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Free editor Notepad++ hit the 5.0 mark this past weekend, and it certainly is speedier. I was rumbling along on v4.8 for the past few months, so I got the benefit of two release cycles with my upgrade. Here’s what I get to work with now:

v5.0 enhancements

1. Improve Notepad++ performance – on startup and on exit. 2. Add Calltip capacity. 3. Add HTML/XML tag match highlighting. 4. All the menu commands can be added in context menu, including plugins’ commands, macros and user defined commands. 5. Add bookmarked lines operations : delete all marked lines, copy all marked lines into clipboard, cut all marked lines into clipboard, paste from clipboard to replace all marked lines content. 6. Add rename and delete current document features. 7. Fix crash bug : Open files with date pre-1970. 8. Fix clone mode bug : now the actions done in one view will be synchronized in the cloned view. 9. Add tooltips in document tab to display the full file name path. 10. Change hide lines behaviour : Hide lines now saved during switches. 11. Change file history list behaviour : Most recent closed file is on the top. Add number on list. 12. Caret width and blink rate are customizable. 13. Add asterisk in title bar if file is dirty. 14. The bookmarks’ look & feel are improved. 15. Add “Select all” and “copy” context menu items in Find in files results window. 16. Fix goto line with command line bug. 17. Improve smart highlight / mark all / incremental search highlight all visibility 18. Tabbar’s colours is configurable via Stylers Configurator(Active tab Text, Inactive tab text, Inactive tab background, Active tab focused indicator and Active tab unfocused indicator). 19. Add the smart highlight file size limit – 1.5 MB in order to improve the performance. 20. Add exception handling (dumping filedata). 21. Fix go to line command line bug. 22. Enhance Find in files and Find in all opened files features’ performance. 23. Fix dialog off screen problem under multi-monitor environment. 24. Add 2 plugin message for v5 : NPPM_GETFULLPATHFROMBUFFERID and NPPM_GETPOSFROMBUFFERID.

Included plugins :

1. TexFX v0.24a 2. NppExec v0.2 RC3.2 3. Spell Checker v1.3.1 4. MIME Tools v1.4 5. FTP_synchronize v0.9.6 6. NppExport v0.2.7.3 7. Compare plugin v1.5.1 8. Light Explorer v1.5 9. Doc Monitor v2.1

v4.9 enhancements

1. Add smart highlighting feature (double click a word to highlight all the same word in the document). 2. Enhance visual effect of Mark all feature. 3. Enhance Incremental search dialog docking. 4. Enhance Incremental search : add Highlight all feature. 5. Add auto-hide menu feature (IE7 style menu – Alt or F10 to toggle) 6. Enhance tool bar GUI usability (display a chevron while some tool icons hidden). 7. Add style transparency feature, right click on color to enable. 8. Fix the files not opening by DnD bug. 9. Enhance Find Replace dialog : Add “Extended” option – search (and replace) for tabs(\t), newline(\n\r), and a characters by it’s value (\o, \x, \b, \d, \t, \n, \r and \\). 10. Bug fixed : Find dialog always scrolls text into view now. 11. Add places bar in save as dialog 12. Fix non-recognized relative path bug in command line mode (under Dos prompt). 13. Add 2 messages for doc monitor plugin. 14. Fix the transparency bug (in Styler Configurator). 15. Make search in hidden directory (for Find in files) optional. 16. Fix the replace bug while replacing nothing. 17. Fix the F3 searching direction bug.

Included plugins :

1. TexFX v0.24a 2. NppExec v0.2 RC3.2 3. Spell Checker v1.3.1 4. MIME Tools v1.4 5. FTP_synchronize v0.9.6 6. NppExport v0.2.7.3 7. Compare plugin v1.5.1 8. Light Explorer v1.4 9. Doc Monitor v2.1

The enhanced Find/Replace functionality almost made me swoon.

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