Today's feature

Aug 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM
Edited Aug 22, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Here I will report some of DtPad's feature, in such a way that everyone could better understand what this program could do, and what it can't do.

Obviously every feature could be improved and any suggestions is well accepted.

Aug 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM
Edited Sep 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Search in files


Search in files window

This window allows to search a text content inside more files at once, showing results inside internal explorer panel, on the right of DtPad.

Search in files results

Multiple inclusion and exclusion pattern could be set ("*.*" is not allowed as exclusion, use commas or semicolons to separate more filters, ie "*.txt,*.xml"), as well as it is possible to specify if the search should watch inside subfolders and/or consider hidden files.

Compared to other similar programs (ie. Notepad++), DtPad usually is a bit faster, or at least achieve the same search times.

Finally, using the right arrow icon it is possible to increment the window's width, in such a way to have a more clear sight, above all for "Search folder" auto-filling textbox.

Aug 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM
Edited Sep 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Windows "hosts" file editing


Do you know that DtPad owns an explicit feature for Windows "hosts" file?

Opening settings

If you have its relative option enabled inside settings window, when you open the "hosts" file DtPad will automatically open a panel on the right side of the editing area, which contains a list of checkboxes. Each one of them will represents a group of IP addresses, using the following schema:

#SECTION NAME1
123.45.67.89 www.domain.com
123.45.67.89 www.domain.it

#SECTION NAME2
123.45.67.80 www.domain.org
123.45.67.80 www.domain.net

So, using the checkboxes you can enable or disable at once a large group of addresses. Simple as it seems to be!

Windows hosts file

Aug 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM
Edited Sep 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Sessions


DtPad allow the saving of all the opened tabs in a unique session. In such a way it is possible to close DtPad, open it again and continue to work to the same files as before.

 Save new session

To save a new session simply click on "Session -> Save As..." (on the top menu) and give it a name; just in case you have unsaved tabs, the program will ask you how to proceed with them. After the saving DtPad will show a bar on the left side, reporting the name of the session and a list of every file contained into it.

 Session panel

It is even possible to change DtPad appearance only for the current session (that means that when it will get close the interface will turn back), clicking on "Session -> Appearance" (or "Session -> Aspect" till 2.7.4.40 version) menus. Here an example of tabs on the left side:

 Session appearance

Last, but not least, it is important to say that DtPad sessions contains relative path to file linked by them. That means that moving a single file could cause the session lose his link. On the other hand, that even means that a session could by packed and/or moved togheter with their DPS file, without lose links.

Sep 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Edited Sep 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Command line properties


Could I improve my work speed by starting DtPad with a specific functionality? Yes, you can.

These are the command line properties that are supported by the program:

  • -notemodeon - DtPad will starts in note mode, without any toolbar and in a reduced size in the foreground of every other window
  • -jlnewandpaste - at startup, the text contained into the Windows clipboard, if any is present, will be pasted into the first tab (also available through the Windows 7 jump list)
  • -jlopenfile - window opening files will be shown immediately (also available through the Windows 7 jump list)
  • -jlopensession - the same of the above, but about sessions (also available through the Windows 7 jump list)
  • -jlsearchinfiles - DtPad opens with the "Search in files" window (also available through the Windows 7 jump list)
  • -jlchecknewversion - a new version check will be executed (also available through the Windows 7 jump list)

To use command line properties just create a DtPad shortcut using a path like this:

"C:\Program Files\DtPad\DtPad.exe" -notemodeon

Sep 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Edited Dec 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Note mode


I have often felt the need to have a text editing window that was able to stand in the foreground, so that I can write important data and information without two windows side by side. With DtPad I realize it.

To use it, click with mouse right botton over a tab, and select "Show As Note On Top".

Show As Note On Top

Each toolbar will disappear, and nothing more than the text editing area will be shown in a small window on desktop's top right corner. Of course this window could be resized, moved, minimized (in this case it will no longer remains on foreground), maximixed and so on.

Note mode

To return to the classic view of DtPad simply press the "X" button.

Update: from version 2.9.0.40 mode note can make use of tab. Please refer to settings windows ("Note Mode" panel) to enable this option.

Dec 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM

CSV editor


Many features of DtPad were born as a result of real needs. This is the case of the CSV editor: I was managing a simple CSV file and I was in need of a simple and reliable table view to check and modify it, and neither Microsoft Excel or other programs fulfill my requirement. So, here it is.

Once you have open a file (with extension CSV or not, this is irrelevant), click into "CSV" green icon into the toolbar or open the menu "View -> CSV Editor.

CSV Editor

Here you can read the file like a table and manage it, that is:

  • select the delimiter and the text quote character
  • add or delete rows and columns
  • edit the header or add a new one
  • take a screenshot of the table view
  • undo last action

Any changes made in the editor can be brought back to text simply pressing "Apply Changes" button, otherwise you can press "Close" to go back to original text.

Feb 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Edited Mar 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Window modes

DtPad has different visual modes that allow it to adapt to different usages, or to satisfy particular needs.

The window modes are:
  • normal
  • full screen
  • note
  • relax
The first, of course, is the standard situation, where all the features are available, while each one of the other three owns some peculiarity.

Full screen mode allows the program to fill the entire visual space available, leaving enabled all the panels like the one of search, internal explorer, annotation panel and so on.

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Full screen mode

Note mode was shown just above, inside this thread.

Note mode

Relax mode is the most particular; it uses the entire screen like full screen mode, but without any bar, with the only exception of the DtPad menu bar. All the other panels could be activated, but they remain on the sidelines and only the text becomes important. The text editing area itself becomes smaller and centered, with a fixed width of 800 pixels. Its name should be "relax", because it is based on this feeling.

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Relax mode

Note : relax mode is available since 2.11.0.40 version. Read more here.