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AceText Version History

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Don't let the long lists of issues on this page make you think our products have a lot of problems. Quite to the contrary. All the bugs listed below are bugs that we have fixed. Many of these are corner cases reported by only one or perhaps a handful of our customers. Other software companies often don't spend any effort addressing such issues, much less list them publicly. We take pride in producing high quality software, and often release free updates to ensure you won't have any problems with our software.

Your purchase also comes with one year of free major upgrades. So don't worry if there might be a new major upgrade around the corner just because it's been a while since the last major upgrade. If there is one around the corner, you'll get it free, without having to ask. (But you can keep the old version if you prefer.)

If you ever hit a snag with AceText, check here whether you have the latest version. If you do, simply report the issue on the forum and we'll help you out as soon as we can.

AceText 3.5.1 – 10 May 2018

Improvements:

  • Collection tabs are now better proportioned on high DPI systems.
  • Windows 10: Installer now deals with Controlled Folder Access more efficiently when Windows Defender is operational and ignores it when Windows Defender is not operational, ensuring a smoother installation on Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and 1803 (April 2018 Update).

See also: AceText 3.5.1 release notes

AceText 3.5.0 – 19 January 2018

Improvements:

  • Preferences|Hotkeys: Clicking OK shows an error message without closing the dialog if certain hotkeys could not be registered.
  • Preferences|Hotkeys: The default hotkeys have changed, because the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update reserves several Windows+Control+letter key combinations for the operating system.
  • Spell checker: Learned words that are not entirely lowercase are now case sensitive just like words in the main dictionary.
  • Windows 10: Installer adds AceText as an allowed application to Controlled Folder Access in Windows Defender in the Fall Creators Update.
  • Windows 10: Installer can now create the desktop shortcut and install the sample collections into the default folder when Controlled Folder Access is enabled by temporarily adding itself to the list of allowed applications.

Bug fixes:

  • Clip|New Folder: Creating a new folder by pressing the Shift+F4 keyboard shortcut while the AceText Editor is invisible now makes it visible instead of showing an error that it cannot focus an invisible window.
  • Seaching for regular expressions sometimes triggered access violation errors.
  • Spell checker: Automatic suggestions for a misspelled word that is all lowercase now preserve the case the suggested word has in the dictionary instead of making it lowercase.
  • Spell checker: Learned replacements that only change the case of a word no longer highlight occurrences of the word with the corrected case as misspelled.

See also: AceText 3.5.0 release notes

AceText 3.4.2 – 4 July 2017

Bug fixes:

  • The ellipsis character U+2026 was changed into a line break when AceText copied an entire clip to the clipboard and you pasted into an application that's not from Just Great Software.
  • The splitter bar on the AceText Tower moved a little upwards each time you shut down and restarted AceText, leaving a little less space for the list of collections (and equally more for the clip tree).

See also: AceText 3.4.2 release notes

AceText 3.4.1 – 10 May 2017

Improvement:

  • Searching and replacing all matches in a single clip now adds one undo item for the entire search-and-replace instead of adding separate undo items for all replacements.

Bug fix:

  • Searching and replacing with a regex in a single clip or searching and replacing with anything across all clips leaked memory; if a large number of replacements had to be made in a large clip this could cause AceText to exhaust all available memory.

See also: AceText 3.4.1 release notes

AceText 3.4.0 – 10 April 2017

New features:

  • Help|News & Updates: New version announcements and other news about AceText and optionally other Just Great Software products can now be shown automatically or upon request.
  • RegexMagic can now be launched from the Search Options menu in AceText.

Improvements:

  • Portable installs of AceText can now integrate with portable installs of RegexBuddy.
  • RegexBuddy command sends the active clip as a sample to RegexBuddy.

See also: AceText 3.4.0 release notes

AceText 3.3.1 – 27 February 2017

Improvements:

  • Proxy password is now encrypted when stored in the .ini file.
  • Windows 10: Mouse wheel scrolls the control pointed to by the mouse pointer instead of the control that has keyboard focus.

Bug fix:

  • Editing a clip's label with the shift key held down (to enter capital letters) triggered a harmless but annoying access violation error if the folder or collection containing the clip was sorted by clip labels and the edit changed the position of the clip.

See also: AceText 3.3.1 release notes

AceText 3.3.0 – 26 October 2016

Improvements:

  • About box and demo messages now scale on systems using 200% or more display scaling.
  • AceText now waits for all modifier keys on the keyboard to be released before sending clips to other applications to avoid the possibility of releasing those keys while AceText is simulating its keystrokes.
  • Toolbar icons are now doubled up in size on systems using 200% or more display scaling making the small icons suitable for 200% display scaling and the large ones for 300% scaling.

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory: Clip tree font set in the Preferences is now also used for the list of clips in the ClipHistory.
  • Spell: Learned words are now saved much faster, removing the long delay when changing the spell check language or when switching to another application after learning a new word if thousands of words had already been learned.
  • Spell: Learned words with characters that are not supported by the system code page are now saved correctly.
  • Tower: Clip tree font set in the Preferences is now also used for the list of collections.

See also: AceText 3.3.0 release notes

AceText 3.2.3 – 20 April 2016

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory: Filtering clips shows clips that do not match the filter instead of those that do match the filter (3.2.1 and 3.2.2 only).
  • Searching and replacing by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+F3 keyboard shortcut while the AceText Tower had keyboard focus caused AceText to get stuck in an infinite loop. Now this will activate the AceText Editor if it is visible and correctly perform the search-and-replace. It will do nothing if the AceText Editor is not visible.

See also: AceText 3.2.3 release notes

AceText 3.2.2 – 1 April 2016

Bug fix:

  • A clean install of AceText 3.2.1 incorrectly initialized its default preferences, causing errors when opening the Preferences dialog and when trying to OK the Preferences dialog.

AceText 3.2.1 – 18 March 2016

Improvement:

  • Preferences|Hotkeys: Default AceType hotkey is now Windows+Control+T. The previous default Windows+A no longer works on Windows 10 as it is reserved by the operating system to open the Action Center.

Bug fixes:

  • Commands in the Clip menu that should be disabled when the Clipboard tab is active could still be accessed via their keyboard shortcuts, leading to errors such as Invalid Class Typecast.
  • Preferences|Applications/Windows: Configuring an application and turning on the option to simulate copy and paste commands with key combinations that include the Ctrl or Alt keys could cause the Ctrl or Alt key to remain virtually stuck after AceText sent the key combination until you pressed Ctrl or Alt on the keyboard.
  • Scrolling position in the list or tree of clips was not maintained when deleting clips while clips are filtered.
  • Windows 10: Closing AceText when it is not maximized and with the left or top edge of the window touching the left or top edge of the desktop caused it to start up slightly wider or taller next time.

See also: AceText 3.2.1 release notes

AceText 3.2.0 – 27 October 2015

Improvement:

  • Windows 10: Preserved window position now allows the visible portion of the window border to sit directly against the edge of the screen.

Bug fixes:

  • Preferences|Appearance: URL button did not change the color of highlighted email addresses.
  • Scrolling position in the list or tree of clips was not maintained when deleting clips.
  • Windows 10: Using AcePaste or AceType with or sending clips directly to Windows Store applications such as the Edge browser was unreliable.

See also: AceText 3.2.0 release notes

AceText 3.1.6 – 16 July 2015

Bug fix:

  • Portable installs of AceText 3.1.3 thorugh 3.1.5 did not correctly load the paths to the ClipHistory and Recycle Bin causing 3.1.3 and 3.1.4 to silently revert to the default paths and 3.1.5 to falsely complain the drive for the ClipHistory and RecycleBin does not exist.

AceText 3.1.5 – 13 July 2015

Improvements:

  • Installer no longer asks to accept the license agreement if you already have AceText 3.x.x installed.
  • Installer now puts a single shortcut directly in the Start menu which better fits the Start menu on Windows 10.
  • Preferences|Files: If the drive that the ClipHistory preference points to does not exist when starting AceText, ask the user whether to retry or to revert to a default collection instead of silently reverting to a default collection.
  • Preferences|Files: Reopen AceText Collections when restarting AceText now asks whether to retry or start without the missing collections if any collections are remembered on drives that are not available, giving you a chance to connect those drives first.
  • Preferences|Files: Selecting a collection that is open in AceText as the new ClipHistory or Recycle Bin now shows a clear message that you have to close the collection first instead of a cryptic "access denied" error.

Bug fixes:

  • Disable AcePaste and AceType hotkeys while the Substitute Parameters dialog is being shown.
  • Forum: Highlighting search matches in AceText itself also highlights them on the forum.
  • Search: Incremental Search using regular expressions pops up error messages if the regular expression is (temporarily) invalid while attempting to enter it.
  • Spell check: Romanian dictionaries did not show suggestions.
  • Split Clip: When the dialog for specifying the delimiter for splitting clips is first shown, the OK button was disabled and the edit controls were enabled, instead of the other way around.
  • Switching from a "binary data" clip to a clip folder did not hide the hexadecimal editor.

See also: AceText 3.1.5 release notes

AceText 3.1.4 – 2 October 2014

Improvements:

  • Forum: Right-click menus.
  • Open and save dialogs now remember the most recently used folder and default to the folder containing the active collection, if any.
  • Preferences, Files: "Try to obtain write access when activating a read-only collection" now also takes effect when switching to AceText from another application, in addition to when switching collections within AceText.
  • URLs: file: URLs relative to the folder that the .atc file is stored in.

Bug fixes:

  • Forum: Starting AceText minimized (e.g. when configuring AceText to start when Windows starts) caused the forum window to also be minimized when connecting to the forum.
  • Search: Whole words only option was ignored when not using a regular expression.
  • Share: Uploading a clip collection failed if the description contained line breaks.

See also: AceText 3.1.4 release notes

AceText 3.1.3 – 7 January 2014

Improvements:

  • Preferences|Files: If the ClipHistory or Recycle Bin file points to a drive that does not exist when starting AceText then that file is reverted to its default location in the My Documents folder; previously AceText would keep the invalid path which would silently prevent it from saving the ClipHistory or Recycle Bin until you tried to close AceText.
  • Tab characters in clips are now sent as simulated Tab key presses instead of as simulated keyboard characters when AceText is configured to send clips by simulating keystrokes to particular windows or applications.
    The difference is that if the control that receives the keystrokes does not support tabs then the Tab key moves focus to the next control, while a simulated tab character is ignored. This allows you to use AcePaste or AceType to populate multiple controls by sending a clip that uses tabs to delimit the text for each controls.
  • Tabs: Double-clicking the blank space to the right of the last tab now adds a new blank collection tab as the rightmost tab.

Bug fixes:

  • AceEdit: Pressing the AceEdit hotkey while using another application, editing the contents of the Clipboard tab, and then switching back to the other application by simply clicking on it did not automatically paste the edited text into the other application. Explicitly finishing the edit by pressing the AceEdit hotkey after editing the Clipboard tab did work.
  • All Collections: If the same clip is selected on the All Collections tab and the tab of the collection that contains the clip then editing the clip on one of those tabs does not automatically update its view on the other tab.
  • Cut and Copy commands did not cut and copy the active line when no text is selected in AceText 3.1.2 as they do in all other versions of AceText.
  • Edit|Copy Clip to Clipboard was disabled when the active item is a folder.
  • Forum continued to use the old proxy settings until you closed the forum window if you changed the proxy settings after having successfully connected to the forum.
  • Forum: Feeds button for preparing RSS feeds to follow the forum was missing.
  • Help|Share Collections: Uploading a collection resulted in a server error because AceText did not correctly upload the collection.
  • RSS Feed Writer: Strip control characters not allowed in XML files.
  • Search: Replace buttons were not disabled after finding a search match in a read-only collection; clicking them caused an access violation.

See also: AceText 3.1.3 release notes

AceText 3.1.2 – 17 May 2013

Improvements:

  • AceEdit now works more reliably with applications such as Firefox by giving them more time to copy the selected text to the clipboard.
  • Forum: HTTP proxy server support extended with more authentication methods.
  • Forum: SOCKS proxy server support.

Bug fixes:

  • Clipboard: Replace All ignored the Regular Expression search option, searching for the regex as if it were plain text.
  • Delete Blank Lines and Consolidate Blank lines items were missing from the menu under the Reformat Text button on the toolbar; they were present in the menu under the Format item in the main menu.
  • Delete key should delete clips when the list of clips in the ClipHistory has keyboard focus, just as it does when the clip tree in other collections has keyboard focus.
  • Keyboard: Ctrl+Y key combinations were changed in AceText 3, but the help file was not updated to reflect this. Ctrl+Y = redo, Ctrl+Alt+Y = delete line, and Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Y = duplicate line.
  • Search: Loop Automatically and All Clips in All Collections search options did not work together correctly.

See also: AceText 3.1.2 release notes

AceText 3.1.1 – 18 October 2012

Improvement:

  • 64-bit: Indicate x86, x64, or WOW64 in the About box to indicate whether you're running the 32-bit version on 32-bit Windows, the 64-bit version on 64-bit Windows, or the 32-bit version on 64-bit Windows.

Bug fixes:

  • AceText 3.1.0 failed to send Copy and Paste commands to applications that were not configured in the Applications or Windows preferences if the active keyboard layout includes the AltGr key.
  • Clipboard: Switching to the Clipboard tag triggered an access violation if the Search box was not blank (3.1.0 only).
  • Collection|Set Password should be disabled if the collection is read-only.
  • Preferences|Files: Turning on "open collections in read-only mode" made it impossible to turn off read-only mode, making all collections permanently read-only until this option was turned off (3.1.0 only).
  • Uninstall: The uninstaller is placed into AceText's folder instead of the Windows folder starting with AceText 3.1.0. Upgrading from a previous version of AceText to AceText 3.1.0 deleted the uninstaller from the Windows folder, even when other applications still need it. The installer for AceText 3.1.1 will only do so if no other applications still need it. To uninstall other applications, copy the uninstaller from AceText's folder into the Windows folder.

See also: AceText 3.1.1 release notes

AceText 2.3.1 – 18 October 2012

Bug fixes:

  • AceText 2.3.0 failed to send Copy and Paste commands to applications that were not configured in the Applications or Windows preferences if the active keyboard layout includes the AltGr key.
  • Uninstall: The installer for AceText 2.3.0 places the uninstaller in AceText's folder instead of the Windows folder. Upgrading from a previous version of AceText to AceText 2.3.0 deleted the uninstaller from the Windows folder, even when other applications still need it. The installer for AceText 2.3.1 will only do so if no other applications still need it. To uninstall other applications, copy the uninstaller from AceText's folder into the Windows folder.

See also: AceText 2.3.1 release notes

AceText 3.1.0 – 8 October 2012

Improvements:

  • AceText now uses a completely new method to simulate keystrokes and copy/paste commands when sending clips to other applications. The new method is 100% reliable with all applications. Keystrokes are sent immediately rather than after you've released any modifier keys. If you keep a modifier key depressed (e.g. when using Ctrl+Enter or the AcePaste hotkey to send a clip), you'll have to release and repress it for it to take effect again.
  • Collection|Save As can now save collections that are locked with a password without having to unlock them first.
  • Forum: The button to delete messages is now labeled Cancel for messages that are being edited, to make it more obvious that this button deletes the edited message, but leaves the original message in place.
  • Preferences|Hotkeys: The default hotkeys have changed, because Windows 8 reserves nearly all Windows+letter key combinations for the operating system.
  • Preferences|Operation: Extracting the page title from the HTML on the clipboard and using it as the clip's label when HTML is copied to the clipboard by a web browser and captured into the ClipHistory is now optional; if on, the HTML title is only used when the HTML includes a source URL.
  • Windows 8: Do not use a custom color gradient for the toolbar, to better fit with the flat style of Windows 8.
  • Windows 8: Uninstall shortcut is no longer pinned to the start screen by the installer (but it won't unpin any shortcuts that were previously pinned).

Bug fixes:

  • Collection|Lock Collection: Locking a collection that has unsaved changes when the option to automatically save collections is off causes AceText to fail to save the collection when you say Yes to the prompt to save when shutting down AceText.
  • Forum: Search box did not work.
  • Installer: License key was not installed when installing AceText 3.0.x silently.
  • Preferences|Appearance: Editor controls were blank or black when the text layout was monospaced.
  • Preferences|Appearance: The "Text" color was not actually applied to editor, resulting in black text on top of whichever background color you specified.
  • Preferences|Windows: Windows were not identified by their class names by the 64-bit edition of AceText causing AcePaste etc. to use the default settings instead of the settings for the target window.
  • Search-and-replace commands should be disabled for read-only collections.
  • Text|Save Text did not use the encoding chosen in the dialog box (3.0.x only).

See also: AceText 3.1.0 release notes

AceText 2.3.0 – 8 October 2012

Improvements:

  • AceText now uses a completely new method to simulate keystrokes and copy/paste commands when sending clips to other applications. The new method is 100% reliable with all applications. Keystrokes are sent immediately rather than after you've released any modifier keys. If you keep a modifier key depressed (e.g. when using Ctrl+Enter or the AcePaste hotkey to send a clip), you'll have to release and repress it for it to take effect again.
  • Installer will refuse to install AceText 2.3.0 on 64-bit Windows or on Windows 8 and instruct you to upgrade to AceText 3 (which is a free upgrade for everybody who purchased AceText 2).

See also: AceText 2.3.0 release notes

AceText 3.0.1 – 2 January 2012

Bug fixes:

  • Clipboard: When the Find First/Next/Previous commands find a search match, AceText did not scroll the contents of the Clipboard tab to put the search match in view.
  • Closing AceText with the X button did not remove AceText's taskbar button if a modal dialog box had been shown (3.0.0 only).
  • Forum: Links to AceText forum messages were not highlighted as such and were not handled by AceText when such a URL was invoked.
  • Help: Disabled context-sensitive help in the 64-bit version of AceText if Internet Explorer 9 is installed. IE 9 causes all 64-bit applications that use a .chm file for context-sensitive help to crash when a link in the help file is clicked.

See also: AceText 3.0.1 release notes

AceText 3.0.0 – 5 December 2011

New features:

  • ClipHistory: Archive cliphistory into a new .atc file, starting with a blank ClipHistory, optionally opening the archived collection.
  • Collection|Lock Collection: Lock a password-protected collection without closing it.
  • Editor: Ctrl+Left Shift and Ctrl+Right Shift toggle the direction of the text to left-to-right or right-to-left when a keyboard for a right-to-left language is installed (though not necessarily active).
  • Format|Consolidate Blank Lines: multiple blank lines are replaced by a single blank line.
  • Format|Delete Blank Lines.
  • Forum that can be accessed from within AceText via the Help menu.
  • Options|Right-to-Left: Toggle between left-to-right and right-to-left writing.
  • Preferences, Appearance: Color of the clip tree can now be configured.
  • Preferences, Appearance: Instead of selecting a font for text and binary clips, you can now select a complete text layout which includes font, reading order, cursor movement, cursor appearance, and character spacing.
  • Preferences, Hotkeys: Option for the hotkey to capture text on the clipboard to send a copy command to the active application first, so text can be captured in one go with Windows+C instead of Ctrl+C Windows+C.
  • Preferences, Hotkeys: Option to switch to ClipHistory when activating AcePaste.
    Should switch back to the previously active collection when AcePaste is done.
  • Preferences, Operation: Option for ClipHistory to capture new clips at the bottom instead of at the top.
  • Preferences, Operation: Option to automatically make all collections read-only when closing AceText (but keeping it active in the background).
  • Preferences, Operation: Option to automatically make all collections read-only when hiding the AceText Editor (i.e. using the Tower only).
  • Preferences, Operation: Option to automatically re-lock password-protected collections after the collection hasn't been accessed for a certain number of minutes.
  • Preferences, Operation: Option to automatically try to get read-write access when activating a read-only collection.
  • Preferences, Operation: Option to open the file in its default application when double-clicking a clip that consists of nothing but a file name.
  • Preferences, Tabs: Configure the tabs like in EditPad, with options to put the tabs at the top or bottom, to show an X button, for Ctrl+Tab order, and the tab colors.
  • URLs: Open URL in Browser command in the AceText Tower context menu for opening the URL associated with a "web snippet" clip.

Improvements:

  • Auto save now paces itself to try and do most saving while AceText is idle in the background so AceText doesn't become unresponsive too often when working with multiple large collections.
  • ClipHistory: When a file or list of files is copied to the clipboard in Windows Explorer, add the list of files as a clip to the ClipHistory.
  • ClipHistory: When HTML is copied to the clipboard by a web browser and the text is captured into a clip in AceText's ClipHistory, extract the page title from the HTML on the clipboard and use it as the clip's label.
  • Escape key should focus the previously active application when not using AcePaste or AceType.
  • Flash the AceText icon next to the system clock whenever AceText copies something to the clipboard.
  • Installer: Create portable installation without admin rights.
  • Search: Highlighting search matches no longer disables live spelling.
  • Search: When searching through all clips, folder labels are now searched through as well so folders can be found.
  • Shut Down AceText item is now at the bottom of the right-click menu of AceText's icon next to the system clock for consistency with other Windows applications.
  • Tabs of modified collections are now shown in red when automatic save is disabled; locked collections are shown in yellow.
  • Unicode: Full Unicode application.
  • Vista & 7: AceText now scales itself instead of letting Windows handle the scaling when the font size in Windows has been increased by more than 125% (i.e. the display resolution is more than 120 DPI) resulting in a much crisper appearance of AceText.

See also: AceText 3.0.0 release notes

AceText 2.2.4 – 5 December 2011

This is the last release of AceText that is compatible with Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT4, and Windows 2000.

Bug fixes:

  • Printouts were sometimes missing lines across page boundaries depending on whether you chose to print headers and/or footers.
  • Right-clicking on collection tabs did not show the context menu specific to the tab but instead showed AceText's main context menu (2.2.3 only).
  • Searching backwards did not always work correctly.

AceText 2.2.3 – 14 July 2011

Bug fixes:

  • Occasionally keyboard keys would be virtually stuck after AceText sent a key combination to another application; e.g. after sending Ctrl+V to make another application paste, keys you pressed after that would occasionally be interpreted as if you were holding down Ctrl. This problem only occurred in version 2.2.2.
  • Switching from AceText to another application while downloading spell check dictionaries caused a harmless access violation error.

AceText 2.2.2 – 19 May 2011

Improvements:

  • Preferences, Applications/Windows: AceText can now send Unicode characters when simulating keystrokes on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 when the option to simulate the paste command is turned off and the target window is a Unicode window.
  • Pressing Ctrl+A when the list or tree of clips has keyboard focus now selects all clips in the list.

Bug fixes:

  • AceType: Pressing the AceType hotkey in EditPad Pro while the cursor pointed to a word in EditPad Pro and the Clipboard tab was active in AceText caused an access violation error in AceText.
  • Pasting directly into another application using the keyboard sometimes results in a letter v being typed into the other application rather than Ctrl+V being simulated to trigger the other application to paste.
  • Read-only collections could be modified via the All Collections tab and via EditPad Pro.
  • Shutting down Windows when both AceText and EditPad Pro are still running no longer fails. This fix requires EditPad Pro 6.7.1 or later.
  • Text: Pressing Ctrl+C while the clip tree had keyboard focus and a folder was selected caused an access violation.
  • Width of the clip tree was not restored when AceText was started minimized.

AceText 2.2.1 – 17 June 2010

Improvements:

  • AceText now waits for all modifier keys to be released before sending keystrokes to another application. This avoids problems like Ctrl+Enter being pressed to paste a clip and Ctrl being released while AceText is sending the Ctrl+V key to the target application, resulting in a V typed in the target application rather than a paste command being executed.
  • When an application rapidly and repeatedly copies and pastes text (e.g. when running a macro in a text editor that copies and pastes thousands of times) AceText no longer attempts to capture all that text into the ClipHistory. Because the Windows clipboard does not allow two applications to access it at the same time, the other application's copy/paste actions may fail if AceText attempts to access the clipboard during its copy/paste sequence.

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory: Auto Append would append multiple copies of text copied by applications that violate Microsoft's rules for the Windows clipboard by opening and closing the clipboard multiple times for a single copy operation (including Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft's own Excel).
  • If AceText remembered that a collection tab was previously active and the AceText Tower was not visible, then the collection would appear with a blank clip tree until you switched to another tab in AceText. This bug only occurred in version 2.2.0. Older versions did not remember the active tab.

AceText 2.2.0 – 21 May 2010

New features:

  • Preferences, Applications: Default clip collection to be used when activating AceText from a particular application.
  • Preferences, Windows: Allow AceText's behavior to be configured per window, with the ability to use regular expressions to identify windows. This allows different configurations for different parts or states of applications. It also allows 64-bit applications and applications running as administrator to be configured. Window configurations take precedence over application configurations.

Improvements:

  • AceText now remembers which tab was active when you shut down and restart AceText
  • Empty clips can now be copied and pasted.
  • Windows Vista & 7: Use AddClipboardFormatListener and WM_CLIPBOARDUPDATE for increased reliability of the ClipHistory.

Bug fixes:

  • Making a modified collection read-only caused it to be reloaded the next time you switched to it even if it hadn't been modified on disk.
  • The parameter history was duplicated whenever a read-only collection was reloaded.
  • Using AcePaste to paste a before and after clip replaced the selected text instead of surrounding the selected text if the target application was 64-bit or running as administrator.

AceText 2.1.8 – 5 March 2010

Improvements:

  • Double-clicking a URL to open it in a browser now cancels AcePaste, AceType, and AceEdit just like closing AceText's window or pressing Escape does.
  • Preferences, Applications: The process name labels now indicate that AceText cannot access a process name because it is running as administrator (and AceText is not) or it is a 64-bit process (which AceText is not) instead of going blank.
  • Search: Ctrl+F focuses the search box, or starts the search if it already has focus.
  • Spell check: Improved the default position of the spell check dialog when AceText is on the right hand monitor on a dual monitor system.
  • Windows Vista & 7: Vista-style open and save dialog boxes.

Bug fixes:

  • Clip, New: Pressing F4 while the AceText Editor is hidden now makes the editor visible instead of showing an error.
  • Collection, Open: AceText no longer keeps a lock on files that it fails to load (e.g. because the file is not a valid AceText collection file).
  • Deleting a clip should select the next clip instead of the first clip.
  • Moving multiple clips with Shift+Ctrl+Up/Down sometimes caused a harmless access violation.
  • Renaming a clip collection now properly renames the file instead of creating a copy under the new name.
  • Spell check: Switching to another application while AceText was showing its spell check dialog and then back to AceText caused the dialog to end up behind AceText's main window.

AceText 2.1.7 – 9 October 2009

Improvements:

  • Search: Pressing Enter when the search box has keyboard focus finds the next search match.
  • Word wrap: Allow text to be wrapped after any ideograph, even if there is no whitespace.

Bug fixes:

  • AceText's icon next to the system clock now reappears automatically when Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) crashes or is forcibly terminated and then restarted.
  • ClipHistory: AceText lost its ClipHistory if it was password-protected, and AceText was shut down without unlocking the ClipHistory.
  • ClipHistory: AceText sometimes caused applications that violate Microsoft's rules for the Windows clipboard by opening and closing the clipboard multiple times for a single copy operation (including Adobe Reader and Microsoft's own Excel) to show error messages about being unable to open or clear the clipboard.
  • Clip|Move Up: In an unsorted collection, moving a clip or folder upward when it is the first child in a folder did not make the clip a sibling of its parent folder as it should but placed it as the last child into the sibling folder of the parent folder.
  • Collection|Save triggered an Invalid Class Typecast error when the Clipboard or Recycle Bin tab was active.
  • Double-clicking file:// URLs did not always open the file.
  • Search: Incremental search using the search box on the AceText Tower either focused the AceText Editor after each keystroke, or caused an error if the AceText Editor wasn't visible.

AceText 2.1.6 – 27 March 2009

This release fixes one bug introduced in version 2.1.5. The Find First, Find Previous, and Find Next buttons triggered an access violation error when not using regular expressions. The error did not cause AceText to crash or malfunction, but did get annoying very quickly.

AceText 2.1.5 – 9 March 2009

New feature:

  • RSS reader: Ability to specify a proxy server.

Improvements:

  • Portable installation: The list of collections previously open should survive changing drive letters.
  • Preferences, Operation: Change the size limitation of text captured to the ClipHistory to a setting in kilobytes rather than in characters. The upper limit is now 32,767 KB (or 32 MB) rather than 32,767 characters.

Bug fixes:

  • Replace Current and Find Next button did not interpret special tokens in the replacement text in regular expression mode.
  • Spell check: Installing spell check dictionaries did not work on a portable installation running under Windows Vista if no spell check dictionaries were installed yet.

AceText 2.1.4 – 17 September 2008

Improvements:

  • AceType: If AceType automatically switched to the "all collections" tab, it should switch back to the previously active tab when done.
  • Drag and drop: When dragging clips or text into another application with the Shift key held down, the text or clips are now moved (i.e. deleted from AceText) rather than copied.
  • Drag and drop: When dropping files with the Alt key held down, insert the full path to the file into the clip rather than the file's contents.
  • Parameters: AceText now remembers the size and position of the parameters screen.

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory: AceText sometimes failed to capture text copied by applications that violate Microsoft's rules for the Windows clipboard by opening and closing the clipboard multiple times for a single copy operation (including Microsoft's own Excel).
  • Search: Matches in the URL of web snippets were not highlighted, causing the search to get stuck if you tried to do a "find next".
  • SequencePaste: When copying items to the clipboard in another application during SequencePaste, AceText would add the items to the sequence instead of starting with a new sequence if the items were copied right after the last item in the previous sequence was pasted.
  • Vista: If you typed in new text for a clip with the shift key held down, and that caused the clip's sorting position in the collection to change, an Access Violation error would occur.

AceText 2.1.3 – 23 January 2008

New features:

  • The parameter substitution screen that appears when pasting a clip with a parameter like %PARAM% now has a button to ignore all parameters, and paste the clip "as is".
  • Keyboard shortcuts F6, Shift+F6 and Ctrl+F6 for Find Next Clip, Find Previous Clip and Find First Clip.
  • Setup: Create Portable Installation directly from the self-extracting setup. The Install on Removable Drive menu item in the Help menu was renamed for consistency.

Improvements:

  • Activating an encrypted collection will now automatically give keyboard focus to the password field.
  • The menu bar will now automatically display itself without images when a screen reader is running, so the menu bar can be a standard menu rather than an owner-drawn menu. Owner-drawn menus don't work well with screen readers.

Bug fixes:

  • AceType: A needless beep sounded when pressing Enter to paste the clip after typing in the abbreviation.
  • Clip|Duplicate Clips and Clip|Move Clips no longer show read-only and locked collections as available destination collections.
  • Dragging and dropping a clip into a locked collection would silently overwrite the existing collection with the dropped clip. AceText will now refuse drops on locked collections.
  • If another application messed up the clipboard viewer chain in a particular way, AceText could crash with a stack overflow.
  • Toggling the visibility of the AceText Tower or Editor window would make it visible on the same monitor as the other window, instead of leaving it on the monitor where it was last time.
  • Using Collection|Save As on a locked collection (i.e. one asking for its password) caused an "access denied" error. AceText will now disable this menu item until the collection is unlocked.

AceText 2.1.2 – 9 October 2007

Improvements:

  • AceText will now check every minute whether it is still connected to the clipboard, and repair the connection if needed. AceText needs this connection to automatically grab text you copy to the clipboard into the Windows clipboard. Due to the Microsoft's poor design of the clipboard system, an application that misbehaves or crashes can break the clipboard connection of all other applications.
  • If the option to open collections as read only is turned on in the Operations section of the Preferences, then AceText will now automatically revert all open collections to read only mode when the PC goes into standby or hibernation.

Bug fixes:

  • Collections were not automatically reloaded when switching back to AceText from another application.
  • In rare circumstances, AceText would get stuck in a loop of access violation errors for no apparent reason.
  • Replace All: If the current collection did not contain any clips at all, and the option to search through all clips or all collections was off, a harmless access violation error would occur.

AceText 2.1.1 – 17 April 2007

Improvements:

  • The Enter key now pastes clips when the list or tree with clips has keyboard focus; Ctrl+Enter still works everywhere.
  • ClipHistory: Automatically reconnect to the clipboard after the computer resumes from suspension or hibernation.
  • Collection|Print should print the contents of the clipboard when the Clipboard tab is active, just like Text|Print Text does.

Bug fixes:

  • Calendar month and year were not readable when Windows is using the Windows Classic color scheme.
  • Print: AceText would hang when trying to print a very large collection.
  • Search: Find previous and replace previous now become disabled when regular expressions are enabled and the option to search through all clips is off. This makes it clear that regular expressions cannot search backwards.
  • Search: Pasting into the Search or Replace boxes did nothing.
  • Vista: Checkboxes and buttons in dialog boxes no longer disappear when you press the Alt key.

AceText 2.1.0 – 9 January 2007

Improvements:

  • Clip|Create Clip from Text File now sets the clip's date to the file's last modification date, rather than to the date file was added to the collection (i.e. now).
  • Drag-and-drop: Dragging text from a web browser into the clip tree (creating a new clip, as opposed to dropping it into the text of an existing clip) now creates a "web snippet" clip referencing the source URL. This only works if the browser provides the URL as part of the dragged selection. Internet Explorer 6 and FireFox 2 do so for http: URLs, but not for https: URLs.
  • Help|Install on Removable Drive: Option to force AceText to treat any drive as a removable drive. This allows AceText to be installed in a portable fashion on USB hard disks and other devices that report themselves as fixed disks.
  • Text|Save Text: Allow a character encoding to be chosen for the text file in the Save dialog, instead of always saving as UTF-16 Unicode.
  • The preview of the final clip in the screen for substituting parameters now applies word wrap.
  • Vista: Installing spell check dictionaries now works properly under Windows Vista with User Account Control enabled.

Bug fixes:

  • AceType: Pressing the AceType hotkey in another application did not reset the AceType function and bring AceText forward if the previous AceType operation was not completed.
  • Drag-and-drop: When dropping files dragged from another application into a clip, AceText always inserted the contents of the first file dropped during the current AceText session.
  • Pressing tab to indent a selection of multiple lines did not respect the tab size setting in the preferences.
  • Text|Limit Line Length no longer turns off word wrapping.
  • The "browse" button next to the URL for web snippets did not immediately become active when entering the URL.

AceText 2.0.4 – 2 November 2006

New feature:

  • Preferences, Files: Locking collections when closing AceText to the tray is now optional, and off by default

Bug fix:

  • Password-protected collections were not saved properly when closing AceText with a password-protected collection opened but still locked (i.e. with a red tab). This problem occurred in version 2.0.3 only.

AceText 2.0.3 – 25 October 2006

New feature:

  • TextPad Clip Library (*.tcl) files can now be imported. Select Collection|Open in the menu, and then select *.tcl in the file type drop-down list. The file must have a .tcl extension for AceText to interpret it as a TextPad file.

Improvements:

  • All password-protected collections except the ClipHistory are now locked when closing AceText (keeping it active in the system tray).
  • AcePaste can now paste before and after clips into non-AceText-aware applications even when no text is selected in the target application. AceText will wait one second for the application to copy the selection.

Bug fixes:

  • Auto append (ClipHistory): AceText would pop up a harmless but annoying access violation error message when an application copied something to the clipboard without a plain text alternative.
  • Changing the label of a clip (or the text of an unlabeled clip) while clips were being sorted and filtered caused an access violation.
  • Deleting a clip did not properly add the clip to the undo history, making it impossible to undo the deletion.
  • Pasting text when no clip was active caused an access violation error. Now, the Paste command will be disabled if there's no clip to paste it in.
  • Replace All command did a case sensitive search when that option was off, and vice versa.
  • Typing in a new regular expression while filtering caused the regex to be treated as literal text until the filteirng was turned off and then on again.
  • Word wrap: Turning off word wrap does not make a horizontal scroll bar appear in the edit box for the clip's text.

AceText 2.0.2 – 22 July 2006

Improvement:

  • Lock password-protected collections again when Windows goes into standby or hibernation

Bug fixes:

  • Collection|Delete Collection did not work unless the collection was opened in read only mode
  • Format|Limit Line Length did not work
  • Format|Reflow Paragraphs did not work
  • When using AcePaste or AceType to paste a clip with parameters into an AceText-aware application like EditPad Pro, AceText would prompt for the parameters but then paste the clip without substituting the parameters

AceText 2.0.1 – 26 June 2006

Improvement:

  • Install on Removable Drive: AceText now gives you the option to copy over the ClipHistory, and will always save the ClipHistory and Recycle Bin on the removable drive, regardless of what you set in the Files Preferences.

Bug fixes:

  • Collection|Print caused an access violation error.
  • If the Clipboard tab was active in AceText, and the Clip Collection pane had been used in EditPad Pro, EditPad Pro would show a "catastrophic failure" error message. The error was actually completely harmless.
  • Install on Removable Drive: While AceText properly copied over its settings to an .ini file on the removable device, it still used the registry when run from the removable device.
  • Share AceText Collections: The Settings button worked only once during each AceText session.

AceText 2.0.0 – 20 June 2006

New features:

  • All Collections: Ability to sort the clips in the All Collections tab.
  • All Collections: Ability to switch to the collection that contains the selected clip
  • Calendar: Button on the search toolbar to show a calendar below to the clip tree. Only clips with a date inside the date range selected on the calendar are shown.
  • Clip kind: Web snippet. Text with an associated URL. When copying text in Internet Explorer, the ClipHistory automatically grabs the URL from the clipboard
  • Collaboration across the LAN allowing one person to edit a collection with many people viewing it. AceText now keeps a lock on all .atc files it has open. If a second person opens the same file, the file is automatically opened in read only mode. The first person can right-click on the collection's tab to turn on read only mode, allowing somebody else to turn it off. Read only collections are automatically reloaded if changed on disk when switching tabs or re-activating AceText.
  • Date/time stamp on each clip
  • Empty Recycle Bin command to the Recycle Bin's tab's right-click menu
  • Feed reader: An AceText folder can now be set to retrieve its clips from an RSS or Atom feed. Supports RSS 0.9x, 1.0 and 2.0 as well as Atom 0.3 and 1.0
  • Feed writer: An AceText folder can now be set to write the clips it contains in into an RSS feed, and save the feed to file and/or upload it by FTP
  • Help|Install on Removable Drive
  • Menu bar exposing all of AceText's functionality
  • Password-protected collections (including ClipHistory and Recycle Bin). Right-click on a tab and choose Set Password to password-protect the collection. When opening a protected collection, AceText will not show any of its contents until the password has been entered. When opening the protected .atc file in a text or hex editor, it is recognizable as a password-protected AceText collection, but nothing further can be deducted.
  • Placeholders to be substituted when pasting a clip. E.g. entering %CUSTOMERNAME% in a clip will prompt you for the name of the customer when pasting. Also support auto-filled snippets like %CURDATE%, %CURTIME%, %CURDATETIME%, %CLIPDATE%, %CLIPTIME%, %CLIPDATETIME%, %CLIPBOARD%, %CLIPHISTORY1%, %CLIPHISTORY2%, %CLIPHISTORY3%, ... If a clip with its label set to %PARAM% exists in the same collection, then %PARAM% is automatically substituted with that clip's contents. If a clip contains only auto-filled snippets, the user is not prompted to provide values. Parameters ending in DATE, TIME, DATETIME, FILECONTENT and FILENAME show date/time and file selectors rather than a text box when AceText prompts for parameters.
  • Preferences, Appearance: Ability to change the font used by the clip tree.
  • Preferences, Apperance: Show the menu bar, the toolbars, or both.
  • Preferences, Applications: Allow specific applications to be ignored when keeping track of the last active application to send clips to
  • Preferences, Applications: ClipHistory can be set to ignore clips copied by certain applications, such as password managers
  • Preferences, Applications: Configure paste keystrokes for target applications (e.g. Shift+Insert or Alt+E, P instead of Ctrl+V). Default configuration for the windows command shell.
  • Preferences, Applications: Option to make Before & After clips work with non-acetext-aware applications by making the application copy the text to the clipboard first. For unconfigured applications, the default is to enable before+after support and to use Ctrl+C to make the application copy the selected text
  • Preferences, Cursors: The mouse pointer used for the editors to edit the clips is now fully configurable
  • Preferences, Files: Open collections in read-only mode
  • Preferences, HotKeys: AceEdit hotkey. Forces the active application to copy the text to the clipboard, activates the Clipboard tab in AceText, and pastes the edited text back into the application when AceText is closed.
  • Preferences, Hotkeys: Allow the Windows key on the keyboard to be used for the system-wide hotkeys. Key combinations including the Windows key are most unlikely to conflict with key combinations used in other applications
  • Preferences, Hotkeys: Option to always make the AceType hotkey work on all collections
  • Preferences, Operation: Focus Label box instead of Text box when adding a new clip
  • Preferences, Operation: Insert Clip From File: Use the full path, or only the file name, as the clip's label.
  • Preferences, Operation: Update the date/time stamp when a clip is edited
  • Preferences, Operation: When double-clicking or pressing Ctrl+Enter on a clip that consists solely of a URL, open the URL in a web browser.
  • Preferences: Tab size, and option to insert spaces instead of tab characters.
  • Print Text command in the Text menu for printing a single clip.
  • Print: Headers and footers with information about the collection or the clip being printed
  • Print: Turn on the "selection only" checkbox to print only the selected folders and clips
  • Reformat Text: Delete duplicate lines
  • Search: Regular expressions, search-and-replace, highlight matches, incremental search, etc.
  • Share clip collections
  • Sort folders: Specify a sort option (like parent, unsorted, caption, date) and direction (ascending, descending) for each folder, so folders can be sorted in a different way than the collection they're in
  • Split Clip: Split the clip into multiple clips along a particular delimiter or regex match, or extract regex matches from a clip
  • Unicode: AceText now stores snippets as Unicode, allowing it to capture text in any language
  • Unlimited undo and redo

Improvements:

  • AceType: When one clip has abbreviation "abc" and another "abcde", select the "abc" clip when "abc" is typed, even if "abcde" is above the "abc" clip in the collection
  • Clip Tree: * key on the numeric keypad now collapses the current node and all this children if the node and all its children are already expanded
  • Clip Tree: / key on the numeric keypad will expand all folders in the tree if one or more of them aren't expanded yet; if all folders are expanded, the / key will collapse them all
  • ClipHistory: Flash the tray icon whenever a clip was captured
  • ClipHistory: When copying part of a clip's text to the clipboard in AceText, the ClipHistory will no longer capture the copied text. Entire clips copied to the clipboard were already and still are ignored.
  • ClipHistory: When copying something to the clipboard in AceText, check if AceText is still connected to the clipboard, and automatically reconnect if not
  • Proxy server settings for downloading spell check dictionaries are now remembered between AceText sessions
  • SequencePaste: When copying text to the clipboard when SequencePaste is active in the ClipHistory, the newly copied items become the SequencePaste range. This allows you to keep SequencePaste active to easily copy multiple items from one application to another, without having to switch to AceText
  • Sort order is now maintained when dragging and dropping clips
  • Sort: Clip collections can now be sorted in reverse alphabetical order, by the AceType abbreviation, and by the clips' date/time stamps.
  • When switching between collections, keyboard focus should stay on the tower or clip tree if it was there already
  • XML-based file format with XML schema makes it easy to programatically read or write AceText collections

AceText 1.1.4 – 17 March 2006

Improvements:

  • Opening the ClipHistory or Recycle Bin files no longer opens those files into a new collection tab, but simply activates the built-in ClipHistory or Recycle Bin tab.
  • Spell checker: The button to download spell check dictionaries now also lists dictionaries that don't use the Western European code page.

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory: Ctrl+Click did not allow a selected clip to be deselected.
  • Preferences, Files: When selecting "never purge recycle bin", the next time the preferences screen is opened, none of the recycle bin options are selected.
  • Spell checker: With some spell check dictionaries, words enclosed with multiple quote characters like '''test''' were flagged as misspelled.

AceText 1.1.3 – 8 August 2005

Improvement:

  • AceText Tower: remember the height of the list of collections in the tower

Bug fixes:

  • Activating the AceText Editor via the toolbar or tray icon menu caused a harmless "invalid class typecast" error when the Recycle Bin tab is active.
  • Activating the AceText Editor via the toolbar or tray icon menu caused a harmless focus error when the ClipHistory tab is active, and the ClipHistory is empty.
  • All Collections: After closing all collections and emptying the ClipHistory, the last selected (but now gone) clip or folder remains selected in All Collections, causing Access Violation errors
  • Copying something in FireFox and certain other applications with the Clipboard tab active in AceText sometimes caused a "cannot open clipboard" error. (FireFox opens the clipboard multiple times in a single copy operation, which is against Microsoft's guidelines for the Windows clipboard.)
  • Dragging and dropping multiple clips between collections no longer concatenates all clips into a single clip when one or more of the clips contains a URL.
  • Typing in a new label for a clip sometimes incorrectly updated the clip and its folder in the clip tree when the option to sort clips alphabetically is on.

AceText 1.1.2 – 23 February 2005

Bug fix: SequencePaste caused an access violation if only one clip was selected (version 1.1.1 only).

AceText 1.1.1 – 11 February 2005

New features:

  • Preferences: Editor background color can now be configured.

Improvements:

  • Right-clicking on a clip in the tree now selects it before showing the context menu. This way you can quickly perform an action on a clip with the mouse.
  • SequencePaste: When a single folder is selected, SequencePaste will now cycle through the clips in that folder, rather than the whole collection.

Bug fixes:

  • Spell checker user word list is now properly synchronized between EditPad Pro and AceText when both are running at the same time.

AceText 1.1.0 – 17 November 2004

New features:

  • ClipHistory: If another application breaks the Windows clipboard chain, the ClipHistory stops working. Right-click on the ClipHistory tab and select "reconnect to the Windows clipboard" to restore AceText's connection with the Windows clipboard.
  • Word wrap toggle button. When working with clips containing source code snippets or other line-based data, you can now turn off word wrap.

Improvements:

  • Focus Clip Tree (Ctrl+F9) now focuses the AceText Tower when it is visible, even when the Clipboard tab is active and therefore the clip tree is invisible.
  • Width of the clip tree (when not using the AceText Tower) is now synchronized between the collections and saved when closing AceText.

Bug fixes:

  • Draging and dropping a clip from the ClipHistory into another collection keeps the text of that clip visible in the ClipHistory tab
  • Move Down (Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Down) did not work in the ClipHistory
  • Move Up skipped a folder when moving up an item that had two empty sibling folders above it.
  • Searching and filtering now search through the clip labels case insensitively, instead of case sensitively.
  • Tab key now inserts tabs into the clip, rather than activating the next control.

AceText 1.0.2 – 9 September 2004

New features:

  • Preferences, Operation: Option to make the hotkey for activating AceText hide AceText if the hotkey is pressed while AceText is already the active application.
  • Right-click menu for each tab with options to close, save, print, rename or delete the collection.

Bug fixes:

  • ClipHistory no longer loses its selection when switching tabs while the AceText Tower is visible.
  • Double-clicking a clip to paste it directly into an application and automatically hide AceText will no longer cause the clip to be moved when activating AceText again.
  • Live spell checking was not updated immediately after changing the language or adding a word to the word list.
  • Spell checker language selection does not persist after shutting down and restarting AceText.

AceText 1.0.1 – 16 August 2004

Last week's limited release of AceText went very smoothly. Version 1.0.1 brings a number of minor fixes and enhancements, making AceText ready for prime time.

AceText 1.0.0 – 9 August 2004

First limited public release of AceText.