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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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Mousepad Comments

Nice little text editor

Positive Comment by ZackGules
about Mousepad Sep 2015

Its a very nice little editor. Its perfect for simple text graphics, and its ability to change text font, allows to view pseudographics as well. It has tabbed window support, printing, syntax highlighting.

However, its not always fit for the job, if you have multiple encodings. It allows to detect and open text in different encoding with live preview, as well as change string endings (Linux, Mac, Windows styles). BUT, it does not allow to save in other encoding. Open yes, create new (UTF8) yes, paste and save as UTF8 yes. But live conversion and export in other encoding dont work - and that might be crucial for text editing; unless one only uses one encodoing, or recodes text using different tool.

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