Hi, I have several suggestions to improve N++ :
Make the status bar sections for charset and EOL clickable with popup menus for quick select/change those file properties.
Add “Language” to the status bar and make it clickable menu, like those suggested in p.1
Change the overall L&F. N++ looks outdated – the toolbar icons menu are more or less acceptable, but the tabs look so Win2000. VS2013 L&F is a good starting point to modernize it.
Same goes for the icon.
Change the help menu item from “?” to “Help”.
As you see – these are not functional, but more cosmetics, but I think it would make N++ user experience much more enjoyable. Hope you’ll take them in consideration. Greetings and keep up the good work.
My two cents:
I don't use Visual Studio, but if its interface resembles MS Word, it is far too cluttered and obscure to use! I like the interface very much as it is, though I would agree with point (5) - replace the question mark by the word "Help".
While I think your suggestions make sense, there are more important (functional) things to improve. IMO it would be better if Don spent his valuable time on them instead of improving cosmetics.
No 1. is not cosmetics in my opinion but definitely a big improvement in usability.