Software Product Description
The program offers standard editing functions including cut, copy, paste, undo, date/time insert, drag&drop, and supports Web links as well as network and local file or folder links (full path not required) and internal page links. Environmental variables can be used in file links to run programs, for example.
The index structure can be modified by buttons, context menu or hotkeys. Cut&paste functions and quick node moving.
MemPad always saves data without prompting (when closing Mempad or opening another file). Optional auto save (every 4 minutes). Automatic backup (can be disabled by option); restore last backup, reload file.
Search through all pages or within a node; continue searching forwards or backwards; Replace. Sort nodes (siblings) ascending/descending.
Word wrap mode, Read-only file handling, page locking (global or individual); memory stack (pages, text positions) for browser type back/forw. jumping.
Options include: Selectable font, Background color, Minimize to System Tray, Hotkey, Always on top, ESC shortcut to quit or minimize.
Popup menus with user defined words or expressions to insert, optionally with date and time tokens. Configurable Web look up (dictionary etc.) through context menu. Mini Launcher (through Tool button, menu, System Tray)
Diary support with year/month/day index structure. Go to (or create) today's page with a key stroke.
Export page, node or all to a file or directly to another program; import functions. Insert text file as page.
Password protected encryption, optionally in Win98 compatible mode.
MemPad operates in file environments (by extension and/or directory), each with its own INI file. No Registry entries. File/Open menu within a chosen file environment; optional "New Window".
Help is provided as MemPad file (in English).
"MemPad is indispensible!"
Review Date: 2013-08-31
Pros: I've been using MemPad for more than a year now and have found it very reliable, as well as incredibly flexible and versatile for its small size. It's text-based, but lets you link to virtually any external file and open it by association, so that text and related multimedia content on a given topic can be kept together. For links to program files or shortcuts, the extension can be omitted, and relative paths make the links a lot shorter, too. It's also very easy to set up a right-click menu for inserting accented characters, another one that lets you search selected text online in your choice of search engines, etc. The program can be displayed in any font face and size, and the user can customize the background colors, which can make reading easier on the eyes. Using MemPad is not difficult to learn, but unlike so many other apps, this one has a very thorough and easily understood help file that actually does provide help! It's in the form of a MemPad data file, so that navigating the help file actually demonstrates the use of the program at the same time. MemPad's unicode support and full portability are the icing on the cake.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Other Thoughts: I'm currently using version 3.53. It gets better with each new version, without becoming bloated.