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Friday, January 28, 2005Tex-Edit Plus 4.9 is a scriptable, styled text editor that fills the gap between OS X's Text Edit and a full-featured word processor like MS Word. It's fast, efficient, and has a clean, uncluttered interface. It's also great for cleaning up text which is transmitted over the Internet.

Version 4.9

  1. New ruler allows easy paragraph formatting, multiple tabs, and tab leaders. (Double-click on a ruler tab to set tab characteristics and control-click on the ruler to adjust ruler settings.) Jaguar (10.2) or newer required. Thanks to Richard Law's "Ruler View for WASTE."
  2. Ruler tabs and margins are fully scriptable and recordable.
  3. New scriptable pref option to show rulers by default.
  4. New scriptable pref option to show ruler help tags.
  5. New scriptable pref option to show ruler value tags.
  6. New scriptable pref option to enable continuous or discrete ruler settings.
  7. New "tab width" window property to set pixel width between standard tabs.
  8. New "default tab width" application property to set default pixel width between tabs in new documents.
  9. Improved usefulness of the "wild run" placeholder in the Find dialog. (Increased the character restriction from 255 to 8K characters, making it much easier to find and replace large structures.)
  10. Internal fixes have improved the usefulness of several scripts (including HTML conversion scripts).
  11. Improved cursor handling in most windows and dialogs.
  12. Improved recordability of text entry.
  13. Fixed several bugs noticed while hiliting spoken text by word or by sentence.
  14. Fixed bug in "Open Recent" menu.
  15. Removed most of the preset keyboard shortcuts from the sample scripts (so that you can add your own favorites more easily).
  16. New "Ruler Merge" sample script tool to propagate the first ruler throughout an entire selection.
  17. New "Ruler Reset" sample script tool to reset ruler to initial state.
  18. AppleScript Demo updated to show off ruler.

Version 4.8.2

  1. Command key shortcuts added to dialog buttons. (For example, cmd-R will activate "Replace All" button in the Find dialog.)
  2. Auto-scroll now centers the selection vertically. (For example, a found string will appear near the center of the window instead of at the bottom.)
  3. New version of contextual menu plugin (1.2) activates the "Copy to Tex-Edit" CM item in Cocoa applications.
  4. Some alert dialogs rearranged for clarity.
  5. Fixed error when pasting complex text that has been copied from a Cocoa application.
  6. Fixed file save bug to prevent accidental replacement of non-text files.

Version 4.8.1

  1. Fixed automatic version checking bug.
  2. Fixed ASCII popup menu redraw bug.
  3. Minor interface changes to comply with Apple guidelines.

Version 4.8

  1. Handy new floating Script Tools palette thanks to Charles W. Moore. Compiled scripts added to the new "Script Tools" folder will show up as buttons in the palette. Option click a button to edit its script. Jaguar (10.2) or newer required.
  2. Background Color submenu added to Format menu.
  3. The info area at the bottom of each window displays the hex value for two-byte (as well as one-byte) selections.
  4. Added command key shortcut to Preferences menu item.
  5. Fixed drag bug associated with some picture clippings.
  6. Small internal bug fixes.

Version 4.7.1

  1. Common picture formats (TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PICT, PSD) can now be opened, inserted, or dragged directly into Tex-Edit documents.
  2. Improved drag & drop behavior from desktop.
  3. Fixed bug noted when double-clicking on a document that is already open and minimized.
  4. Fixed redraw bug noted when inserting certain text files.
  5. Fixed bug noted when zooming a wide open picture document.
  6. Fixed selection marquis bug noted in picture files.

Version 4.7

  1. New "Markup" menu switch makes it easy to insert editor marks in a document.
  2. When Markup is enabled, all typed or pasted insertions use the styles specified by the new "Markup Options" dialog, overriding any preexisting styles at the insertion point.
  3. All the Markup options are scriptable and the switch retains it state between launches.
  4. Sample scripts added to illustrate use of the new Markup feature.
  5. Added support for enhanced print Apple event (Panther only). The optional "with properties" parameter gives AppleScript much more control over the printing process. For example:
    print every window with properties {copies:3, collating:true, pages across:2, pages down:1, error handling:detailed, target printer:"MyBigPrinter", starting page:2, ending page:2, requested print time:date "Monday, May 24, 2004 11:02:23 PM"}
  6. Added optional "print dialog" parameter to "print" and "print selection" commands. This allows AppleScript to control display of the standard print dialog sheet. If this parameter is missing, then the print dialog is not displayed.
  7. Sample bullet handling scripts added thanks to Mike Detwiler.
  8. Fixed slow Find dialog bug noted on some systems.

Version 4.6.9

  1. Changed the Script menu's shortcut specifier from a slash ( / ) to an underscore ( _ ). This relieves some UNIX-related filename and path confusion.
  2. Scripts with a filename extension (either displayed or hidden) are now handled correctly in the Scripts menu.
  3. Fixed button activation bug noted when using the Edit menu to paste text into the Find dialog.
  4. Updated French localization.

Version 4.6.8

  1. Commands in the "Quick Cleanup" submenu now apply to the current selection, if any. Otherwise, the entire document is affected as usual.
  2. Smarten Quotes and Stupefy Quotes buttons on the Tools palette now apply to the current text selection, if any.
  3. Improved error handling when attempting to save very large resources (i.e., a file with too many pictures).
  4. Memory handling optimized for 10.3.3. (Earlier versions of Panther necessitated a memory-leaking bug fix.)

Version 4.6.7

  1. Added new "replace multiple blank lines" command to the Cleanup dialog. This makes it easier to normalize white space in a document. The new command is scriptable and recordable.
  2. Minor improvements were made to the Spanish localization.
  3. Fixed a bug seen when executing scripted search/replacement with empty search string.

Version 4.6.6

  1. Added automatic version checking at launch (with scriptable pref switch).
  2. Fixed Tools palette error involving several non-English localizations.
  3. Synchronized keyboard shortcuts for all localizations, adding many shortcuts for non-English versions.

Version 4.6.4

  1. Added "Check for New Version" command to check for the latest version and download it if desired.
  2. Added MacPAD protocol support.

Version 4.6.3

  1. Fixed incompatibility with Script Editor 2.0's "Open Dictionary" command (Panther).
  2. Fixed several French localization errors.

Version 4.6.2

  1. Quadrupled the number of scripts allowed in the 'Scripts' folder and improved error checking.

Version 4.6.1

  1. Improved robustness of support for External Editor (ODB) protocol to increase compatibility with FTP clients (e.g. FTPeel).
  2. Removed the 255 character restriction on the size of grep back references.
  3. Fixed several grep bugs involving large back references.
  4. Fixed save bug that caused custom icon and label to be lost when saving a document.
  5. Fixed related word count and word index script bugs.
  6. Fixed spell checker bug seen when checking certain control character combinations.

Version 4.6

  1. Many internal fixes were made to insure full Panther (10.3.x) compatibility.
  2. Undo now functions beyond the last Save.
  3. Improved function of Delete command.
  4. Fixed various menu shortcut conflicts with Panther.
  5. Fixed several minor bugs noted when Tools palette is visible (Panther).
  6. Fixed annoying Font panel bug that made it difficult to select a font family (Panther).
  7. Fixed scrollbar crash bug (Panther).
  8. Fixed sheet dialog menu item activation bug (Panther).
  9. Fixed window activation bug noted during some scripted saves.
  10. Fixed bug seen with some print drivers.
  11. Fixed bug that allowed multiple copies of a document to be opened by the Finder.
  12. Fixed bug in Auto-Save.
  13. Fixed bug in Word Caps command.
  14. Fixed minor word count error.
  15. Fixed rare yet annoying crash bug seen with certain miscellaneous text alterations and script executions.
  16. Recompiled using latest gcc/Xcode compiler.
  17. Archived using newer "sitx" format. This should eliminate the permissions (launch) problem seen with the prior archives. It also makes the archive quite a bit smaller. Unstuff using Expander 7 or newer.
  18. Be sure to drag the Tex-Edit folder into one of your Applications folders, then log out/in to activate the Services menu.
  19. Added ability to personalize your copy of Tex-Edit Plus with a registration code (in the About dialog). Codes have been emailed to registered users. Notify me if you did not already get your registration code.

Version 4.5.2

  1. Improved behavior of "Copy to Tex-Edit Plus" Services menu function. Text is now pasted at the insertion point of the frontmost Tex-Edit document, creating a blank document if none exists. (Thanks to R. Regensburg.)
  2. Simplified "Merge Scripts Folders" applet.
  3. Improved support for mouse scroll wheel. (Accelerates in accordance with scrolling speed in System Preferences.)
  4. Added support for "properties" AppleScript property of windows and text. This allows you to get or set multiple class properties with a single command:
    set properties of every word whose style contains bold to {font:"Verdana", size:24, color:blue}
  5. Made several AppleScript improvements to simplify scripting. For example, these constructs are now properly supported:
    get number of characters of every word of lines 2 thru 5 --> correct running total
    get words whose style contains italic --> proper recognition of text styles
    get words 2 thru 12 of (words whose length > 5) --> subrange of a list of identical elements
    delete {word 14, character 23, line 3} --> delete a list of text elements simultaneously

Version 4.5.1

  1. New "Copy to Tex-Edit Plus" function appears in the Services menu, making it easy to import text from other OS X programs. To activate this feature, move the Tex-Edit folder to one of your Applications folders (/Applications, /Applictions/Utilities, /Users/yournamehere/Applications, etc.) then log out and log back in.
  2. Re-enabled the "Show Invisibles" feature (finally!). Use "Show Invisibles" to display non-printing characters (tab, space, linefeed, formfeed, return).
  3. Show/hide invisibles from the Tools palette. (A new button replaces the "Show Preferences" Tools palette button.)
  4. New "Add filename extensions when saving" preferences switch (scriptable) automatically adds an appropriate filename extension when saving a document. Turning this feature OFF disables all filename extension handling, allowing Tex-Edit to function properly with FTP clients such as Captain FTP. (Tex-Edit can serve as the remote text editor for most FTP clients.)
  5. New "hidden extension" parameter added to "save" command.
  6. When saving as picture, movie, or sound, a file is created for each object. (Previously, only the first object was saved.)
  7. New "height" and "width" picture properties allow you to manipulate the size of embedded pictures using AppleScript. For example, use this script to center a picture vertically on a line:
    set baseline ascent of picture 1 to -((height of picture 1) / 2)
  8. Open and insert PICT and movie documents even if they don't have traditional "PICT" or "MooV" file types. (Tex-Edit recognizes the file extension.)
  9. Cleaned up recorded AppleScript references to movies, sounds, and pictures. (Some old scripts dealing with movies, sounds, and pictures may need to be recompiled.)
  10. New keyboard shortcuts added for various menu items.
  11. The "Open Selection" menu command now attempts to extract a full pathname from the text selection, and can therefore function from within an unsaved document. (If a full pathname is not selected, Open Selection looks for a file by that name in the active document's folder.)
  12. Two new scripts help convert to and from some common Windows (extended ASCII) characters.
  13. Improved behavior when "saving as" a non-Tex-Edit document. (The non-Tex-Edit document is created, but the orginal document remains intact.)
  14. Fixed several related save bugs.
  15. Fixed bug in "Hilite HTML" script.
  16. Fixed "close bubble" dot to indicate unsaved status for new windows.
  17. Fixed contextual menu Help item.
  18. Fixed old bug in "Open Selection" menu command.

Version 4.5

  1. New floating toolbar. (Note that the toolbar remembers its state and position between launches.)
  2. Rearranged menus to conserve menu space and to conform to Jaguar UI Guidelines.
  3. Implemented various other UI improvements, including more descriptive names for several menu options.
  4. New "smart hyphens" feature--converts two hyphens to an em dash (scriptable pref switch).
  5. New "rotate consecutive hyphens" feature (with a scriptable pref switch). Press the dash key repeatedly to switch between em dash, en dash, and double dashes.
  6. New "rotate consecutive quotes" feature (with a scriptable pref switch). "Rotate" suggestions thanks to Henader T.
  7. New "Print One Copy All" menu command quickly prints all open documents. (Hold down the option key.)
  8. New expanded, searchable Help book. (English version only.)
  9. Fixed AppleScript "print file" bug.
  10. Fixed printing bug noted when dragging Tex-Edit documents to the Print Center.
  11. Fixed several other small printing bugs.
  12. Fixed "Save All" bug and related sheet dialog bug.
  13. Fixed Word Services bug to allow Tex-Edit to use the latest version of the Excalibur spell checker.
  14. Fixed PICT display bug.

Version 4.4

  1. Spell checking added.
  2. Hold down the option key to check the spelling of the current text selection.
  3. Added support for the OS X Fonts Panel (requires OS 10.2 or greater).
  4. Drag and drop desktop files onto document windows to insert text.
  5. Option-return overrides the "Auto Indent" feature.
  6. Faster application launch when Scripts folder is large.
  7. Removed the limitation on font size.
  8. Added "tell selection" shortcut to Quick Script dialog.
  9. Fixed Jaguar printing bug involving certain unusual configurations.
  10. Fixed Scripts menu bug that prevented use of scripts created by the new Jaguar version of Script Editor.
  11. Fixed bug involving sound playback on systems without sound capability.
  12. Miscellaneous internal fixes.
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