Quick Tips

TextPad® Text Editor From The NUCARS® Team

Most NUCARS® users know that frequent editing of text files is necessary to modify anything from system files to track files to input files. Some text editors can add extra control characters, or ghosts as we like to call them, and it can be very cumbersome to edit and change multiple files. TTCI has been using a program called TextPad® by Helios Software Solutions for the last few years and it has turned out to be a very useful and powerful text editor. It allows you to edit many files at once, even performing find-replace operations across many files at the same time. It also uses syntax sheets so that keywords, comments, and text show up in different colors making large text files much easier to read.

To find out more about TextPad® and to download TextPad® 4.7.3 click the logo below.
After you download and install TextPad® you can download a beta version of a NUCARS® syntax sheet.
Then to activate the syntax highlighting:
  1. Save the file to C:\Program Files\TextPad 4\Samples
  2. Open TextPad, click on Configure->New Document Class...
  3. Enter "NUCARS" as the new class name and select NEXT
  1. Enter all the files you want to be included in the new class
    • *.run, *.sys, *.dat, *.inp, *.wnt, *.wrm, *.frc, *.lst, etc
  1. Select NEXT

  2. Select "Enable syntax highlighting" check box and select NUCARS.syn from the syntax defenition file drop-down menu
  1. Select NEXT then FINISH


Slow or Non-Responsive Closure of NUCARS® Programs in Windows XP From Wil Lundberg

When a program hangs up and is not responsive, on earlier versions of Windows (2000, 98, NT, 95, etc) you could either Ctrl-Alt-Del and kill the program from the task manager or you could click on the X button at the top-right. You can still do this in XP, but with some programs, typically ones with high amounts of memory utilization (i.e. NUCARS, MultiVu, AutoCAD, etc) the killing process will take almost 100% of processor capability and can take several minutes. Typically after the process is killed, the computer as a whole tends to operate at a lesser degree of performance. The only way in the past that I found to fix this problem was to restart my computer. What is using all of the processor load is a program Microsoft has loaded onto your computer to generate error reports of programs that you have ended with Ctrl-Alt-Delete, Alt-F4 or the X button. Without getting into too much detail, memory maps and other diagnostic information are being prepared so that the user can send it to Microsoft so that they can fix the problem / send it to the vendor / etc.

To prevent all this from happening and to return the computer system to it's full capabilities, you can run the following from the command line from Start->Run

  • TASKKILL /F /IM (Executable Name)
So to kill NUCARS_2004A.exe, you would type in:
  • TASKKILL /F /IM NUCARS_2004A.exe.
Or you can use a filter if you don't know the whole name, such as:
and that will kill all processes which start with NUCARS.

If you have any questions on the above method, please do not hesitate to contact the NUCARS® help desk.