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st: New package -textpad- on SSC

From   Roger Newson <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: New package -textpad- on SSC
Date   Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:43:11 +0000

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new package -textpad- is now available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do this.

The -textpad- package is described as below on my website. It allows the user to call TextPad from within Stata, as a user might want to do if using TextPad as an alternative to the Stata do-file editor. I would like to thank Nick Cox for suggesting this possibility, for text editors in general, in the notes on text editors for use with Stata at

The entry for TextPad there (by J. Scott Long) is a bit out of date, as new versions have continued to appear since since July 2003. I am currently using the very latest version (TextPad 5.4.1), supplied to me very kindly by their technical support team this morning. This new version has not yet appeared on the TextPad website, but probably soon will do.

I have found TextPad to be a good general solution to the general problem of working with Microsoft Windows. In particular, the user has the option of calling other programs (such as Stata, or shell scripts for running TeX) as "external tools" from within TextPad.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322
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package textpad from

      textpad: Call TextPad to edit a file

      textpad calls the TextPad text editor, if this editor is
      installed on the user's system.  The TextPad text editor is a
      powerful multi-purpose text editor, available under Microsoft
      Windows operating environments.

      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 17november2010
      Stata-Version: 10

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