ZuluPad Help

ZuluPad is designed to be easy for anyone to use. If you're at home with web browsers (Firefox, Safari, IE, etc.) and text editors (Notepad, TextEdit, etc.), then you shouldn't have any problems with ZuluPad. The first thing you should do after downloading ZuluPad is to copy it to the directory of your choice, probably your "Program Files" directory on Windows, or "/Applications" on OS X. Once you've done that, run ZuluPad by double-clicking the icon, and you will see the default Index page, which says "Welcome to ZuluPad 0.2". Feel free to delete this text, and start typing.

Creating a Link

The feature that sets ZuluPad apart from the average text editor is that you can create links between pages, just like the links that are created between web sites online. Creating a link is easy. When you've typed a word that you would like to make into a link, just highlight that word, and click the "link" button in the toolbar, or press Ctrl-L on your keyboard (Cmd-L on OS X). You'll be taken to a new page, and now every time you type that word, on any other page in your ZuluPad document, you'll be presented with a link to this page.

Navigating in ZuluPad

Navigation in ZuluPad is a bit like navigating in a web browser. To follow a link, all you have to do is click on it. If you'd like to go back to the page you were just on, press the "Back" button in the toolbar. On the toolbar, you'll also find a dropdown list of the pages that are contained in your document. You can use this list to navigate between pages without having to look for a page that links to a specific page. Also, if you know the name of the page that you'd like to go to, you can always click on the "Page" menu, and select "Go To Page". This will allow you to type in the name of the page that you want to go to.

Documents and Pages

It's important to understand the difference between a "document" and a "page". A document is a group of pages that are all saved as one .zulu file. Creating a new document will allow you to start fresh, without having any pages on file. Creating a new page will allow you to add a new page to the current document.

Removing a Page

If you'd like to remove a page so that other pages will no longer link to it, all you have to do is to go to that page, and click the delete button in the toolbar.


You can set a number of preferences by clicking on the "File" menu, and selecting "Preferences". These preferences are:

  • Use System Tray: This feature is only available in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will create a ZuluPad icon in the system tray (the space in Windows with all the little icons, over by the clock). Minimizing ZuluPad will then minimize to the system tray, rather than the Windows taskbar. If you are using OS X, and would like ZuluPad to appear in your system dock, just drag the ZuluPad icon from your /Applications folder onto the dock.

  • Always on Top: This feature is only available in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will cause ZuluPad to always be displayed on top of other programs for as long as it is open.

  • AutoSave on Close: Use this feature to determine whether ZuluPad should ask you before saving when you close the application, or simply save without bothering to prompt you.

  • Hyperlink URLs: This option will tell ZuluPad to hyperlink all Web links (URLs). If you choose this option, ZuluPad will automatically hyperlink any string of text beginning with http://, https://, or ftp://, and clicking on the link will open the link in your default web browser. Additionally, file:/// links will link to files on your hard drive(s).

  • AutoSave on Minimize: This feature is only available in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will cause ZuluPad to save every time you minimize the application.

  • Start Minimized: This feature is only available in Windows. Selecting "Yes" will cause ZuluPad to start minimized. This would really only be useful if you want ZuluPad to automatically start in your system tray whenever you restart Windows.

ZuluSync Online

Note: You will have to have ZuluPad version 0.3 or greater in order to use ZuluSync Online.

ZuluSync Online is an easy way of keeping your ZuluPad documents in sync among any number of different computers without having to transfer any files. Once you've synced a ZuluPad document, you will also be able to view that document via a web interface on the gersic.com server. This way, as long as you're on a computer connected to the Internet, you'll never be without your ZuluPad data. Your documents will only be viewable to you, and are secured with a username and password of your choosing.

To get started with ZuluSync Online, you'll need to register a username and password for yourself with the registration form. Once you've done this, you're ready to begin. Open up ZuluPad, and select File -> ZuluSync Login. You'll be prompted to enter your username and password. Now, open the ZuluPad document that you would like to sync, and click the info button in the ZuluPad toolbar. You'll have to give your document a name here. This name will be used by the ZuluSync Online system to keep track of multiple documents. Now that you've named your document, send it to the server, by selecting File -> ZuluSync Send. To view your document online, login here. To download your document on another computer. Open up ZuluPad, click File -> ZuluSync Receive. You'll be prompted to choose the document that you want to receive, and it will then be downloaded.

ZuluSync Proxy Server

If you need to use a proxy server to access the internet (check your browser settings to determine this), you can configure ZuluPad to use that proxy. Go to File -> Internet Proxy Settings, check "Use a Proxy to Access the Internet", and fill in your information. If you don't need a username and password to access your proxy, just don't fill in those fields. A hostname and port are required.

Other Help

If you're still confused about something, please post a question in the forum, or check the FAQ.

Special Thanks

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