[guispeak] Announcing TextPal--free software for efficiently reading or editing text

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 11:33:55 -0400 (EDT)

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!
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