Notepad++ v8.6: 20th-Year Anniversary
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Notepad++ (November 23, 2003), when it launched its first version (v1.0) on SourceForge:
From v1.0 to the current v8.6, there have been 238 official releases (excluding some releases that were withdrawn due to critical bugs). I still recall that between the v1.x and the v2.0, I repeatedly signed up on various websites, so that I could spam the forums with “Notepad++ is awesome!” message. At the beginning of the project, it has been a one-man show from coding to web design to marketing to logo design to user interaction, which confirms that “Doing open source projects is like being stranded on a deserted island. The bad news is you have to do everything yourself. The good news is you have to do everything yourself.”
As the user base grew, so did Notepad++’s popularity, and I no longer needed to go to different forums and scream “Notepad++ is awesome!”. Meanwhile, the feature requests and bug reports also surged, and fortunately contributors started to join the Notepad++ project and help to enhance features and fix bugs. These contributors include coders, testers, translators from various countries, and power users who know Notepad++ functions better than I do (they exist, though they are rare :) ) who write and maintain Notepad++ User Manual, and also help to manage issues and answer the questions of regular users on the forum - thanks to these contributors’ dedication to the project, the Notepad++ community has emerged.
On this occasion of Notepad++’s 20th birthday, I want to express my gratitude to all the contributors: without you, Notepad++ wouldn’t be what it is today.
Multi-edit is the main feature of this version. Here is a small demo to show what Notepad++ v8.6 is capable (See Multi-Edit How-to to learn how to do it):
Another frequently demanded feature which has been implemented in this version is to remember inaccessible files across the sessions, by using empty & read-only documents as placeholders. To enable the feature, check Remember inaccessible files from past session option in Backup section of the Preferences dialog.
Regression and critical bug report here:
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