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software working with "plain text" documents (AKA "ASCII files").

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Tool to convert between different plain text formats

There are several types of plain text structuring / formatting syntax out there, for example: MarkDown MediaWiki XWiki HTML Is there a generic tool (easier / more appropriate than reg-ex) that helps ...
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Simple versioning for plain-text documents (Linux)

I would like to identify a simple, FOSS version control system for plain text documents. For more complex (academic) writing, I happily use LibreOffice. But increasingly I find it convenient to write ...
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Software to text-search a LARGE set of files (ebooks)

Looking for a Windows program (similar to "Everything") that can: Scan a very large (2-3TB, 10,000s or even 100,000s of files in 1,000s of folders) directory recursively For each "text" file, index ...
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Open source program to copy the contents of a Windows text file to the clipboard

Background I build a lot of text files in my $DAYJOB, which are then submitted to a review board in a very complicated Excel document. The contents of each text file must be pasted into a TextBox on ...
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Software to draw shapes in plain text file (ASCII/Unicode)

Sometimes I need to draw simple shapes into plain text documentation file. What application can do this? Last time I've used such an app under MS-DOS :) (It was called Flow or something like that.) ...
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Open Source speech-to-text software for audio files in English

I have hundreds of hours of audio files in English that I need to transcript to the same language. Do you know a speech-to-text software that I can use to do it automatically? Obviously, the ...
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Simple text editor for spreadsheet-style data entry

I enter a lot of data that will ultimately be saved as comma separated text files (.csv). I currently use Excel but often find that it auto-formats the data inappropriately and is basically overkill ...
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Advanced line breaking (with prefix, suffix and width) for comments in text editors on Linux?

Basically, I'd want to achieve some sort of automatic line breaking in a text editor on Linux; I'm pretty sure it exists, but I don't know how it's called. Let's say the facility allows you to specify ...
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Tabbed text editor that autosaves even new files

I often start new text files to paste something or write an idea or phone number. At any time, if my computer were to crash, I want all text to be safe, even text that I had just entered in a new (yet ...
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Diff text files and print the resultant comparison two-pane with differences highlighted

I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to: Take a diff between two given plain text files Display the diff on screen in a traditional two-pane format, with differences highlighted Print the diff, ...
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Tool to append all copied text to a file

What I'd want is a tool where, every time I copy something from anywhere, to append it to a text file, either within such tool, or to a custom file. I know there are several clipboard managers, which ...
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Windows plain text editor that allows to bold/italicize/indent

I write quite a bit in plain text files. A simple text editor, like Notepad, meets most of my needs when writing plain text files. But sometimes being able to bold or italicize a word is very useful....
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Which Windows IMAP client should I use for plain-text emailing?

At my job we have switched from Lotus Notes to Office 365, which is an improvement, but being used to Gmail I'm not perfectly happy using Outlook or the Outlook web app. I am looking for a Windows ...
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A simple note making application with human-readable/writable storage

I'm looking for a simple application for making notes. My requirements: Simple storage format. I mean it. I want to be able to browse and edit my notes using a text editor (like notepad or Emacs), ...
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Converter that converts EML files to plain text

I archived emails to a bunch of EML files, but the content isn't readable when such files are opened as plain text files. I wonder if there is a converter (must be free) that can bulk convert EML ...
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Software for writing stories

I'm looking for software on Windows, where I can write stories. So I can organize things easy. When I type something like #girl1 that I can later edit it to a name. And that I don't need to find ...
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Copy & paste texts omitting leading/trailing white spaces

Looking for utility/macro/plugin to paste texts from clipboard omitting leading/trailing white spaces. Couldn't find this feature in macros in PhraseExpress or utilities like PureText. Thanks.
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How to produce such webpage like https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2898

The IETF site has some nice properties: Links from the HTML version to the TXT and the PDF versions Links to sections, other documents Format for PDF, HTML and TXT nearly identical Page numbers, ...
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Generate Microsoft Word documents from plain text + style definition

I have to generate a Microsoft Word document (many, but all of them using the same template). I would like to generate it in the same way in which I generate PDF documents from LaTeX sources, i.e. ...
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Document workflow

I'm looking for a solution (consisting of one or more tools) which allows me to implement a personal document workflow to deliver documents of a professional nature with a minimal of repetitive work (...
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Text editor that takes more than 10 gb

I have Emeditor and it does what I want but when it has a file that has one or more gb, it slows down a little or doesn't do a lot. I wanted to know if there's a text-editor that has or does what ...
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Lightweight “USB stick runnable” JavaScript/plain text editor for Mac?

I need a very lightweight text editor that will do plain text and hopefully JavaScript syntax highlighting. The most important thing is that I can avoid any kind of installation, I'd like to run it ...
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Linux text editor for large text files

I'm looking for a simple and light weight text editor that is capable to open and edit text files from >=2GB quickly and is also capable to process find and replace operations in such files quickly. ...
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Typing software that turns text into a test/game

The KeyHero website lets you input text and test yourself on typing: https://www.keyhero.com/custom-typing-test/ I'm looking for something similar that turns the text more into a game like adds more ...
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Text processing app to delete duplicate lines in text file

I have a large text file with over 20,000 lines. The order of the lines is important. I want to remove all duplicate non-blank lines in the file, without disturbing the order. What windows software ...
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Text editor in which you can drag and drop text between tabs

I have a large text file that contains thousands of paragraphs that need to be manually sorted into different files. Just about every notepad program will let me cut and paste paragraphs into ...
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Software to remove formatting on the clipboard automatically

I'm looking for a tool that will remove formatting on my clipboard automatically as I paste text. I would like the application to meet these requirements, Compatible with Windows 10 Gratis Some ...
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Comparing two text files to see they contain all the same lines, though not necesserily in the same order

The situation I have is that I need check that a text file generated contains the same records as a comparison file. However the file records may not be in the same order, and don't need to be. I ...
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File undo history external to any text editor (similar to local history in an IDE)

I am after a tool that can provide me with incremental file history (for text-based source files). I use version control but would like more history. This history only needs to be temporary and span ...
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On Linux, is there a program to arrange text and images freely on a canvas for note taking purposes?

My typical use scenario is that I am researching a topic and want to save one or two images per article together with a text summary of that article. I wish to arrange these spatially by pasting ...
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crypto notes service

I'm looking for a online service similar to passpack.com but for notes, not for passwords. I want all the notes (plain text) has been encrypted on the server and decrypted on the client. The only ...
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Text file merging tool

I have several text files that have partially intersecting contents. I want to combine them in the manner to have all contents in one file, but have as little duplicates as possible. This tool not has ...
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Simple tool for drawing plots to be output as a table of numbers

I want a program for inputting a function defined by table of values in GUI. feedgnuplot can turn a set of text lines with numbers into a graph in one move. I want to do the reverse - turn a graph I ...
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Super-lightweight cloud based text editor

I have a rubbish old netbook that I use for writing when I'm out and about. It's of such limited specifications that I use notepad++ for this rather than a real word processor. Recently I lost some ...
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less-like pager with filter feature?

I'd like to have a pager program, similar to less, with the following added commands: Prompt for a regular expression and display only lines that match it; Prompt for a regular expression and remove ...
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Convert text to be written with symbols (lines, underlines for copyright in code files)

I found some time ago an online software which helps converting text in text written with symbols but I can't find it again. I need it for writting my company name in code files. Example: "MM PP" ...
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Video editor that works from plain-text files

I have used iMovie and Final Cut Pro for video projects. I find them easy to work with and intuitive to some degree. After I finish the project, I may want to change one word that appears multiple ...
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Is there a character-wise text difference tool?

I constantly need to compare couples of fixed-width text files which change on specific character positions. These files usually have a single line and a fixed number of bytes so most diff tools mark ...
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Software to delete lines in a text file

I'm looking for a windows software which can bulk delete lines in text files after a specific line. For example, a file contains 5 lines. I want to delete lines after the third line. see: Line 1 ...
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Looking for a keyboard with navigation keys (for navigating up/down/left/right multiple-line tex area widgets)

I'm using the default Samsung Keyboard on a Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo Android smartphone. When composing a Facebook (or other) message, the text often spans multiple lines. Whenever there are more than ...
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Gantt diagram generator from textual representation

I am looking for command line utility to generate Gantt diagram from textual representation in Graphviz way or in the way that Blockdiag does. I'm aware of Mermaid and NodeJS, and I know that Plantuml ...
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Opening several URLs at once

I am looking for a Microsoft Windows program that, given a text as input, can open in my default browser all URLs present in the text (i.e., one URL per tab). Any license or price is fine. For ...
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Write an article/web-document with mathematical formulas; Android/Windows

As I travel I sometimes like to jot down notes that maybe, one day will become an article or even a book. At least I can have that as a goal :) I wish to write simple body text, include images and ...
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Word processor that will create text files with embedded images, but store the images outside of the text

I've been using Microsoft Word for note-taking, and git for version control. The problem is that git can't diff the Microsoft Word files, so I'd like to switch to using a plaintext format. However, I ...
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GUI for searching the content of multiple large text files or PDFs?

I have a few dozen PDFs, each of which are very large. Specifically: These PDFs total to about 15GB. These PDFs are primarily scanned images of textual documents, but they do contain the text data (...
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FOSS SDI plain text editor with encoding indicator

looking for open-source SDI (single-document interface, i.e. no document tabs) plain text editor that has text encoding indicator/switcher in some prominent place in its UI, like on toolbar or status ...
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Getting marked up difference of two big normal texts (not source code)

How to get difference text of two ebooks converted to plain text? They are both the same book but different editions, so much of text is exactly the same to within hyphenation and punctuation changes. ...
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Convert PDF to text, preserving tables

What's the best software to convert a PDF file to text preserving its tables? The tables might be converted into __ or ---; doesn't matter but I want to preserve them.
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Gmail to .txt file

Is there a software or script that can download a set selection of emails to a single .txt file? If not, can it be downloaded to different .txt files and then concatenated? I'm looking to train a ML ...
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Recover a deleted text file

A longer text file was overwritten with a shorter one with the same name. I need to restore the previous longer version. The file system is NTFS. Almost nothing was neither written nor removed from ...