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Page updated 8 January 2007

Go to TopSpell Checking

Is there a spell checker that will work with nPOPuk?

There are a number of freeware spell checkers available which can be used with nPOPuk. Two suggestions are made here:

  1. tinySpell: (http://www.tinyspell.com - Approx 550kb, depending on version)

    This simple spell checker will check any word copied to the clipboard. Alternatively, it can be made to sit in the Notification Area (System Tray) and optionally, actively check text as it is typed into any program.

    The disadvantages are that the free version only comes with an American dictionary and that its mechanism for replacing words is a little crude. When an error is detected, it beeps, and if an alternative spelling is accepted from the list offered, it replaces the offending word by backspacing and retyping in the corrected word. This approach means that use of the cursor keys can easily confuse the software!

  2. All Purpose Spell Checker: (See below for sources - 4697kb)

    APSC is a disproportionately large download for use with the tiny nPOPuk, but does include American, British, Danish, French, German, Italian and Spanish dictionaries.

    It is designed to check the spelling in any almost any plain text area of Windows, so its use needn't be restricted to spell checking in nPOPuk. It was originally a commercial program but was released into the public domain in 1999, so support is not available.

    There is no official site for the program and the final release does not appear to be easy to find. At the time of writing, there is review at http://www.buzzys.net/spellcheck.html and, in spite of the text on the page, the link to the file still appears to be working. Alternatively, try: http://www.math.mcgill.ca/rags/apscinst.exe

Please Contact Us if you find these links broken, or if you have an another freeware spell checker that you prefer.

Go to TopExternal Editors

Do you have any recommendations for external editors that work with nPOPuk?

The range of text editors out there is vast. But, as you may have found, many are aimed at programmers, and whilst having vastly more facilities than Notepad lack the facilities for for editing badly formatted quotes in e-mail replies. Others were created in the days when Notepad was even more crude than it is in the latest versions of Windows, and still lack the features needed in an e-mail editor.

Additionally, the editor needs to be able to create the required files at the right moment, so it can be populated with the appropriate text, and the editor has to be quit on finishing the message. For this reason editors using a multi-document interface may not be suitable.

Therefore, to be recommended here, an editor must be:

  • Free of Charge (ideally open source!).
  • A single document editor that supports multiple instances.
  • Portable
    (i.e. Should not use the Registry or rely on files and folders outside the directory in which the program itself resides)
  • Include facilities to re-flow paragraphs that include hard returns
  • Include facilities to strip and add quotation character strings from/to the beginning of lines.

A program that meets these requirements is:

  1. TED Notepad: (http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/ - Approx 130kb depending on version)

    A hugely powerful, and extendible, programmer's editor that will be an acquired taste for those used to using the mouse. However, with just a few keystrokes to learn, re-flowing poorly formatted replies is easy with TED. Just be prepared for life without a toolbar!

If you have suggestions for other editors to be included in this list, do Contact Us!

An editor worth considering is Metapad. It only fails to make the recommended list as it is not portable (Writes to the registry). However, it's light weight, a little more "friendly" than TED Notepad, and does meet all the other requirements. Metapad is available from http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/. The download is approx 47kb depending on version)

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