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Jovial Notepad

Lightweight Notepad Replacement with Useful Features

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This is a lightweight Microsoft Notepad replacement program that offers some handy and useful features that are used every day.

For usage notes, please go to the "Files" section to download the JNP-Usage-2014-0531.pdf document.


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  • Single .exe file
  • Small footprint at < 70 kbytes file size
  • Encrypting and decrypting of content
  • Copy and paste images directly (for saving as .rtf rich text format)
  • Colour and font on individual words
  • Saving as normal plain text in .txt or rich text format in .rtf
  • Context-sensitive quick colour highlight on selected words
  • Customisable menu of symbols
  • Language Customisation for Menu


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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    After keeping an eye out for years for a simple Notepad replacement that can handle different colors for "to do" lists, etc., Jovial Notepad comes as close as I've found. I don't want Jovial for editing source code (I use Sublime for that) or for heavy documents. All I want it to do is neatly, simply display text files with all of their extended characters, in COLOR if I so choose. I've tried other ".nfo" viewers, such as GetDiz or NFOpad that can display ANSI and ASCII graphics in addition to plain text, but they have trouble interpreting the full character set. Viewing a text in Jovial is exactly like viewing it in Notepad, which is as it should be. Jovial's Quicksymbols menu makes for useful shortcuts (though unfriendly to edit), and the encryption feature looks like a bonus. Unfortunately, major problems keep it from being really useful. I've tried out three versions, and feature creep is a major issue. (This is exactly why I don't use Notepad+ or any of the other alternatives out there.) Version 1.5.3 seems to hit the sweet spot between functionality and too many extras. The current version (1.7b) adds several more unwelcome menus/extensions, as well as LINE NUMBERING that can't be switched off! Again, I don't want Jovial for editing source code, so this "feature" should at least be able to be disabled. Other serious annoyances: Jovial resaves text files in a Unix-style format that messes up the line endings if anyone wants to re-open in Notepad. There should at least be an option to choose the format, or a WARNING! Also, user preferences seem to be ignored. Later versions added a very welcome "settings.ini" file. In this, I tried changing my default font/size. New text documents obey these settings, but existing files ignore them. Even when I manually change the font settings inside a text document and re-save the file! It seems like this should be remembered--how can this not work?? In any case, the document re-opens with default settings (not my modified ones from the settings.ini) which seem hard-coded into the program... Very frustrating that I've come so close to finding what I wanted, but these little issues keep the program from being truly useful in my situation.

    Posted 03/10/2016
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    Jovial notepad works perfectly with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Jarte also does but Jovial is exceptionally low on resource usage and with Firefox having routine psychological fits, that is important to me.

    Posted 01/17/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It's very promising and should be sufficient for casual users but for me it miss some features to become my default text editor : - No "Favorites Files" feature : ability to manage a list of fav files and quick access to files often used. - No "Auto-text" feature : save a string and insert it later by pressing a keyboard shortcut. - No "Recent files" list. last opened files. - Plus some minor features like : Always on top, Transparent mode, Tabulation using spaces + tab size ... But there's things i really liked : Extensions, Bookmarks, Symbols Menu Good work anyway !

    Posted 12/04/2014
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    NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING A "NOTEPAD REPLACEMENT" !!! This doesn't have even BASIC capabilities that ANY modern text editor has! (Ver. 1.7) Doesn't have SEARCH AND REPLACE. No WORD WRAP setting. No SETTINGS option. (You can change Font and Color.) Seriously ... ???

    Posted 11/30/2014
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This program contains malware. After installing it, I wasted several hours trying to remove the malware, finally only succeeding by doing a Windows system restore. The symptom of the malware is that you will get multiple explorer processes which will consume 100% of your CPU. Your cursor will go into a virtually continuous wait state.

    Posted 11/22/2014
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End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

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