AsciiDiff File Compare
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 1.6.0 – Released: 2005-06-09 Windows: 9x, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 728 KB
“This plain text file comparison utility displays a pair of files side-by-side in a vertically-split display, so that the differences between them are apparent. There are a number of customisation options, some of which make it especially suitable for comparing program source code written in the Natural language. But it is not limited to this purpose, and will handle any pair of text files, whether source code or data. It also compares the text portion of binary files such as spreadsheets and word processor documents, which you can import via Paste buttons on the front panel. It is possible to edit both files and save the results, with easy ways to merge selected changes between both sides of the comparison window.”
Anchor Link AscToTab
License: Postcardware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 4.0 – Released: 2006-09-03 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 1.1 MB
“AscToTab is simple utility that converts plain text files containing table data into either HTML or RTF (rich text format) tables. The software can also convert files of tab-delimited or comma-separated (.csv) data into tables. For tab-delimited or comma-separated files, conversion is more straightforward. AscToTab will convert one table row per line, placing each delimited value into the next column. You can tell the software what type of file you are converting, and whether you want to convert to HTML or RTF tables. HTML tables can optionally be copied to the clipboard, ready for pasting into a HTML source editor. For all formats a line containing a row of dashes will be taken as signifying the separator between table header and border.”
Anchor Link Balabolka
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-10
Version: 22.214.171.1240 – Released: 2012-09-09 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 6.9 MB Portable version available on-site
“Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from CHM, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, ODT, PDF and RTF files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.
“The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice’s parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice’s articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.
“Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).”
[ Links to free computer voice files are available at the bottom of the download page; Ed. ]
Anchor Link ConTEXT
License: Freeware – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 0.98.6 – Released: 2009-08-14 Windows: All
File Size: 1.57 MB Portable version available on-site
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“ConTEXT is a small, fast and powerful text editor for software developers. Unlimited open files, unlimited editing file size length, 4kB line length, powerful syntax highlighting for C/C++, Delphi/Pascal, 80×86 assembler, Java, Java Script, Visual Basic, Perl/CGI, HTML, SQL, Python, PHP, Tcl/Tk, user defineable syntax highlighter, project workspaces, compiler integration, multilanguage support and many many more features.
“After years searching for a suitable Windows text editor, we didn’t find any of them to satisfy our needs, so we wrote our own.”
Anchor Link CSV Converter
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 3.20 – Released: 2009-03-21 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 1.4 MB
“ABC Amber CSV Converter was developed to help you convert your CSV (comma-separated or fixed) files to any format you wish (DBF, XLS, XML, PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, DOC, and many more) easily and quickly. The software supports a batch conversion, a run from command line, more than 50 languages. Batch conversion ability allows you to convert a unlimited number of CSV files at a time.”
Anchor Link CSVed
License: Freeware – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2012-07-25
Version: 2.2.3 – Released: 2012-07-24 Windows: All
File Size: 2.0 MB
“CSVed is an easy and powerful CSV file editor, you can manipulate any CSV file, separated with any separator. Some features:
¤ edit, add, insert and delete items;
¤ change separator;
¤ add, delete columns;
¤ rearrange column order;
¤ save selection of rows and columns;
¤ and much, much more.
“The listview is running in virtual mode, that means the data is displayed on demand. The entire CSV file is not loaded in the listview, so CSVed can handle big files and is very fast.”
Anchor Link CSVFileViewupdate
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-11
Version: 1.80 – Released: 2013-05-10 Windows: All
File Size: 101 KB Portable
“CSVFileView is a simple CSV file viewer/converter utility that allows you to easily view the content of CSV or tab-delimited file created by NirSoft utilities or by any other software, in a simple table viewer. You can sort the lines according to one of the fields, remove unwanted fields and change their order, and then save the result back into CSV file, tab-delimited file, XML file, or HTML report.”
Anchor Link EditPad Lite
License: Lite = Free — Pro = Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-23
Version: 7.2.3 – Released: 2013-02-22 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 9.2 MB Portable option in installer
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite is free for non-commercial use. If you want more editing power or need a text editor to use at work, check out EditPad Pro.
“To obtain the portable version, download the installer and use the Create Portable Installation option.”
Anchor Link Free OCR
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-03-03
“Free-OCR.com is a free online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. You can use this service to extract text from any image you supply. This service is free, no registration necessary. We also do not need your email address. Just upload your image files. Free-OCR takes either a JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PDF (only first page). The only restriction is that the images must not be larger than 2MB, no wider or higher than 5000 pixels and there is a limit of 10 image uploads per hour.
“Free-OCR can handle images with multi-column text and also supports more languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.”
Anchor Link GetDiz
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-13
Version: 4.7 – Released: 2011-03-11 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 1.13 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
Portable install option in Setup
“GetDiz is a fully featured text editor which can replace Notepad while maintaining an incredible speed, ease of use and small size. You can display and edit any text files with GetDiz. Additionally it offers enhanced functionality with DIZ and NFO files, which are often included in ZIP archives. GetDiz is able to display ASCII art correctly and save text, nfo and diz files as GIF images. The user interface is handy, small and specific. An optional USB-Stick installation is also possible.”
Anchor Link Google Translate Desktop
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-03-23
Version: 2.1.58 – Released: 2011-03-21 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 328 KB Portable
“Google Translate Desktop is a free desktop translator based on google translate. It can quickly translate almost any text between 58 languages, and pronounce for 34 languages of them. The new Google Translate Desktop V2.1 enables to translate website on the browser side. It monitors the clipboard and automatically translate the content on clipboard to the target text. Also you can import text for a translation and export the results to a txt file by Google Translate Desktop.”
[ Note: The program displays ads within the interface; Ed. ]
Anchor Link Google Translate Client
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2011-02-21
Version: 5.1.545 – Released: 2011-02-21 Windows: All
File Size: 2.38 MB
“Google Translate Client is a free translator which translate text in every Windows application such as Outlook, MS Word, Internet Explorer, Firefox and so on. After installing you will see Client for Google Translate in the system tray and every time you want to translate some text, all you have to do is select it – the text will be translated instantly!
“The program uses the Google translation services to translate the text. An Internet connection is required.”
Anchor Link Metapath
License: Freeware – Source available Last Reviewed: 2013-03-19
Version: 4.0.13 – Released: 2012-10-28 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 53 KB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Once upon a time, Metapath was created as an Explorer-like add-on for the handy freeware editor Metapad. Meanwhile, Metapath has become a universal file browser plugin, which can open files in existing windows of any application you like — also works perfectly with Notepad2.”
Anchor Link Notepad++
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2013-05-09
Version: 6.3.3 – Released: 2013-05-06 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 5.7 MB Portable version available
“Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment. Features include:
♦ Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
♦ You can edit several documents at the same time.
♦ Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
♦ Full Drag ‘N’ Drop supported
♦ File Status Auto-detection
♦ Zoom in and zoom out
♦ Macro recording and playback
♦ and much more….”
[ A portable version is available at:
; Ed. ]
Anchor Link Notepad2
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2012-03-10
Version: 4.2.25 – Released: 2011-05-06 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 304 KB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“A few years ago, I found myself writing my first PHP projects using metapad. When I was looking around for text editors with syntax highlighting, I have come across the Scintilla source code editing component. I was very much impressed by this project, so I decided to create my own Scintilla-based text editor. The result is Notepad2, a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. This program can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your system’s registry.
• Auto indentation
• Bracket matching
• Encoding conversion between ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16 formats
• Multiple undo/redo; rectangular block selection
• Newline conversion, between DOS (CR/LF), Unix (LF), and Mac (CR) formats
• Regular expression-based find and replace
• Small, fast, and usable.”
Anchor Link NoteTab
License: Free and Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-14
Version: 7.01 – Released: 2012-08-14 Windows: All
File Size: 1.93 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“NoteTab is a leading text editor, popular Notepad replacement, and powerful code-based HTML editor. This application does it all: it easily handles a stack of huge files; lets you format text to your heart’s content; does system-wide searches, and multi-line global replacements. It even corrects your spelling mistakes. Build document templates, add bookmarks, convert text to HTML on-the-fly, and take charge of your code. Use a simple, power-packed scripting language to create anything from a text macro to a mini-application.
“NoteTab text editors are available in three versions: Light, Standard and Pro. NoteTab Light is a freeware version, and remains free even when used in a business context. The Standard and Pro versions add additional features including a thesaurus, multilingual spell checker, text-outline file editing, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and the creation of toolbar buttons to execute custom scripts and wizards. NoteTab Pro offers multi-level undo and redo commands, accelerated text processing, and highlighted URLs and HTML tags, making it an ideal tool for advanced users, web developers, and programmers.”
Anchor Link PSPad
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2013-01-26
Version: 126.96.36.1990 – Released: 2013-01-25 Windows: All
File Size: 4.46 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“PSPad is a freeware programmer’s editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems. PSPad features include:
¤ work with projects
¤ unlimited length of edited text files
¤ work on several documents at the same time (MDI)
¤ Save desktop session to later reopen all open files
¤ FTP client – you can edit files directly from the we
¤ macro recorder to record, save and load macros
¤ search and replace in files
¤ text difference with color-coded differences highlighted
¤ templates (HTML tags, scripts, code templates…)
¤ installation contains templates for HTML, PHP, Pascal, JScript, VBScript, MySQL, MS-Dos, Perl,…
¤ syntax highlighting auto set by file type
¤ user-defined highlighters for exotic environments
¤ auto correction
¤ full HEX editor
¤ And much more…
“PSPad doesn’t need installation. You can simply unpack it into a selected directory and run PSPad.EXE. The archive contains subdirectories, so you must unpack it with the subdirectories option enabled. The distribution doesn’t contains a dictionary for spell check. However, you can download it free from this page.”
Anchor Link QTranslate
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-29
Version: 5.0.0 – Released: 2013-04-29 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 436 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
Portable version available on-site
“The program has a simple interface that should be quite easy to figure out, thanks to the intuitive layout. Whenever you want to know what a certain phrase means, you can use one of the available services, such as Google Translate, Microsoft Translator, Prompt, Babylon, SDL or Yandex.
“You can insert text in the app by copying it into the upper field of the interface. The program can automatically detect the language used and translate it to a user-defined language.
“Alternatively, you can select a text from any program and press a key combination (Ctrl + Q) to show the translation in the popup window, or to display it in the main window (Ctrl + W). These shortcuts can be modified from the program’s Options area.
“QTranslate also comes with an integrated dictionary that lets you view extensive definitions for any word you want to look for. Furthermore, the program can spell check the text as you type it down. Also, it comes with a virtual keyboard that lets you input any words straight from the screen of your computer, thus bypassing any keyloggers.
“You may define the default auto-detect languages by filling in those you use most. A history log may be accessed at any time. Using the completely portable version, it doesn’t need to be installed to the computer in order to work and it can be launched from all types of removable devices, such as flash drives.”
Anchor Link Read This!
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 11-06-02
Version: 0.8 – Released: 2011-06-01 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 11.5 MB Requires: .NET Framework 2.0
“Read This! is a TTS (Text-To-Speech) engine. It speaks your words!
“Just write or paste the text you want to hear, click a button, and there you are: the software ‘speaks’ the words. You can make your text become auditory from many languages, furthermore you can save the resulting audio to a Wave file (*.wav) on the disk as well, then use it in your video tutorials, or redistribute it as you like it.
“The software is free to use, although donations are always welcome if you estimate useful.”
Anchor Link RJ TextEd
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2013-04-02
Version: 8.61 – Released: 2013-04-02 Windows: Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 32.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding. The functionality extends beyond text files and includes support for HTML editing with integrated preview, spell checking, auto completion, HTML validation, templates and more. The program also include support for Topstyle Lite CSS editor, has a dual pane file commander, as well as a FTP client to upload your files. Below is a small list of features available.
• Auto completion.
• Code folding.
• Column mode.
• Multi edit and multi select.
• Advanced sorting.
• Handles both ASCII and binary files.
• Html wizards.
• Use TopStyle Lite as your CSS editor if installed.
• FTP and SFTP client with synchronization.
• File explorer, text clips, code explorer, project manager…
• Convert between code pages, Unicode formats and text formats.
• Unicode and ANSI code page detection.
• Open/Save UTF-8 encoded files without a signature (BOM).
• Unicode file paths and file names.
• Html validation, format and repair.
• Tools available like syntax editor, color picker, charmap…
“There are a many features not listed above. Including spell checking, e-mail support, advanced search with regular expressions. To learn more about the program you could check out the screenshots, or just try it out. The program is absolutely free.”
Anchor Link SuperEdi
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-04-18
Version: 4.3.1 – Released: 2010-04-18 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 1.65 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“SuperEdi is a text editor with syntax coloring and build-in FTP client. The build-in directory tree helps you locate files quickly without opening the Windows Explorer. Context sensitive information is available via keyword lookup in any Windows help file. The editor is extendable using executable programs, text clips and automation scripts. SuperEdi supports Unicode UTF-8, UTF-16 as well as many locale- specific encodings. SuperEdi is absolutely free of charge for private as well as for commercial users. There are no advertisements, nags or any other limitations.”
Anchor Link Text Converter
License: Shareware – $24.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 5.07 – Released: 2009-04-09 Windows: 9x, NT, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
“We all try our best to keep pace with the times. One way for businesses to stay up-to-date is to convert business content to Adobe PDF. That’s why we developed ABC Amber Text Converter – to help ourselves and to help you. Adobe Acrobat does NOT need to be installed.
“ABC Amber Text Converter is the award-winning, powerful batch tool to convert documents to PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, TXT (ANSI and Unicode), DOC, XLS, MCW, WRI, WPD, WK4, WPS, SAM, RFT, WSD, PWI, PSW, PWD, and more! To import your document, select a file format and click ‘Open’ button; to export it, select a file format and click ‘Save As’ button. It’s easy as ABC and powerful as Amber. Currently our software supports more than 50 languages, and more to come.
“If you purchase ABC Amber Text Converter, you will get ABC Amber PDF Converter for free! This tool extracts text from PDF documents into HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, DOC, TXT, etc. formats.”
Anchor Link Text Merger
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 4.05 – Released 2008-02-25 Windows: 9x, NT, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 1.5 MB
“ABC Amber Text Merger allows the user to combine multiple documents into one single document. Do you need to combine your multiple Word documents into a single, for example, PDF file? Then ABC Amber Text Merger will help you do it easily and quickly. There is a merge documents sample. Also you can use it as CHMMaker and HLPGenerator.
“What is the difference between ABC Amber Text Converter and ABC Amber Text Merger?
Text Converter converts a document into a document of another format. Text Merger lets you combine multiple documents into a single document of any format.
“FREE BONUS PROGRAM!
Purchase ABC Amber Text Merger and get ABC Amber PDF Converter free! This tool converts PDF documents into HTML, RTF, DOC, TXT, etc. formats.”
Anchor Link Text Translation
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
“Free Translation to/from English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese and Norwegian. FreeTranslation is one of the most popular websites of its kind, with in excess of 1.5 million visitors per week. FreeTranslation allows users to obtain free translations of both text and web pages. The translation is generated by a computer, displayed instantly and the user is dynamically shown the cost of having the same text professionally translated or edited by Click2Translate Express. Click2Translate provides high quality translation services at competitive rates.
“Using the free text translator is easy:
¤ Select the language combination that you require from the dropdown
¤ Click inside the box that says Type or paste text here
¤ ype or paste the text that you wish to translate (a maximum of 10000 characters is allowed)
¤ Click the FREE Translation button and wait for your translation.”
Anchor Link TopGun
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 2.4 – Released: 2007-09-28 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003
File Size: 36 KB Portable
“TopGun is written in Microsoft Assembler (MASM) and uses that latest technology of its type to produce a small fast pure text editor. TopGun is a true freestanding Windows Portable Executable file that does not require any form of add in runtime DLL at all, it only uses documented functions provided with the operating system. TopGun neither reads nor writes to the registry and is system safe in that it does not modify any system files whatsoever.
“TopGun is a pure ASCII / ANSI text editor that exclusively writes in this format only and it is safe to use with normal text, code, system settings and INI files and any other text usage that cannot allow additional formatting characters to be included in the text. It has been sucessfully tested on files in excess of 50 megabytes in size.
“TopGun is supplied with a settings editor TGSET.EXE for directly patching changed settings into the editor.”
Anchor Link TXTcollector
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-10
Version: 2.0.2 – Released: 2011-05-27 Windows: All
File Size: 687 KB
“TXTcollector grabs all .txt files from a directory of your choice and combines them into a new (larger) text file. This can be handy: I use TXTcollector myself to grab a CD full of readme’s to enable me to read them all in one go. TXTcollector will even put a separator (of your choice) between the texts of the individual files when you view the combined text file; that way, you know where each text file begins and ends. It appends directory, filename and separator on each found text file. TXTcollector is Drag and Drop enabled.”
Anchor Link UltraEdit
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-11
Version: 19.0.0 – Released: 2013-03-07 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 38.6 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“A replacement for Notepad and a whole lot more. This is one of the most powerful Windows Editors that is very easy to use. Features include support for unlimited file sizes, 100,000 word spelling checker, drag and drop, full HEX editing capabilities, configurable syntax highlighting for programmers, column editing, column ruler, line numbers for display and printing, sort, and a configurable toolbar. The user configurable syntax coloring is pre-configured for HTML, Java, C/C++, VB – even has special special support for FORTRAN. Configurable Key Mapping. Users have often edited files of 1GB or larger with UltraEdit. Its disk based editing design allows for easy handling of large files without using up lots of RAM.”
Anchor Link WinMerge
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2013-02-04
Version: 2.14.0 – Released: 2013-02-04 Windows: All
File Size: 3 MB Both 32-bit and 64-bit supported
“WinMerge is a tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories. Unicode support. Flexible syntax coloring editor. Windows Shell integration. Regexp filtering. Side-by-side line diff and highlights diffs inside lines.”
Anchor Link WinSweep
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 188.8.131.52 – Released: 2005-02-26 Windows: 9x, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 217 KB
“WinSweep is a small utility which will allow Windows users to transform Non-Windows text files ported from other platforms (such as UNIX or Mac) into Windows format. For example, documents created on platforms like UNIX or Macintosh present all the information wrapped/spanning a single line, WinSweep will format the file and make it readable.”
Anchor Link WinVi
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-20
Version: 3.02 – Released: 2012-03-18 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 188 KB
“WinVi is a powerful notepad replacement similar to Vi on *NIX systems. This editor is especially useful for friends of the Vi editor, who do not want to give up the little conveniences offered by Windows. It is compatible with Windows Notepad and includes a hexadecimal edit mode is available for editing binary files. Extremely large files are editable with nearly no limitation by virtual memory. Multiple language support is included.”
Anchor Link XML Converter
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-30
Version: 6.03 – Released: 2008-04-02 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003
“XML (Extensible Markup Language) is the key format in today’s environment. This language allows us to describe and deliver structured data from any application. However sometimes this format is not well-readable. ABC Amber XML Converter is a powerful XML/XSL processor which converts your XML documents into any document format (PDF, HTML, RTF, TXT ANSI, TXT Unicode, DOC, and more) easily and quickly.
“The software supports a batch conversion, a run from command line, more than 50 languages. Batch conversion ability allows you to convert a unlimited number of XML files at a time.
Anchor Link XML Viewer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-30
Version: 3.0 – Released: 2011-07-08 Windows: All
File Size: 1.8 MB
“MindFusion’s XML Viewer is a freeware program – a present to all our friends and partners. It is used to scan the contents of an XML file in an easy-to-use environment. In addition you can make modification to the XML as follows:
• Insert new items
• Delete existing items
• Add properties to specified items
• Delete properties to specified items
“XML Viewer offers you also drag-and-drop option for easy manipulation of the files. As you can see from the screenshot it is very user – friendly and intuitive in interface.”
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