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Old 10-10-2007, 12:21 AM   #2
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I've used Boxer on my ThinkPad for many years, but at work I have discovered TextPad (which is not free). Not only does it do grep nearly as elegantly as BBEdit on the Mac, but I was able to upgrade the evaluation copy to the paid version myself. Working as I do for a local government council where only the IT people are able to install applications, this is a huge plus.

It is currently saving me nearly half an hour a day for the download files I have to manipulate, and it's pleasant and easy to use. At USD30 (UK pounds 16.50) for a single licence, it's worth much more than its weight in gold to me. But then I use text editors to manipulate large chunks of text on a daily basis and thus have vey specific requirements.

Boxer is a good application, but it's always felt heavy and earnest like DOS to me, whereas TextPad feels almost Mac-like in its lightness and elegance. I'm seriously considering abandoning Boxer and putting TextPad on the Vista laptop I bought a few weeks ago.

Sorry, George, I really didn't intend to hijack your text editor thread.

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