[bct] Re: Announcing TextPal, free software

  • From: "Jake Joehl" <jajoehl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 09:37:48 -0500

MessageHi Neal. This sounds just perfect for me. I might have mentioned that I 
have been helping in the website reconstruction process for Center for 
Independent Futures, the nonprofit independent-living agency with which my 
parents and I are involved. I will definitely give Text Pal a try and I'll let 
the folks at Center for Independent Futures know about this.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Neal Ewers 
  To: Bct 
  Sent: Wednesday, 17 May, 2006 11:39 AM
  Subject: [bct] Announcing TextPal, free software 

  Now available at


  TextPal 1.0 is a free, unique text and code editor, optimized for 
productivity by users of the JAWS or Window-Eyes screen reader programs. Its 
many features include the following:

  * Open almost any number of files of any size. Various formats are 
automatically converted to plain text, including Microsoft Word, Excel, 
PowerPoint, rich text format, portable document format, Windows help, and HTML. 
Files may also be opened from lists of favorite files or recent files.

  * Find commands automatically read the line with matching text. Count the 
number of lines, words, and characters in a document. Query the current line 
and column position, percentage point, number of characters selected, or 
whether the document has been modified. Read text ahead of the caret, prior to 
it, or the whole document at once.

  * Select any amount of text without having to hold down the Shift key. 
Instead, mark the starting point of a selection, navigate to the ending point 
by whatever means, and then complete the selection with another hot key. Copy 
the entire document to the clipboard with a single command, or copy its 
complete path with another command.

  * The standard Copy and Cut commands conveniently assume the current line if 
no text is selected. Other commands append to the clipboard rather than 
replacing it. Another key speaks what the clipboard currently contains. A new 
document may be initiated with clipboard text.

  * Delete by character, word, line, paragraph, to the end of the line, to the 
start of the line, to the bottom of the document, or to the top of the 
document. Repeat the current line with a quick copy immediately below. Insert 
the current date and time. Generate a list of files in the current directory.

  * Prepare structured text documents with a table of contents, headings, and 
sections. Navigate by section, search by topic, or toggle between the table of 
contents and the body. Convert a list of file names to text versions, or 
combine them into a single, structured document.

  * Jump to a line, or jump forward or backward by a number of lines. Go to a 
percentage point of the document, or go forward or backward by a percent. Set 
or go to a bookmark preserved from one session to another.

  * Spell check the current document. Change text to upper or lower case. Clean 
up quoted email. Start an email message using the document as the message body.

  * Aids for programmers include indenting, out denting, and reporting levels 
of indentation. Find a matching right or left brace character. Replace or 
extract text using regular expressions. Configure a compiler to be run against 
source code in the current file. Export to Unix or Mac formats.

  The number of TextPal commands exceeds 100. Each is available by either menu 
selection or hot key. All are discussed in relevant sections of the 
documentation, invoked with F1. In addition, Control+H opens an alphabetized 
list of hot keys, and Control+F1 opens a sample file for practicing topic 
navigation commands. Files with a .txt extension may optionally be associated 
with TextPal, and any file may be opened with it using the Send To option in 
Windows Explorer.

  Make the best of text with TextPal!


  Neal Ewers
  Ravenswood Productions
  Local phone:  608-277-1995
  Toll Free:  888-544-8332
  Email:  neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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