Monday, September 03, 2007

Vista Issues

I was trying to license UltraEdit.  I have an older version - 7.20a.  I don't use it as much as I used to, but it's still a great way to quickly look at large text files.  In particular, it has a very helpful 'column mode' which comes in handy when you are using fixed-width data files.

It allows you to install a demo for X number of days, then when the demo expires, you need to enter your license info.

This works fine up until you try it on Vista.  You enter your info, then it tells you you have to close UltraEdit and start it again.  When you do that, nothing has changed.  It says the demo has expired.

The solution is relatively straightforward - you need to run UltraEdit as administrator while you type the license info.  But it took me a while to figure this out.

I mention this because it's been my first real gotcha with Vista.  I've been running 32 bit at work and 64 bit at home, with no problems. 

I suspect this has been corrected in newer versions of UltraEdit.  I definitely recommend UltraEdit if you're looking for something better than notepad!

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