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Last Call for 2.3 Translations

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

I intend to release Programmer’s Notepad 2.3 as the new stable release towards the end of this week. One late bug fix has added a new string, so all translations need at least this one minor update. Some haven’t been updated in a while, so need a larger update.

Currently 2.3 will ship with the following languages in the installer/portable package:

  • Simplified-Chinese
  • British English
  • Hungarian
  • Romanian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

All translation files are stored in the Programmer’s Notepad Translations project, using a Mercurial repository.

Help Wanted
Want to help with updating any of these, or perhaps adding a new language? Follow the steps in the Translating Programmer’s Notepad guide on the docs wiki.

I’m also looking for someone who’d like to contribute to PN by looking after the translations, doing something like the following:

  • Keep a mailing list going for translators to ask questions/be notified of updates
  • Publish the status of translations (i.e. identify those that need work)
  • Update the translation kit and instructions as required
  • Help with the translation issues on the tracker
  • Help to keep the translations project up to date (not everyone can use Mercurial)

If you’re interested, send me a mail (s.steele at this domain) or get in touch via the forums/issue tracker.

Programmer’s Notepad 2.2 Released

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’m happy to announce Programmer’s Notepad 2.2, a new stable release!

Headline Changes in 2.2:

There have been too many improvements since 2.0.10 to recount them all here, but these are the headline changes in 2.2 over 2.0.10:

  1. Complete Unicode conversion, files, searching, projects, UI, clips…
  2. Complete redesign of text clips, with editing built in to new UI view and code templates and text clips consolidated
  3. Multiple concurrent selections (ctrl+select)
  4. Type into multiple selections and block selections
  5. Virtual space
  6. Translations – PN in your language
  7. Flexible split views
  8. Converting between ANSI/Unicode properly converts current file contents
  9. Vastly improved file encoding options and defaults

Download 2.2 Installer
Download 2.2 Multi-Language
Download 2.2 Portable

You may also like to add the PyPN extension to your 2.2 install to get support for scripting/macros with Python: PyPN 0.12

Thanks to all contributors, bug filers/triagers, translators and testers for their help with this release.

New Testing Release, 2.1.5

Monday, September 27th, 2010

A new testing release, Programmer’s Notepad 2.1.5 has been released to Google Code. This release fixes important bugs, adds support for script in text clips, and is a release candidate build for a new stable release.

Changes in 2.1.5:

  1. Text clips can now contain python script, anything written to stdout is included in the clip.
  2. Improvements to ANSI/Unicode encoding support and conversion
  3. Now available in English, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Chinese, better translation support.
  4. Make sure smart highlight works throughout the whole document
  5. Added files exclusion filter to magic folder.
  6. Allow setting current scheme from Pyextensions. Allow inserting clip from extensions.
  7. When saving the workspace sort the documents by tab order
  8. Allow forcing readonly from the command line
  9. Switch desktop icon to common desktop
  10. Add date and time for clips, fix tab size, and remove line endings from current line
  11. Text clip field indexes work properly

Download 2.1.5 Installer
Download 2.1.5 Portable
Download 2.1.5 Multi-Language

Thanks to all contributors, translators and testers for their help with this release.

Programmer’s Notepad 2.1.4 Released

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A new testing release, Programmer’s Notepad 2.1.4 has been released to Google Code. This release fixes a bunch of bugs, and brings improvements to the text clips syntax – more details on my blog.

Changes in 2.1.4:

  1. Replaced the text clip parser with a brand new one, supporting placeholders and variables
  2. Documentation for the updated text clips syntax on the documentation site: Text Clips (note your clips may need updating).
  3. Allow text clip insertion using tab.
  4. Update tagging to use CTags 5.8, add support for new ctags languages, including batch, matlab, ocaml, …
  5. Custom scheme (schemedef improvements) including case sensitive option and various fixes and optimisations – thanks to Lennard Fonteijn
  6. Autocomplete fixes, better support for mixed tag and keyword autocomplete, again thanks to Lennard
  7. Updated Scintilla to version 2.11
  8. Distributed clips updated for new syntax

Download 2.1.4 Installer
Download 2.1.4 Portable
Download 2.1.4 Multi-Language

Thanks to all contributors, translators and testers for their help with this release.

Programmer’s Notepad 2.1.3 Released

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

A new testing release, version 2.1.3, has been released to Google Code. This release fixes a bunch of bugs, but more importantly contains a complete rewrite of the Text Clips UI and Management/Editing features.

Changes in 2.1.3:

  1. Complete re-write of text clips view and clips management system
  2. End clip entry on final empty field (experimental)
  3. Smart highlight range now limited to field of view +/- 200 lines, improves speed and usability with large files.
  4. Translations now fed directly from user translation project at
  5. Switch to boost 1.42


Download 2.1.3 Installer
Download 2.1.3 Portable
Download 2.1.3 Multi-Language

Thanks to all those who test these builds and provide feedback via the forums or bugs, I hope you’re enjoying the 2.1 releases!

Programmer’s Notepad 2.1.2 Released

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A new testing release, version 2.1.2, has been released to Google Code. The major new feature in this release is Code Template Fields, but there have been a lot of other changes too:

  • Code Template Fields
  • Cleaner visual style for the document tabs
  • Added line padding options, allows more whitespace between lines
  • Switch to Scintilla’s built-in line length measurement
  • Removed some 3D styling bits to clean up the look of the editor, more to do.
  • New tab text changed from to Untitled
  • -z parameter now assumes a single file after the -z, designed for notepad replacement.
  • Updated to latest Scintilla bits for some multi-caret fixes
  • Fixed a couple of regular expression issues.
  • Fix tools options tab titles.
  • Made SmartHighlight more visible, less alpha blending

In case you haven’t used a 2.1 build yet, here are the other headline features in the testing builds:

  1. Full Unicode Support
  2. Support for Translations – PN in your language
  3. Prototype Command Bar feature (with PyPN)
  4. Multiple simultaneous selections, including typing into block selections
  5. Virtual space


Download 2.1.2 Installer
Download 2.1.2 Multi-language Installer
Download 2.1.2 Portable

New Stable Release

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

There have been no show-stopping issues found in so I’m very happy to finally declare a new stable release. There will probably be an update for this build at some point in the near future to fix a couple of minor issues and also to test the auto-update system for stable release users.

If you’ve been holding off from testing releases, now is a great time to download the new stable release!

Thanks to all the testers, forum users, bug reporters and patch submitters for making 2.0.10 a great release. If you’re still using 2.0.8 here are some of the highlights:

  1. Vastly improved regular expressions support
  2. Explorer view
  3. Open files view
  4. Vista-behaviour improvements
  5. Win7 Support
  6. API file autocomplete
  7. SDK for building extensions
  8. Style presets
  9. Macro/Script recording with PyPN
  10. Smart Highlight to show all instances of selected word
  11. Loads of bug fixes, and a bunch more new features

Programmer’s Notepad 2 0.10.1010 Released

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

This is the release candidate for Programmer’s Notepad 2.0.10 – a new stable build!

Almost all changes since build 970 are minor fixes, with the exception of the additional support for XML API files (supporting Notepad++ format). Providing no major issues are found, this will become the stable release, and I plan to test the update mechanism for stable builds soon by signalling this as the new stable build.


2.0.10 RC Installer
2.0.10 RC Portable Zip

Thanks to all the users who have put time and effort into reporting and following up on bugs, testing, and contributing patches. For a detailed list of changes, see my blog.

Programmer’s Notepad 2 0.9.970 Released

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The latest testing release of Programmer’s Notepad is out. This is a minor release with a few important bug fixes, including Unicode file handling, Windows 7 RC quirks, and a couple of toolbar appearance issues. All testing release users should upgrade to this new build.


Thanks to all the users who have put time and effort into reporting and following up on bugs, testing, and contributing patches.

Programmer’s Notepad 2 0.9.962 Released

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The latest testing release of Programmer’s Notepad is out. This release brings a whole bunch of great changes: Script (macro) recording when using PyPN, a customizable toolbar, firefox-style tab ordering and smart highlight. There are also a load of bug fixes too.


There is also a new PyPN release fixing a couple of issues with the included scripts from the last build:

Thanks to all the users who have put time and effort into reporting and following up on bugs, testing, and contributing patches.