Swann wrote:
> Both Jody and Jim Hall replied concerning this... Jody's idea would"Why not use a word processor" indeed! That very question was what
> get you to where you want to be (albeit in HTML) but why not use a
> word processor.
prompted my original post in this thread a few days ago.
I used to use a word processor in my CP/M days. It was called
WordStar. But it had one big drawback, and that was that it could only
have one file open at a time. So each time I wanted to refer to another
document, I would have to manually save the file I was in, hunt for the
file I needed, open it, find the data, copy it to a third file, close
the 2nd file, hunt for the first file, open it, read in the data from
the third file. Whew!
When I switched from CP/M to MS-DOS I also switched from WordStar to a
"text editor" called VDE which was modeled on the WordStar user
interface. It had a nearly identical "look and feel" to WordStar and
used a nearly identical command set, including the commands for
inserting markers for italics and underlines. But the MS-DOS version of
VDE had one feature that the CP/M version lacked: it allowed you to have
multiple files open at once. So I could have my cake (WordStar
commands) and eat it too (have multiple files open)!
VDE became my most used program, and I only reverted to WordStar for
complex formatting, mail merging and stuff like that. And the beauty of
this system was that both my text editor and my word processor used the
same keyboard command set, so I never had to interrupt the flow of my
work to stop and ask myself: "um, which program am I in and which
command set do I need to use to move the cursor over to the next word?"
But when I finally threw in the towel and grudgingly switched from
MS-DOS to Windows (for the sake of compatibility with the computers at
work) I found that running VDE in a DOS box under Windows was too
frustrating and limiting. And Eric Meyers, the author of VDE, had no
interest in writing a Windows version of his text editor. He loathed
So I began shopping around for a VDE-like text editor which would run
under Windows 95. And that's when I stumbled upon NoteTab Pro. I
happened on the NoteTab scene just at the time that Eric (Fookes) was
expanding the WordStar command set for his final version of NoteTab Pro
4.xx, and I jumped on the bandwagon with a list of my favorite WordStar
text editing commands. (I still regret that because I got in at the last
minute, and hurriedly compiled my list for Eric, I overlooked what is
probably the most useful of all WordStar commands, Ctrl-N, for inserting
a blank line in the text).
I came to NoteTab from an MS-DOS program, VDE, whose author called it a
"text editor." And this so-called text editor had commands for marking
italicized and underlined text. So I spent a decade or more using a
program I had been led to believe was a "text editor" and just assumed
that having the ability to mark text in italics was one of the things
text editors do.
So, as you can probably imagine, I was totally unprepared for, and taken
aback by, the hostility that my naive question about italics in NoteTab
> A text editor (like NoteTab) edits text, a wordI have a word processor (Word97) but I seldom use it because it is such
> processor processes words. NoteTab bakes a cake, while a word
> processor puts on the icing, the sprinkles, and the candles.
a system hog and it seems like such overkill for my purposes. All I
really need is the computer equivalent of my old Smith Corona portable
And since I always have NoteTab running anyway, it just seemed like the
logical choice for my writing projects. I mean, why run two programs in
this crash prone "house of cards" Windows operating environment, when
you could get by with running only one?
Whoa! I really have prattled on, haven't I?
Well, if you've read this far you deserve a medal for effort above and
beyond the call of duty.
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