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(A history of metapad in reverse chronological order)

March 26, 2011: Posted beta 5 which contains a minor refresh to the toolbar. See the change list.

March 12, 2011: Posted beta 4 for Metapad 3.6 which fixes a couple bugs. See the change list.

March 9, 2011: The third beta for Metapad 3.6 adds a simple but powerful new feature. See the change list.

February 26, 2011: A second beta is out for Metapad 3.6. Here's the list of changes.

December 23, 2010: Just in time for the holidays and after many years, I am happy to announce a new version of Metapad: 3.6. It's currently a beta release so there may still be an issue or two. Find out more details on this Metapad 3.6 post on my blog.

metapad 10 years old March 20, 2009: The metapad has turned 10 years old today! To celebrate, I've finally released the source code. I've also written a new post about metapad on my personal blog.

November 22, 2008:  Website cleanup time.

November 27, 2005:  I've decided to release a minor new version that fixes the benign but annoying "Can't open clipboard" random message bug. Grab it here if you've ever experienced that problem.

July 6, 2003:  I've given the entire site a facelift. Looks better, no?

November 19, 2002:  Not only is metapad 3.5 the most stable version yet, thanks to the hard work of the translators it's available in more than 25 different languages! Thanks also go out to the many folks who sent nice comments (and the few who sent not-so-nice ones too, ya punks). Although I doubt I'll be adding many more features I would like to release the source code at some point. Stay tuned!


May 17, 2002:  metapad 3.5 is now gold. Grab it here and if you'd like a different language for the user interface check here. (The changes from 3.5 RC2 are minimal.)

April 1, 2002:  flo has updated metapath, a handy explorer like addon for metapad, to version 2.0

February 11, 2002:  metapad 3.5 Release Candidate 2 is now available.

January 14, 2002:  metapad 3.5 Release Candidate 1 is on the download page. I have also made some updates to the FAQ.

December 9, 2001:  metapad 3.5 Beta 2 is available for download.

September 20, 2001:  The first beta of metapad 3.5 is now available! Download it here. And now metapad supports language translation plugins! Get them right here.

August 15, 2001:  The next version of metapad should soon be ready for a public beta release.

July 17, 2001:  I've started to work on the next release of metapad. Stay tuned here or join the mailing list for updates.


April 8, 2001:  metapad 3.0 has gone gold! Also, the FAQ has been updated to explain all of the settings.

March 27, 2001:  The annoying little copy bug has been fixed for the full version in RC3 here. (LE RC2 and RC3 are the same by the way.)

March 25, 2001:  metapad 3.0 RC2 is available. I have also moved from to which is my own domain. Big thanks to F.Sadaghiani at guesswork for hosting metapad for a while. Also be sure to check out metapath, the first plugin for metapad (use the secondary viewer) which acts as a file browser with some very cool features.

March 17, 2001:  Nearing final release I have changed the version to 3.0 Release Candidate 1 available here. In this release I have added some nifty new features.

February 17, 2001:  AFAIK, BETA 6 here will be the final beta.

January 23, 2001:  Be sure to check out BETA 5 now which includes several desired new features.

January 15, 2001:  Now version 2.2 BETA 4 is on the download page.

December 27, 2000:  I have added 2.2 BETA 3 on the download page.

December 8, 2000:  2.2 BETA 2 is now available on the download page with a new surprise feature.


December 4, 2000:  Okay.. here it is! Download metapad 2.2 BETA 1 now!

September 8, 2000:  I will soon start working on the next release of metapad. There are a few bugs to squash and some new features I'd like to add. Stay tuned...

August 7, 2000:  The metapad website has a new host thanks to F. Sadaghiani at And some new buttons.

July 10, 2000:  There are some new additions to the FAQ. Plus I've added a rockin' new set of user designed buttons. Check 'em out! (And if you're artistically adept then please feel free to send me a web button of your own design!) ZDNet Editor's Pick (5 Stars)

June 1, 2000:  ZDNet has upgraded metapad's rating to 5 stars! Read the new review here.

May 5, 2000:  metapad 2.0 (both LE and normal) have gone gold! Thanks to everyone who helped me locate da bugz! Also, the FAQ has been updated.

May 2, 2000:  Beta 3 is out which addresses a few minor issues (listed in an included text file). Please get it and let me know if there is anything wrong.

April 26, 2000:  I have released beta 2 which fixes a bunch of issues (which are listed in an included text file). Please grab it. A final version of 2.0 should be released in a bit.


April 1, 2000:  metapad 2.0 has been released as a public beta. Please download it and let me know if you find any problems. Check out the readme.txt to find out what is new! (NB: I won't be adding any further features to this release.) I've also updated the metaFAQ and I've put up a copy of 1.0 on the download page just for fun. Check it out.. it's rad!

February 8, 2000:  I've been working on 2.0 in my spare time (which is quite minimal as of late). Stay tuned.. it will be released!

November 8, 1999:  I have released 1.42 which fixes a few bugs (get this if you are having problems with loading files on a network). I have also set up a mailing list so you can be updated by me whenever a new version of metapad is released. Also.. metapad 2.0 is nearing completion and a beta version should be ready RSN!

September 24, 1999:  Get metapad 1.41 which fixes some minor bugs (like not seeing the status text if you have a weird font - now you can set the width in the advanced settings).

September 22, 1999:  metapad 1.4 is finally done! Got some great new features.. check out the readme.txt to see what exactly is new. Tell me what you think! I also made some major updates to the metaFAQ (including a TOC) so please check it out.

September 9, 1999:  I am working on metapad 1.4 and 2.0 simultaneously. Version 1.4 will be out quite soon. It will be very solid with many bugs fixed and some cool new features. Version 2.0 should have such things as multi undo/redo, hyperlinks and unlimited file sizes although it won't be around for a while yet.

August 26, 1999:  Aaron Hawley has created some snazzy metapad web buttons that you can stick on your own page to help support metapad! Check them out here.

August 19, 1999:  Another Update: I'm back home from school now but it's taken a bit longer to unwind from a tough term. I have started working on metapad and the next release will be ready... when it's ready ;).

June 30, 1999:  Update: I'm currently in school right now and will be starting to work on metapad again in August. See the notice on the top of the page to see what I have cooking for the next release! ZDNet Editor's Pick (4 Stars)

May 12, 1999:  Got a 4 star rating on ZDNet! Read the review here.

April 28, 1999:  Version 1.3 released with some great features. Grab it here.

April 8, 1999:  Version 1.2 released. Plenty of nice new features.

March 27, 1999:  Featured in the Lockergnome weekly edition!

March 26, 1999:  Updated metapad (again!) Version 1.1 adds WYSIWYG (optional) printing support. Also added more options (relating to printing and viewer launch).

March 25, 1999:  Updated metapad. Version 1.0b fixes an infinite loop dealing with Replace All.

March 24, 1999:  Updated metapad. Version 1.0a fixes a bug where the accelerator Ctrl+A wasn't working. Added the metaFAQ.

March 23, 1999:  Featured in the Lockergnome daily edition (an awesome e-zine)!!!

March 20, 1999:  Site goes up.

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