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Command Line Power, Windows Ease-of-Use

PromptPal is a command prompt replacement that provides Windows-style editing, command completion, command history, syntax help, a tabbed interface, and much more.

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What are people saying about PromptPal

Simon Craythorn This tool looks great. I have a command prompt open on my second monitor constantly and this tool looks like it would solve a lot my aggravations with the windows command prompt.

But I tried typing dir /p, which is a command I use a lot, and the entire directory scrolled up the screen. Now I know there is a scroll bar I can use, but is it possible to get dir /p (or dir | more) to stop as it scrolls?

Many thanks.
Nov 26 2007 at 11:49pm Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Simon,
The pause directive relies on direct access to the console window, but in PromptPal that doesn't exist. Instead, PromptPal redirects the command processor's output and displays in its own screen. Consequently, /P and more aren't going to work.

However, you can prevent PromptPal auto-scrolling vertically. Go File - Configure - Preferences, enable "Scroll Lock key prevents autoscroll" and use the Scroll Lock key to turn autoscroll on/off as required.

Hope this helps - and makes some kind of sense!
Technology Lighthouse - Nov 27 2007 at 12:05am Copy Link
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Simon Craythorn That helps, thanks.
Nov 27 2007 at 12:07am Copy Link
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Mike G As a dba/sys admin, I don't know how I survived all this time without PromptPal. I've tried a couple similar CMD prompt tools, but ended up loosing interest. After testing a few days I've already decided PrompPal will replace Windows CMD prompt for me in most cases. Auto-completion, dual pane, drag and drop paths from GUI, ... This is a great tool for admins, power users and maybe even novices just wanting to learn and have a helping hand when venturing into the command line.
Aug 1 2008 at 3:10am Copy Link
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Mitch K I have been a happy registered user of PromptPal for over a year and there is no reason not to buy this great piece of software. I use it every day. Say goodbye to the traditional CMD prompt! If you need to watch logs PromptPal is the answer since, it comes with a great "tail" feature.
Aug 6 2008 at 4:03am Copy Link
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Jonathan Keener I'm considering purchasing PromptPal, because I can think of a couple of good uses for it, however I have one question. Has a portable USB version of this app been considered by the developer. This is the kind of app that would save a ton of time if it were on a USB key and I could go to multiple computers and run it from there, and it remember my config from the key. I'm curious of the developer has considered this, and decided it's not possible, or if it is something that might be possible in the future?
Mar 24 2009 at 3:17am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Jon,

A portable (USB) version hasn't been ruled out, but we don't have any plans in the near future.

Regarding 64-bit compatibility, as things currently stand PromptPal will run in 64 bit, but obviously it operates as a 32-bit app, and the taskbar component isn't available (since Explorer is exclusively 64 bit). We did some work on a 64 bit version, however the 64 bit hasn't taken off enough as yet to make it worth our while to finish the conversion.
Technology Lighthouse - Mar 24 2009 at 7:21am Copy Link
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Genie au Travail No licence policy ?
Apr 15 2013 at 11:57pm Copy Link
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Mike B According to the product's website, http://www.promptpal.com/terms.shtml, the policy includes:

- licensed for a single computer
- free minor updates
- free major updates within 90 days of purchase
Apr 16 2013 at 12:19am Copy Link
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NC Buyer Bought this years ago and it was well worth it. Will purchase this again today!
Apr 16 2013 at 3:50am Copy Link
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Kimmo Lahtinen I downloaded the trial version and installed it to my Win8, but I am wondering two little things.

Up/Down arrows does not seem to do anything. This is very strange, but I did not find any settings for it.

I clicked a tab and selected "New Admin Tab" and it opened it to the PromptPal directory in C:, not the one I hoped.

Powershell window did not seemed to understand the powershell commands in the command completition. I know the PS can do it quite well, so this is not a big issue.
Apr 18 2013 at 1:26am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Kimmo,

The effect of the up/down arrow depends on the setting "Up/Down arrow keys navigate PromptPal cmd history" in File - Configure - Preferences. If that is set, then the arrow keys are intercepted and walk you through PromptPal's private (and persistent) command history, which will be empty if you haven't yet executed any commands. If you turn that setting off, then the arrow keys do whatever they would normally do in your chosen command shell.

Regarding directories, PromptPal always tries to open a tab in your chosen directory, but sometimes it isn't possible, e.g. if the directory no longer exists, is inaccessible because it belongs to a different user account, or if you've just made a typo in the directory path. In these cases, it defaults to its own directory. Remember that you can set a default directory in File - Configure - Startup, and you can also specify a directory for a new tab via File - New Tab Advanced.

Finally, it's true that so far we haven't covered the powershell specific commands in the command completion assistance. PPAL will still help with regular DOS-style commands, but not the new stuff. We hope to add command completion for syntactically more complex Powershell commands in due course, however if you have a command that you're always having to look up, you may be able to define it manually via Commands - Add Command Information.

Hope all that helps!
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 3:58am Copy Link
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judi bunner Does this include dos commands? True dos is not available from Windows 98 and up and I have been looking for a way to change file attributes. Thanks
Apr 18 2013 at 6:48am Copy Link
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NC Buyer I purchased v2 today. Got my license information. Why is my "name" a string of 11 characters with no meaning to me when my "name" for v1 was my actual name? I can not register the product with my actual name for this version.
Apr 18 2013 at 6:58am Copy Link
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David Morris @judi bunner: Not sure what you're referring to by lack of DOS commands in Windows. Almost all DOS commands were carried over into the standard Windows command shell. The attrib command is there and works exactly as it did in the DOS days to change file attributes, with additional support for Windows-specific things like symbolic links.

PromptPal is just a new UI around the standard shell, I don't believe it's going to be adding any new commands.
Apr 18 2013 at 7:33am Copy Link
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bvssunnydale No portable version?
Apr 18 2013 at 8:33am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @judi bunner: I'm not quite sure what you're looking for but as David said PromptPal gives you whatever the command processor(s) on your PC have. I'd have thought that the ATTRIB command would do what you need?
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 9:15am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @NC Buyer: The uncustomized name field is just a side effect of the payment processor we're using for this promotion; you've got a normal full license, and it's associated with your name and details at our end. Once you've entered the license details they're not shown anywhere in PromptPal except for the About screen, so it shouldn't be problem, any more than the string of chars in the license key?
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 9:23am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @bvssunnydale: We don't have a portable version at the moment, but that is definitely on the cards in the future. Workload permitting we'd like to make a portable version available to licensed customers within the year.
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 9:25am Copy Link
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Mark Johnson I'm doing a trial of PromptPal, just downloaded it a few minutes ago.
After running a few commands, I tried searching for some text within the prompt window.
Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it gives "The operation timed out before the buffer was filled."

I have closed PromptPal, reopened it, but still very frequently get this error. I have also noticed that when I search on text that appears in the window more than once it will never find the text more than once, then gives this error on each attempt at 'Find Next' after that.

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
Apr 18 2013 at 10:07am Copy Link
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NC Buyer Thanks Susan!
Apr 18 2013 at 10:53am Copy Link
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Trucker Why do I want to pay $14.70 for a similar function/program there is on the PC with the installed OS ?
Apr 18 2013 at 11:06am Copy Link
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Danny This software is from the time, it seems to me.
Apr 18 2013 at 11:34am Copy Link
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NC Buyer @Michael - have you downloaded the program and tested it out? Its nothing like the one that comes installed with the PC. The one feature that sold me is the ability to copy / past a directory after a CD command instead of going thru hoops to get it typed in. Then there are tabs. If you do even a little bit of batch script automating, the $14.70 will be realized in a matter of minutes just in time savings alone. I am not affiliated with this company at all. I've just used their product since about 2007.
Apr 18 2013 at 12:22pm Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @Mark Johnson: Sorry to hear that Mark. That error could be caused by a number of things, but mostly it suggests a breakdown in comms between PromptPal and the underlying shell - could you answer a few questions to help us troubleshoot?

- What antivirus suite are you using?
- Are the tabs otherwise responding normally and quickly?
- Have you taken any special steps to tighten security on your PC that wouldn't be present on a regular Windows install?
- Do you have a particularly large monitor and/or are you running with PromptPal maximized?
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 1:52pm Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @Michael S.: As NC Buyer said, PromptPal basically wraps the standard command shell, adding a lot of configurability and time-saving features that don't exist in the original. And it's not just the standard command shell that benefits; you can use PromptPal with the Powershell, and we also have a number of customers using it with Cygwin.

Whether you need this depends on how much you use command shells. Some people can live entirely within the Windows GUI, but for the rest of us, the command line is an unfortunate necessity.
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 18 2013 at 1:59pm Copy Link
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Trucker @NC Buyer - I have just installed the trail and you´re right about the different GUI, but there is not new commands or any commands that Windows7 dont have below the WinGUI, (DOS), so I just wish to know what Im paying fore... :)
I havent used the command shells more than a few times now and then since Win95, before that... a lot of my time was used with the DOS enviroment. Thanks for the answer !
Apr 18 2013 at 3:01pm Copy Link
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David Morris @Michael S. -- I'm guessing you don't see the benefit because as you say, you don't use the command shell much. Some of us live the in the command shell. Did you read the feature set? The standard Windows UI around the command shell is extremely limited. Products like PromptPal enhance the shell experience by adding things like tabs, drag & drop, command completion, improved copy/paste, etc. etc. For a mere $15 I would jump at this if I didn't already use another command-prompt enhancement tool with similar features that I'm happy with.
Apr 18 2013 at 3:46pm Copy Link
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Trucker Davis Morris - I don´t live in the command shell anymore as I wrote... But I do like to know why I should pay those money, because at the end of the day I don´t save much time by using an old UI like DOS. Windows have more to offer to me and is faster too when it come to using the RAM as an extra HDD.
But never mind I use the trail for now and see if there is anything that I can use, but I do doubt, because there is not any new or renewed commands in the command shell world...
Apr 18 2013 at 5:36pm Copy Link
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Stephen Warkentien More licensing questions. Can the software be moved to other computers? Is online activation required? If so does it take a hardware footprint?
Apr 18 2013 at 6:57pm Copy Link
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Kimmo Lahtinen Thank you for the reply I got earlier. I got back the "normal" up/down arrow behavior and I figured out an explanation for the problem. The command history stays empty, I wonder why.
Apr 18 2013 at 9:44pm Copy Link
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Silat David Morris which shell are you now using?
Apr 19 2013 at 12:21am Copy Link
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Lupke Brother @ bvssunnydale,

If you need a portable tool, you can compare another Bits deal here.
You can run this tool from a usb stick:
http://www.bitsdujour.com...e/powercmd
Apr 19 2013 at 1:02am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake @Stephen Warkentien: The license is not hardware-locked, so yes you can move it to another machine, just so long as you remove it from the old machine or purchase sufficient licenses to cover all the installations.

And yep, the deal is on for another day.
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 19 2013 at 2:25am Copy Link
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David Morris @Silat: I'm using Console. It's an open-source project hosted on SourceForge. Don't think it would be appropriate to link to here, but it's easy enough to find. Has a number of the same features, not all, but sufficient for my needs. If I weren't already satisfied with it though, I'd happily spend $15 for something like it.
Apr 19 2013 at 5:32am Copy Link
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Bertie Brummel I was interested to buy 2 copies. However, PayPal is not offered as payment method (though they offer it on the vendor's web site). Reason enough to pass the deal for me.
Apr 19 2013 at 1:25pm Copy Link
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Brian De Bragança No PayPal option to pay?

This is a deal breaker I'm afraid. I would have bought this, otherwise.
Apr 19 2013 at 10:20pm Copy Link
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SFuji I assume this program is not portable. Would be nice if I could have it on my flashdrive since at work I cannot install programs.
Oct 17 2013 at 5:23am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Stanley,

You're right, PromptPal is not portable in its current form, but we are considering making a portable version in the future.
Technology Lighthouse - Oct 17 2013 at 6:04am Copy Link
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Gr3gw Hi, I'm very interested in this program. I only use the Command Prompt window occasionally and I forget many things in between. This program will be a great help but I'm wondering if it also helps with debugging batch files? When I'm using Command Prompt it's usually because I'm building a batch file. I have a lot problems with my batch files, usually because I mis-use the special characters.

Does PromptPal have any features that would help debug batch files?
Oct 18 2013 at 4:05am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Gr3gw,

PromptPal doesn't have any features specifically for debugging, but it does have a resizable information pane (you can even float it out of PromptPal as a satellite window) that displays things like switch options and such for commands that it knows about. That should help you spot some errors when constructing your batch files.
Technology Lighthouse - Oct 18 2013 at 5:10am Copy Link
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Gde Swart I took a chance here and I'm glad I did. I've always wanted CMD's cut/copy/paste to behave the same as a Windows program. Overall PromptPal actually works better than I expected and should prove very helpful. The tabbed CMD windows and Open New Tab as Admin features are very nice and the auto-complete feature is slick. Based on my experience so far I'd say the regular price is pretty fair, but I always love to pay less, so thanks for the great deal!
Oct 18 2013 at 4:42pm Copy Link
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Gr3gw I'm going to take a chance too. Any assistance working with batch files is going to be most welcome.
Oct 18 2013 at 7:24pm Copy Link
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singularity I was trying this one and I am quite impressed except, the autocomplte list appears rather odd for me in a wide screen stretched box unlike the above screenshot. Running win 8.1 with all latest updates.
Check screenshot : http://i.imgur.com/FmOdSH9.jpg
Apr 28 2014 at 4:57am Copy Link
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Susan Westlake Hi Chris,

Yep we know about this and are hoping to address it with a minor update. Basically PromptPal is making space for the longest command line it has stored (longest one on the list), rather than expanding up to a certain maximum then truncating.
Technology Lighthouse - Apr 28 2014 at 5:02am Copy Link
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