Before you write this new pet project by Microsoft off as just another boring text editor, take a look at the download page and screenshots below because this is not your typical text editor. Borrowing heavily from the Microsoft Zune Software interface, Bend is a text editor, but with the looks of a modern day polished piece of software. I have to give credit to Paul Thurott’s Windows Weekly podcast and the listener who found this neat piece of software.
Taken straight from Microsoft’s Bend website:
“Bend is a modern text editor. Bend takes off after the Zune client, but doesn’t constrain itself to it.Find on page borrows from Apple Safari. Tabs are Google Chrome inspired. This text editor aims to be elegant, clean and a pleasure to work in. It exploits XAML / WPF to render beautiful hardware accelerated text, each feature is carefully selected to balance performance and style.”
The prerequisites for using Bend are to have: .NET Framework 4.0, Windows Installer 3.1 and Windows 7. Although, their website claims it will work on Vista and XP SP3 as well.
- Find on page
- Zoom Ctrl+Mouse wheel
- Syntax highlighting (Extensible and supports .asp/.boo/.bat/.coco/.cpp/.cs/.html/.java/.js/.php/.vb/.xml)
Here are a few screenshots taken from the Bend website:
I’m going to give Bend a complete work-through this weekend and write up a review once I’ve had a chance to really play with the software, but I figured this find was worth sharing for those looking to use a stylish text editor with unique features.
You can visit the Bend website here.