Have you gotten tired of how Notepad looks like? I have. Sometime last year, I have been obsessed with customizing the look of Windows in my office computer (this was around June last year, before my GNU/Linux experiments began). I got skins for Winamp (I hardly use Media Player…), got some spiffy wallpapers and changed my desktop’s color scheme. I even got myself a different text editor. Yup. I wanted a skinnable text editor. Notepad was just too – bland for me. On Wincustomize.com, I got the link to KewlPad.
This is a screenshot of KewlPad, with the skin chooser open:
Click this for a larger view of the screenshot.
KewlPad is a skinnable text editor. This means that you could change the way it looks. You could have it look modern, feminine, sleek, or whatever skin suits your fancy. Wincustomize has a lot of skins for it.
What I like about KewlPad:
- It is skinnable. Whatever mood I am in, I could change the skin into something that matches it.
- It has the indicator for Caps lock and Insert. I like that because I sometimes accidentally hit Capslock…
- It has an indicator on how long you have been active from the last time you started typing until the time you stop.
- It has an indicator as to how many rows you already typed and which row you are in.
- You could go to certain rows. (Ctrl-G would give you a dialog box asking which row you want to go to.)
- You could easily preview the HTML file you are editing when you press Ctrl-W. (It opens the HTML file in your default browser.)
Things I don’t really like about KewlPad:
- It has no option to maximize. (It only has minimize and close.)
- It’s not available for GNU/Linux (then again I use GNU Emacs so… :P)
It’s pretty nifty. There’s a lot to like about it even though I think the last release was still back in 2001. Currently, my sister uses it a lot. I guess this is especially nifty for those who write their HTMLs in text editors instead of something like Dreamweaver or Frontpage.
Some screenshots of Kewlpad are also available here =)