It’s hard to imagine a piece of software which borrows application goodness from Microsoft, Apple, and Google. No, I’m not talking about the computing ecosystem at “Shangri-La”, but a ‘modern’ text editor – Bend – which is probably the first Windows application that features the now popular Metro UI. The UI and typography has as yet been adopted across several product groups at Microsoft including Windows Media Center, Zune, Xbox, and the upcoming Windows Phone 7.
Bend borrows the user interface from Zune client, Find on page from Safari, and tabs from Chrome. These picks and XAML/WPF richness adds up together to come across as a very neat and useful application. Using the hardware acceleration with WPF, the text presentation is very elegant, without any CPU overheads.
Syntax highlighting (Extensible and supports .asp/.boo/.bat/.coco/.cpp/.cs/.html/.java/.js/.php/.vb/.xml)
Find on page (A find page that dims the entire page to make the highlighted text stand out)
Zoom Ctrl + Mouse wheel
Windows Explorer right-click association
File change monitoring
Bend is still work in progress, and is open-source. You can expect few surprises and bugs during your usage.
Check it out at its Homepage!
Bend works on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP SP3, with the basic requirement of .NET Framework 4.0.
Abhishek Baxi writes on the Windows ecosystem and hosts an online show - Microsoft Talk (MSTalk.in) and owns the Windows Phone portal - I Love Windows Phone (ilovewindowsphone.in). He lives at www.baxiabhishek.info and talks incessantly on Twitter.