If you need to invoke other tools or applications on the files you edit, make your life easier by adding those applications to EditPad Pro's Tools menu. E.g. when editing source code, simply add your programming language's compiler or interpreter to the Tools menu. Then you can easily compile and run your program right within EditPad Pro by pressing a button or clicking a menu item.
EditPad Pro can capture the tool's output into a special message pane, or into a new tab. While the Windows command shell will only show the last 100 lines or so of output, EditPad Pro saves all the output. If you capture it into a new tab, the output becomes a regular (unsaved) file which you can edit and save like any other file. You can set up a special file type for the output with specific settings, such as the special syntax coloring scheme for batch file output and various compilers and interpreters included with EditPad Pro. The schemes can highlight file names and line number references in the tool's output. Double-click a link to open the file in EditPad Pro at the designated line.
If you capture the output into the message pane, you can keep the output visible while you inspect and edit the batch file and data files referenced in the output. The message pane can use the same syntax coloring scheme for highlighting the batch file's output. The scheme is fully editable, so you can adjust it to the particulars of the output produced by whichever tools you run.
Any application can be added to the Tools menu. Though very useful for programmers, the Tools menu saves time for everybody who uses other software while editing text files. You could even add unrelated applications like music players or graphics programs as tools. Then you can start them via a menu item, toolbar button or keyboard shortcut from within EditPad Pro.
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— Michael Brenden
20 June 2008, Maryland, USA