Last night I purchased a product to convert a ton of .xls files to .txt files. It mostly worked but even though I could change the delimiter from a comma to a tab, I still couldn’t save the files as .txt files. Kinda retarded but the developer who sells the product was quick to add the option. I was super impressed until I wasn’t able to convert about half my files due to a pointer operation error. The developer said he was able to convert them and left it at that. WTF?
Second on the list of complaints is the need for a decent omni-editor on WinDoze. I’ve used TextPad forever. It’s rock solid but pretty basic. How about some code folding or keyboard commands or something better than the less than useful workspaces?
I’ve tried and am currently in hate with e-text editor. It really really wants to be good but the lack of bookmarks, consistent bug regression (CTRL + SHIFT + T is supposed to open a “go to file” dialogue but closes the editor every other release), bundle wackiness and lack of bracket matching is dragging me down. On the plus side Textmate bundles do rock and some of the keyboard commands are very useful. I hope this thing gets more stable as time goes on.
I’ve even payed (well my firm did) for Komodo IDE but it spikes my CPU to nearly 100% every time I add a tab in my 18,850 line XML document or 2,400 line Perl script rendering it nearly useless for day to day use.
I’m seriously considering switching to VIM on the desktop. I’ve played with it a bit on my laptop and it seems good to excellent with a steep learning curve.
The best application I’ve used all day was donation ware called RenameMaster.
I can’t wait until my MacBook Pro gets here so I can have some salvation at the end of the day and use Textmate.