Notepad is a text editor inbuilt application of Windows which typically saves files in txt format. Although it is a very simple and lightweight application and Windows have done so much to improvements in this utility, but still it has limited functionality.
So most of users generally use this application as a scrap pad or to write XML. But its utility as a scrap pad and writing XML codes is not very appealing because of its poor graphics interphase and lack on functionality. So you can use a tool named Bend which is a better replacement of this tool. Bend is more elegant than notepad and have added features and aristocratic user interface.
The best part of this nifty utility is that it requires no installation and this freeware is absolutely portable. So you can carry it on USB Drives or other portable devices and can directly run this tool on any PC. This utility can even be integrated with Windows Explorer so that you can open files with Bend, directly from Windows Explorer.
This is the main window of this utility. Click on New from main window to open a new file. The best part of this tool is that it will create a new file in the tab format in the same window just like you can do in your web browser. So you can create any number of files and switch between them easily. You can see above that I have created 3 files simultaneously.
Now next great feature is that Bend allows you to write only in points form which is actually very easy readable format. So you can write anything scrap or even XML codes in the points form. To save your matter, simply click on save and you will surprised to see the number of formats in which Bend allows you to save your data.
Hence you can not only save your data as a usual txt format but even can create codes of most of the software like C/C++, Java, PHP etc. directly in this tool. Bend is also integrated with added tabs, syntax highlighting, zooming and better find and replace option which will help you a lot while writing codes or simple text.
This tool has very innovative and appealing Graphical Interface as it have replaced the icons to minimize, maximize and close the application with the keywords. It even allows you to search directly from search box located at top left at the main window. In nutshell it is a very handy and innovative tool and you must give it a try.
The size of Bend is just 747 Kb and this tool requires no installation and runs directly from its exe file. This tool is compatible with all the version of Windows and requires Microsoft .Net framework 4.0 and it has been tested successfully on Windows 7 Ultimate-32 bit edition.