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As a geek I always find myself firing up Notepad because of how fast it is, plus it’s nice not being flooded with toolbar buttons. A free utility called Nocs will cater to those that feel the same way about Notepad, but also want some sort of synchronization with Google Docs. One particularly nice feature is that you can have documents auto-save in the background so that you should be able to recover most of your data even if your computer crashes.

Nocs also sports multiple tabs and can handle advanced searches using regular expressions. Here’s a better breakdown of some of the features:

  • Full synchronization with multiple documents open at the same time (tabs).
  • Auto-save files up to every 5 seconds.
  • Supports folder organization (create/delete/rename), and you can specify a default folder to save to.
  • Pin documents to have them auto-loaded when Nocs starts
  • You can sort documents by title or by time updated.
  • Regular expression search/replace.
  • Tip: You can close tabs with by clicking the mouse wheel

I’d say that Nocs isn’t anything fancy, and isn’t much more advanced than Notepad itself. So if you’re not a fan of Notepad you probably won’t use this very much, but if you’re a fan of the plaintext files then Nocs might be right up your alley.

Nocs Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)
Note: I had problems installing this on Windows 7 because it said I didn’t have .NET 4.0 installed, but I did. It turns out you need the full thing installed, which is not what their installer links to in their prompt to get .NET Framework 4.0.