Archive for the ‘PrimalPad’ Category


SAPIEN Update service bulletin

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Alex Riedel
Recently we introduced a new SAPIEN software update tool, which makes it easier to directly download and install SAPIEN software updates. The tool also updates itself when there is a newer version of the update tool. Unfortunately on some machines that may have caused that process to get stuck, because the file may now be owned be an elevated admin and can no longer be overwritten without elevation. So if you have not seen any new updates to our software recently, you may have to launch the update tool manually with elevation. You only have to do this once, do…   More »

What’s new for PrimalPad 2015?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Alex Riedel
PrimalPad has been a favorite “keep on your flash drive” tool for many users. The 2015 version has seen some little cosmetic changes in the ribbon layout. We have moved some functionality like window management, SAPIEN Tools and check for updates to the “Tools” tab to make more room for user tools on the home tab. You may also notice that there are some additional options in the “View” panel for viewing whitespace characters and expanding or collapsing regions and code elements. The code folding support in general is much improved over previous versions, due to a new generation of…   More »

New SAPIEN Update tool integrated into all 2015 products

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 by Alex Riedel
With the release of the latest versions of the 2015 SAPIEN products we also integrated a new update tool. This new version will check for updates on all licensed and unexpired trial version of our products. It can download and install the updated versions without you going to your accounts page. If you need to roll out updates to multiple machines, you can use the “Download only” button to get the checked updates downloaded to your Windows downloads folder. You can then manually install the updates as needed. The new update tool also shows a brief synopsis of what…   More »

PrimalPad 2014: User tools are back

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Alex Riedel
With the 2012 release of the ever popular PrimalPad, our portable PowerShell and VBScript editor, we switched to the now almost ubiquitous ribbon user interface. One thing that disappeared because of that was the custom user tools menu. Mostly because, well, there was no menu to edit anymore. The “User-defined Tools” ribbon group is pre-filled with the Windows Registry Editor, the Control Panel and the Computer Management plug-in, just to not have an empty group stare back at you. Click on the launch button in the group to edit the tools to your desire. Launch button Tool edit dialog As…   More »

It’s Awards Time!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Ferdinand Rios
It's that time of the year. The grapes in Napa are ripening. The weather is changing. And the awards are coming! Windows IT Pro, SQLServer Pro and Dev Pro magazines are having their annual Community Choice awards and SAPIEN Products are nominated in several categories. We ask all of our loyal customers and friends to take a moment and vote for your favorite SAPIEN products online at the links and categories below: Windows IT Pro Magazine: Category 18. Best Mobile & Wireless Software - SAPIEN iPowerShell Pro   Category 21. Best Scripting Tool (Choose 1) - SAPIEN Technologies PowerShell Studio…   More »

PrimalPad 2012 gets script signing

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
We think that setting your execution policy to AllSigned or at least RemoteSigned in PowerShell is very important. Likewise, your security policy for VBScript, JScript and WSF file should also only allow signed scripts to be executed. PrimalScript and PowerShell Studio have always supported script signing and so does the new PowerShell Profile Editor. So we concluded that giving you PrimalPad without code signing abilities would be a bit of a double standard. The new PrimalPad 2012 build (2.1.28) supports script signing with any code signing certificate you may have in your personal store, a specific certificate or a PFX…   More »

PrimalPad gets a 2012 refresh

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
Our “no installation required” PowerShell, VBScript and JScript editor got a 2012 face lift. Now sporting the becoming more commonplace ribbon interface, the new 2012 version is available for download from in the “Community Tools” folder Available in 32 and 64 bit it joins the previous version rather than replacing it. So if you like the previous style with menus and toolbars better, we still have it for you.…   More »

Docking windows and tabbed views

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
All SAPIEN Software has docking panels of some kind or another. Combine a multi-tabbed environment like PrimalScript with docked multi-tabbed panels and it can get a bit overwhelming if you dragged your output windows somewhere by accident and can't get it back to where you think it should be. Let's look at the overall layout of PrimalScript:   As soon as you start dragging a panel group or a panel the docking guides appear as shown above.You can drag an entire group of tabbed panels by grabbing the active panel by its caption as shown above. If you only want…   More »

PrimalPad gets a 2011 upgrade

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 by Alex Riedel
PrimalPad gets upgraded with code folding, new languages and the ability to run scripts. With this new 2011 version of the ever popular Notepad replacement you get support for code folding in VBScript, JScript and PowerShell. Because some of you asked nicely, we also added SQL and Python to the languages supported by PrimalPad's syntax coloring. Last but not least, you can now run your script files from within PrimalPad. While it doesn't have PrimalScript's output capture abilities, it still works pretty well for some quick hit and run scripting. The tools menu is where you make it all happen.…   More »

Which font do you use for programming?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Alex Riedel
SAPIEN code editors usually default to "Courier New" when you install them first. The reason for that is simple: It's installed on virtually every Windows system since Windows 98. Once in a while we get a wave of emails asking us to change that default to whatever the author prefers. Here is a brief, albeit incomplete, look at what has been suggested over time. Please note that some of these fonts are only available with a specific license or must be purchased separately. All images are 450 x 170 with a 10 point font setting.   Courier New (Default)  …   More »