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How Do You Edit Text on the iPhone and iPad?

Editing text on your Apple mobile device is now even simpler and better with PlainText. The app has an uncluttered and uncomplicated paper-like UI. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize documents in folders. You can then choose to quickly sync everything with your DropBox account.

Folders keeps your documents perfectly organized while the paper-like interface keeps the focus on your text. Having your documents always available via your DropBox account is a peace of mind that money cannot buy.

App creator Jesse Grosjean has one goal: “to create simple applications that do what you need without getting in your way.” He’s hit the nail on the head with PlainText. It doesn’t get in the way. It doesn’t have fancy bells and whistles you don’t need. It simply works. At the end of the day, that’s what every app should do.

Clean Text


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The community has asked me to do more videos about software. The biggest challenge is to find titles that most people may not have heard of. I also try to find things that are affordable and cross-platform. The other day, I stumbled across this software which is free – and cross-platform. What does it do? Perhaps the title of this video will help you figure that out!

CleanHaven will clean up your text. It’s not a text editor, so don’t mistake it for one. It’s not even a word processor. It’s a text cleaner. You can go through and change the case. Remove duplicates, show duplicates or show uniques. Fix spacing, columns, spelling errors, sort lines in several different ways, and even remove excess returns.

There are hundreds of things you can do with this powerful piece of free software. For example you can turn all company names to Sentence Case, all UK postcodes to Uppercase or remove any trailing spaces, tabs or punctuation. There is no limit to the amount of text that can be pasted. Simply set the attribute(s) you want changed, and tell the software to clean.

At some point, you’re going to need at least one (and likely many more) of the features inside of this software. You never know when you’ll need something like this. It’s free – and small in size. Isn’t it a good idea to grab it for yourself right now while you’re thinking about it?

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Make Your Life Easier When Working With Text

If you are working with text material frequently on the computer, you really should consider a text editing program. One that we recommend is created by a long-time supporter of Lockergnome. It is an award-winning software program from Eric Fookes called NoteTab. This program has won numerous awards and it is recognized as one of the very best text and HTML editors available.

We are very careful to put programs that we recommend through a vigorous assessment process. We use it and have people with varying skill levels evaluate it for us. The assessment process for Eric’s program goes far beyond the normal review process. There are Gnomies we know who use this program every day for all their text editing – and they have used NoteTab for years. One long-time NoteTab fan likes using the multiple text document feature. Think of it as a text editor with a tabbed browsing feature. People are truly loyal to this program, and they would not be without their NoteTab.

Perhaps you have not been exposed to a great text editing program. You need a text editor because it is essential for organizing your work and, at the very elementary level, it saves you time. This probably has happened to you: on some email correspondence or blog comment, you spend time composing and putting down your thoughts in exactly the way that you want. You hit “send” or “post” and something (or nothing) happens. The browser tries to work… and then there is an error. All that work is gonelost! If you use a text editor, all you would do is go back to the text editor and copy your work again. Then you can try to paste it in the email or blog a second time – without having to rethink and redo the whole process again. A good text editor makes it easy to save all that work.

For the students out there, this will help you organize your term papers, lecture notes, and library research. This will help in pulling material together in an easy, simple, efficient manner. You know that even after a month of school, the material is becoming overwhelming. And if you are not the most organized person with your text material, this definitely will help.

There are really too many features to this program to mention adequately. It really is one of the best text and HTML editors available.

Eric is allowing our readers a special, time-limited discount on his programs:

This offer expires on October 14, 2009. NoteTab can be used on all Windows versions, as well as OS X / Linux in conjunction with Wine.

If you are doing text work, your editor should really be a tool that makes your work as easy as possible. NoteTab does that and you will find that it is the program that you will want to have when doing any writing.

How to Edit Text Documents on the Web


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I have yet to find a text editor that is the one to beat all the rest. None of them are perfect, so I try them all. On OS X, there really aren’t many I’m impressed with. However, there’s another option – on the Web!

ecoder is an open-source, web-based text editor. It includes a file browser, file uploader, and tabbed system to allow multiple files to be edited at the same time. Keyboard short-cuts lend it the feel of a locally installed application.

All of your basic text-editing commands are available. But what makes it so unique is that it has syntax highlighting. You’ll see the different colors as soon as you input your document. This makes it much easier for you to do what needs to be done. It’ll help you detect any mistakes in your code if there are any.

You might be working away from your own computer, and need access to check your code. Why not just flip open a browser, throw your file in there, and carry on about your work? Check out ecoder the next time you need to edit a document.

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Documentation Concentration: Focus on Editing Text

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Over the years, I’ve used a variety of text editors on pretty much every operating system. I’m still looking for a good text editor for OS X. There just aren’t any that do what I want to do, and get out of my way when I don’t want to use their features.

What happens if you need to write? You probably do it on the desktop. But there are a million things on your desktop, breaking your concentration. When you really need to focus, why not strip your desktop down so you can just write? JDarkRoom lets you do just that. It is cross-platform, and free. When you launch it, you’ll be prompted with something that asks you what it is you want to do. You can write and edit your text without any distractions.

JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand. If you are writing a novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to concentrate on your writing, then JDarkRoom may help you.

If you’re using your computer to write, every distraction you can think of is just a click away. JDarkRoom allows you to filter those out. However, if you need to stop writing and check on something else (research, maybe?), simply hit ALT + Tab, and it brings you back to your normal desktop. Then you just click “ok”, and JDarkRoom comes back.

But seriously, I really need a good text editor for OS X. It needs to be clean, fast, uber-configurable. Free would be good, as well, but not necessary. I’m willing to pay for a program, as long as it’s excellent.

What text editor do you use? Why do you like it?

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