What’s New in EditPad Pro 7

EditPad Pro 7 is a major upgrade from previous releases with lots of new features and improvements. These release notes only explain the most significant ones. See the EditPad Pro 6 to 7 migration guide for features that aren't new but that have been moved or redesigned in version 7.

When you start EditPad 7 you'll immediately notice the the updated interface. All the toolbars and side panels 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 convert menu also has commands for converting between \uFFFF, , and  and the characters they represent, or vice versa (for non-ASCII characters) regardless of the encoding the file uses.

EditPad Pro 7 can edit files that are larger than 2 GB, even on a 32-bit PC with less than 2 GB of RAM. The (theoretical) maximum sizes are now 9 billion GB (263 bytes) per file, 2 billion lines per file, and 2 billion bytes per line. In practice, on a modern PC, EditPad Pro 7 performs well with files well over 10 GB, millions of lines, and up to 100,000 characters per line.

The Project menu is now three times as long, reflecting the much improved project management in EditPad Pro 7. In EditPad Pro 6, opening and closing files automatically added them to and removed them from projects. EditPad Pro 7 does this too, until you turn on Managed Project in the Project menu. Then opening files does not add them to the project, and closing files does not remove them from the project. The Project menu has commands for adding files to managed projects with or without opening them, and for adding the files that you have alread opened but not added to the project. You can close a file and remove it from the project, or remove all files that you have already closed but not removed. Projects can be exported to text files listing all the files in the project, and new projects can be created from text files with file listings.

The File Panel that lists all the projects, folders, and files you have open was improved significantly. Its performance has been improved dramatically. It no longer slows down EditPad even if you have many thousands of files open. You can toggle it between alphabetic order, tab order, and most recently edited order. You can show a flat list of files, folders relative to the project, or folders relative to the root drive. Files can be grouped by their file types. Folders can be listed before or after files. Closed files that are still part of projects can be shown or hidden.

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. The closed option searches through all files in a project, including files that are closed but still part of the project.

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 in the search term and/or replacement text. They represent the search match, match numbers, matched lines, line numbers, and path or file names. Highlighting search matches is now done in the background just as syntax highlighting is, so it doesn't slow EditPad down even when editing huge files. The new List All Matches command lists all search matches in the active file, the active project, or all projects, in a side panel with one line of context. The new Find on Disk command searches through a folder and opens the files containing matches, lists all matches in a side panel, or both.

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. EditPad Pro now places text on the clipboard as rich text. If you paste it into a word processor that supports RTF, the pasted text will have syntax coloring just like it does in EditPad. The RTF is only rendered when another application requests it, so this does not slow down copy and paste within EditPad. EditPad Pro now also copies folding to the clipboard. If you copy a block of lines and some of them are folded, those lines remain folded when you paste them back into EditPad.

Files are now added to the File|Open 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. Files that were opened as part of a project are not added to the Reopen menu, as was the case in EditPad 6. The Project menu has its own Reopen menu that works the same as File|Open but lists projects instead of files.

EditPad's FTP panel now supports SFTP and FTP over an encrypted SSL, TLS or SSH channel. You can keep a list of favorite files and folders for each FTP server. UNIX file permissions can be set. SMTP connections for sending email can now be encrypted using SSL or TLS.

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.

In Tools, Configure Tools you can now select multiple tools at the same time. Any changes you make are applied to all tools. All selected tools can be exported into a single .ini file. EditPad Pro 7 has additional command line placeholders to pass the cursor position, the selected text, the word or line the cursor is on, or the file's encoding on the tool's command line. EditPad Pro 7 automatically substitutes environment variables in tool configurations. You can use custom placeholders that EditPad prompts for when you run the tool, including placeholders that show a file selection screen so you can pass multiple files on the tool's command line. EditPad Pro can download web pages if you specify a URL as the command line and tell EditPad to capture standard output.

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 reverts 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. If you want to have two views of the same file side by side, use the new Split Editor command in the View menu. It works just like the New Editor command, except that it splits the editor control within the running EditPad instance rather than starting a new instance. You can use the Split Editor and New Editor commands together to have two views each of multiple files at the same time. Both commands can be set to use your computer's second monitor. Turn on View, Joint Scrolling to scroll the split views simultaneously. Turn on View, Other Editor Joint Scrolling to scroll all other EditPad instances in which you've enabled this option simultaneously with the active instance. This makes it easy to compare two parts of the same file or compare parts of different files, even when those parts don't fit on your screen.

In hexadecimal mode you can now choose to show only the hexadecimal section or only the ASCII section. If you split the view, you can have the hexadecimal section in one view and the ASCII section in the other view. You can set a record length that determines how many bytes are shown on a line, rather than always showing the smallest multiple of 8 bytes that fits within the width of the editor.

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.

Bookmark icons are now displayed using the same font as the file you're editing, so they don't appear tiny on high resolution screens. Bookmarks are now associated with a character position rather than with a line so they can point to the middle or the end of a line instead of always pointing to the start of the line. Bookmarks now work in hexadecimal mode too. The Mark menu has commands for setting numberless bookmarks so you're no longer restricted to 10 bookmarks per file. You can jump to these bookmarks with the new Next Bookmark and Previous Bookmark commands, which work with both numbered and numberless bookmarks.

Visualizing line breaks can now be done using generic paragraph markers like in EditPad Pro 6, or with specific line break symbols that indicate the style of each individual line break (CR, LF, CRLF). When highlighting search matches that span across lines, the line break symbols are now also highlighted to make it clear whether they are part of the search match or not.

The print preview now has checkboxes for printing with or without line numbers and with or without visualized spaces or line breaks. You can select a different color palette for the printout. The print preview remembers these settings separately for each file type.

If you run into any problems with EditPad Pro or just want to share your experiences, you can now connect with other EditPad Pro users on the EditPad Pro forum. It is built right into EditPad Pro itself. Simply select Forum in the Help menu. Your EditPad Pro license automatically gives you access to the forum. The forum is an official venue for technical support from Just Great Software. All questions will be answered by our staff, unless another EditPad Pro user provides a proper answer before we can get to it.