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Maybe there are a few hardcore users here who, like me, like the original notepad. The good thing about it is that it knows its own limits and transfers control to wordpad for larger files...BUT...who needs the question "...do you want to open it in wordpad instead?", of course you want to open the file since you just clicked it!!

I count this as "bug", so to patch it you just have to hex-edit:

At address (offset) 33A5: 6A 24 (A1 B4 50 ...) (My english version of windows 98 SE is lost, so this is the address in my localized version)
change 6A 24 to EB 19

This bypasses the dialog and just opens the file in wordpad if the file is too big for notepad.

And if you want to transfer control to another more powerful application, change the text "wordpad.exe" (search hex for 77 00 6F 00 72) and a few "Wordpad" (search hex for 57 00 6F 00 72) for something else with same number of letters, or use a resource editor instead...


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Having availability, you can get the same result using the Windows ME version of notepad. No window dialog to manage, just like your hint.

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Apologize if i'm hijacking this topic (and i liked Notepad as well, for it's clean, simple, fast interface/behavior).  But to me, the whole 64k/Wordpad issue just felt awfully kludgy, even with fixes.  (After all, Wordpad isn't Notepad -- it's a primitive MS Word!)  And i began to feel restircted in what i could do with Notepad -- i began wishing for a bit more functionality.  

So looking for a small, fast, general-purpose, increased-capability but not-overwhelming alternative, i found Win32pad: http://www.gena01.com/win32pad/

- Executable size: 55k (not that it matters all that much).  
- All Notepad menu items & shortcut keys (a few in different places).  
- Additional features/functions (including "Redo").  
- Appearance very similar to Notepad (can be customized).  
- No 64k filesize limit (filesize limit is available memory).  

- Freeware. 
- Download as .exe installer or .zip archive.  

Note: Requires a few dependency .dlls (available on download page) if not already on your system.  

If desired, rename "Win32pad.exe" to "Notepad.exe" and copy to Windows\ folder like i did. :)

Edit: Also copy "win32pad.hlp" and "win32pad.cnt" to the Windows\Help\ folder -- no need to rename these files. 

I've never looked back....  

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Edited by DougB, 20 January 2014 - 12:57 AM.


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If you want definitely to keep the original Notepad, Commodore is right: Millenium Notepad is better.

 

But you will find several beneficial replacement with a lot more of features, than you will be able to run by simply renaming them as "notepad.exe"

I'm using for years the incredible metapad (190 KB) [http://liquidninja.com/metapad].

BTW, it has been updated, and the new 3.6 version is running fine in Win9x



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Thanks for the heads up, Charles, didn't know there was an update although it's a couple years old. Source code is available too and I see an attempt at making it Unicode-aware. Unfortunately I couldn't modify it to create a Unicode RichEdit control although I have built a similar application myself in AutoHotkey which can even load a RichEdit50W control if available in 9x.

 

Anyway, I've been using Metapad as main editor (renamed as Notepad) for as long as I know, even in XP. Hopefully the new UTF-8 capability will alow correct file conversion, which I was missing.



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Hi Drugwash,

 

I'm afraid it's not that simple.

 

In my tests, even this new metapad is unable to decode/encode in UTF-8!

What I have found is that he's only reading or adding the "" header at the beginning of the file to tell that it is UTF-8, but no more.

The previous 3.5 version was not recognizing it and even overwriting it when saving the file.

FWIW

 

Portability was also added, that can be great on a usb key,

but the metapad.ini file generated by the metapad.exe /m command used to migrate all registry settings needs to be completed manually...

 

It remains the new high resolution icons...  :whistle:



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Yes, I've noticed certain settings are not ported over when migrating to ini, especially the WordWrap option. I may look into that sometime but considering my very bad memory, don't hold your breath. :blushing:

 

I haven't yet tested the UTF-8 capability. Since it's been a patch from someone esle - as noted on Alex's blog - it may well be incomplete. I'm so angry on myself for not having learned C/C++ in due time, otherwise it would've been so easy to fix/improve a lot of code offered freely by the good people. But I'll try, maybe even contact Alex for some tips.

 

In the mean time I've managed to build metapad in VC6 but it needs extensive testing to make sure it works correctly. The new icon is a major pain because VC6 won't recognize it so I had to rename the original, delete a few images, save it, compile with the modified icon and then replace it in ResHacker (newer version, because the older one would bail out). The manifest needs to be added afterwards too in ResHacker.

 

(edited for typo)


Edited by Drugwash, 03 February 2014 - 03:43 PM.


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Another gem

 

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After reading the 'Problems & Limitations' page I'm gonna stick to Metapad. ;)



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metapad is awesome.

It has much more features than any one else of those lightweight notepad replacement!

 

BTW if you use the Dll language plugin, you need to indicate its complete path in metapad which changes constantly if you run metapad on an USB key.

So, I have translated directly the exe file with Resource Hacker (and a few more strings in an hexadecimal editor) to get metapad in my own language with only 1 file.


Edited by CharlesF, Yesterday, 07:03 PM.


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I've never used a translation with Metapad. Although I have contributed a few translations for certain softwares back in the day, I realised that most of the times translations won't work. Certain languages have very long words and expressions that simply won't fit their corresponding controls (Statics, Buttons, Checkboxes, Radio buttons etc.) and abbreviations would only make things worse.

Just for the sake of testing I loaded the italian translation in Metapad and on opening the Settings (Impostazioni) dialog there are about four cropped checkbox strings in first tab and about four or five cropped or abbreviated on fourth tab.

My language also has many lengthy words and expressions so it'd be a waste of time translating unless I make the whole dialog larger, together with resizing the controls, then recompiling the application.

 

I've also noticed the UTF-8 issue which doesn't convert the text at all in/out. And it really bugs me out that Unicode suport is not full, so for example if I drag Chinese/Japanese/Russian/etc. text to/from Metapad I'll only get question marks. That's due to the issue I mentioned somewhere above, that is the application is creating an ANSI RichEdit control, not a Unicode one which does work fine even under Win9x (see MyDiary at my repository and check control type using PIG - also one of my tools: metapad uses RichEdit20A while I'm using RichEdit20W or RICHEDIT50W if available through msftedit.dll). However, modifying the whole Metapad code to work with Unicode RichEdit is a bit beyond my C knowledge. I also find using a library for a translation to be an overkill (just like eMule used to have back when I maintained its translation) - a simple text file would do just fine (see SlimBrowser which I also used to translate a long time ago before it went all Unicode).



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Hi Drugwash,

 

unless I make the whole dialog larger, together with resizing the controls, then recompiling the application.

Yes, it is what I did, but you don't need to recompile, everything can be done from inside Resource Hacker.

 

If you want check with my language Dll, you will see: Fran├žais (French) for Metapad 3.6

The translated "all-in-one" exe has been uploaded here: Metapad v 3.6 (Fr) (same result but with one file).

 

I've also noticed the UTF-8 issue which doesn't convert the text at all in/out. And it really bugs me out that Unicode suport is not full

You are right, I was notifying it in my previous post #6.

 

But still, metapad is a very nice program to use in Win9x, with a bunch of features for his light weight.






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