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Bend - A modern text editor

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    RamblingGeek​UK

    Hi All,

     

    Come across this, seems intresting.....

    http://bend.codeplex.com/

    Bend

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    CKurt

    It has syntax highlighting and it's extensible. Nice!

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    exoteric

    Modern editor. You wouldn't know it from that particular screenshot. It's a fairly nice minimalistic editor. I don't like that it uses text for window icons (min, max, close). Will have to try it out to see what it can do...

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    ManipUni

    Looks cool. The UI, while good, looks a little confused about what it is trying to be. I cannot tell if it fits into a niche that I need. I have notepad at one end and Visual Studio at the other...

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    Dr Herbie

    Reminds me of DarkRoom (no frills to distract from the writing of text), but oriented to developers (hence the syntax highlighting).

    If it had a full-screen mode that hid the Win7 taskbar it would really cut down on the distractions.

     

    Herbie

     

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    giovanni

    Love the look, I really hope this project keeps going and inspires some more.

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    qvp

    The search is great and the syntax highlighting is nice, but there are a few issues that would prevent my from using it.

     

    -There is no border around the window so if it is over another white window you can't see the edge of bend.

    -There is no border around the separate tabs, just a red dot.

    -The min, max, quit labels look horrible compared to the standard icons, max doesn't even change to restore when bend is maximized.

     

     

     

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    fabian

    qvp said:

    The search is great and the syntax highlighting is nice, but there are a few issues that would prevent my from using it.

     

    -There is no border around the window so if it is over another white window you can't see the edge of bend.

    -There is no border around the separate tabs, just a red dot.

    -The min, max, quit labels look horrible compared to the standard icons, max doesn't even change to restore when bend is maximized.

     

     

     

    search is not great. I just tried open an xslt file and do a search for a word that occours multiple times in the document. It only highlighed the first hit.

     

    Besides that it looks pretty nice.

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    giovanni

    qvp said:

    The search is great and the syntax highlighting is nice, but there are a few issues that would prevent my from using it.

     

    -There is no border around the window so if it is over another white window you can't see the edge of bend.

    -There is no border around the separate tabs, just a red dot.

    -The min, max, quit labels look horrible compared to the standard icons, max doesn't even change to restore when bend is maximized.

     

     

     

    I like that there is no border, but you are right over another white window it mioght be confusing, do you think a shadow would do?

     

    I don't like the red dot either

     

    I also agree on the min max icons

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    DCMonkey

    giovanni said:
    qvp said:
    *snip*

    I like that there is no border, but you are right over another white window it mioght be confusing, do you think a shadow would do?

     

    I don't like the red dot either

     

    I also agree on the min max icons

    I get a drop shadow on Vista.

     

    I thought the red dot was a "pending edits" indicator till I realized I hadn't edited anything yet.

     

    I also agree on the min/max/close icons.

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    qvp

    giovanni said:
    qvp said:
    *snip*

    I like that there is no border, but you are right over another white window it mioght be confusing, do you think a shadow would do?

     

    I don't like the red dot either

     

    I also agree on the min max icons

    I don't get a shadow on XP nor on Windows 7. I think a shadow would help determine the edges of the window, but I'm not a big fan of the drop shadow on Mac OS X because it goes around the entire window and just doesn't look 'correct' to me.

     

    @fabian: Yeah, after using Bend for a few days I have noticed that the search isn't very reliable after all.

     

    I have finally given up trying to use Bend as my primary quick editor and have gone back to notepad. I gave it up because it takes 2-3 seconds to launch and notepad pretty much instantaneous.

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    figuerres

    BEND - did it go round the b END ????

     

    anyone know what happened to it??

     

    seems to be pulled off codeplex.

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    JoshRoss

    figuerres said:

    BEND - did it go round the b END ????

     

    anyone know what happened to it??

     

    seems to be pulled off codeplex.

    Hopefully it wasn't chock-full of malware. I would imagine that a few people around here would be irritated. I installed it, and found it to be very responsive. Even subtle details, like how the window would drag across the screen, were silky.

     

    -Josh

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    Red5

    figuerres said:

    BEND - did it go round the b END ????

     

    anyone know what happened to it??

     

    seems to be pulled off codeplex.

    Yeah, where did it go? I'd like to play with it...anyone have the original install available?

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    Pace

    Red5 said:
    figuerres said:
    *snip*

    Yeah, where did it go? I'd like to play with it...anyone have the original install available?

    +1

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    giovanni

    JoshRoss said:
    figuerres said:
    *snip*

    Hopefully it wasn't chock-full of malware. I would imagine that a few people around here would be irritated. I installed it, and found it to be very responsive. Even subtle details, like how the window would drag across the screen, were silky.

     

    -Josh

    Malware? What?

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