Jovial Notepad Gets An Update

As is often the case, my recent posting about a small, portable replacement for NotePad brought a small flurry of suggestions for alternative products.  It seems that a good note-taking app is one of the ley requirements of Windows users, and they like to continue in their never-ending quest for the best one.
Robert Tucker, based in Canada, gets the credit for pointing me at Jovial Notepad, which is a tiny free replacement for Windows Notepad that also includes a lot of the features of WordPad too.  I actually wrote about this a few months ago, but it has recently been updated so I reckon it deserves another mention.
You can choose different fonts as well as different colours too.  And URLs get underlined automatically and become clickable.   If you're a programmer it'll automatically recognise XML and
SQL syntax too.
Jovial Editor is a tiny 32 KB download from and is portable and free. It can save in text or RTF format, and runs under all recent versions of Windows.  It's malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.


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Here are a few suggestions: Notepad X Notepad X is an alternative open source text editor for Microsoft Windows ____________________________________________________________________________ Notepad++ is also a good one: ____________________________________________________________________________ AkelPad - is an open source editor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast. ____________________________________________________________________________ PSPad is a well-known freeware editor among Microsoft Windows users: ____________________________________________________________________________ EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, too! ____________________________________________________________________________ ATPad is a simple Notepad replacement written in pure C and Windows API I hope this helps!!! PS .NET 4 framework is required for Jovial ... since you asked.

Someone should mention the version of .NET framework required: the reviewer or the sourceforge website. I didn't see either mentioned it.

I took a look at this and will be sticking with metapad with it's case changing and excellent search and replace
I wish someone would keep that program going (sigh)


I am with you on that big time.
And I have the same sigh ;-(

i always appreciate new programs to look at and i did with this one. thanks.

very simplistic..very few options. hardly any options to make it "yours" i will pass.

have used jarte for a long time. a bit hard to get set the way you want but many many options to really make it do what you want. i will stick with it.

jarte for me too. nice interface, lots more options than I ever use...but they are nice to have...and only 743 bytes,

Sorry but I have to disagree.
In JNP I created a tiny text file like this (without the quotes!):

Looked good in JNP.
Saved it as .txt.
Opened it in Notepad and it looks like this (without the quotes!):

I had the suspicion when I looked at the supplied files like quicksymbols.txt and his README.txt.

In Windows no line breaks, an almost unreadable mass of unstructured text. This means I can't use it on a customer's machine to leave a quick note that the customer then can actually read.

Not for me, sorry.

This issue is because it saved the file with Unix line endings (a line feed character) and not Windows line endings (a carriage return character followed by a line feed character.)
Something it should, but doesn't, have a setting for.

Yes knyri,

I know and thanks for the confirmation.

That is exactly why I did that little test.
I had that same experience in an ancient past with some Windows software written by a Unix guy.

Weird. I'm on Windows 7, tried your test exactly, it worked just fine with Edit Pad Lite, Em Editor Free, and Wordpad. But NOT with Notepad. Anyone have any ideas?

Very nice. Thank you Rob Schifreen and Robert Tucker
Ticks all the boxes - portable, clean interface, no unnecessary bloatware
- no nagware, no advertisements, no internet phoning home
Cant ask for everything, but if it could colour highlight words, then it would be the perfect application