Fass - Forum Assistant - BBCode editor and viewer
Website - Freeware
Here's an update. I've been using Fass in forums for nearly a year now. The author hasn't added any improvements to the program but it's already pretty darned good. Maybe with a little encouragement he'll add more features.
My search is over. For the last 3 or 4 months I've been looking for a standalone bbcode editor/viewer. I've always disliked being dependent on the online editors and I just knew someone else had the same idea. Here it finally is, and it's freeware to boot. You start the application and up pops a box that looks exactly like the posting editor area in a bbcode forum. There is no learning curve and you will now have instant preview capability. You can create posting templates and you can "brand" the editor for distribution on your forum. Save the current post as a draft and come back to it later or keep different versions of a post with a cut and paste into notepad to save it as text.
Quote from the website -
Post editor replicates the post editing environment in forums
Post generator automates the process of making specially formatted posts
Post preview shows your post as it will appear on forums
Configurable menus, skin colours and branding options for webmasters
Designed for use with Invision Power Board, compatible with most forum software
Windows 98, ME, NT4, 2000, or XP
300MHz processor and 64MB RAM minimum
1MB available hard disk space
Visual Basic 6 runtimes