BBEdit for Mac

BBEdit for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 146 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    146,393
  • Date Added:
    November 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    11.17MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    146
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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BBEdit for Mac helps developers write code by providing them with a clean, distraction-free environment. This premium product, which comes with a 30-day trial, supports over two dozen programming languages and is particularly good for Web developers, since it can integrate with any available Web browser for quick previews and website prototyping.

Pros

Plain but powerful UI: BBEdit for Mac features a minimalist main window with a small toolbar and a status bar. In the rest of the window, you can write your code using features such as indentation, custom colors for functions and operators, code commenting, and even autocompletion, not only for syntaxes but also for regular dictionary words.

Markdown support: The built-in Markdown support is a nice addition, letting you enter formatting triggers in your text that convert to valid HTML.

Extensive language support: Speaking of HTML, the software supports many programming languages, including HTML, C++, Java, JavaScript, Objective-C, PHP, Python, Ruby, and SQL.

Cons

Paid software: There are many free alternatives for writing code on your Mac, and though they may not have as many features, they offer essentially the same functionality as this paid application.

Bottom Line

Looking for a lightweight yet feature-rich application for building websites and writing code? BBEdit for Mac is a great option. Thanks to features like clippings, scripting (recording a series of actions), and code folding, the app can save you time by removing most repetitive tasks in the development process.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BBEdit for Mac 10.5.11.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"excellence"

February 02, 2014  |  By socgranny

 |  Version: BBEdit 10.5.8

Pros

I haven't found anything is couldn't open.

Cons

Couldn't find nothing.

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4 stars

"Good (closer to 3.5 stars), but still needs some work"

December 21, 2011  |  By major-john

 |  Version: BBEdit 10.1

Pros

Very good with C++, but really could be improved as a HTML editor

Cons

1) No color palette for CSS that I could see. For CSS, it does present a single list of colors, but that is far-short of a color palette.

2) <!-- #bbinclude "name" --><!-- end bbinclude --> really needs some work in that the file "name" contents are always presented via the "Update" tool. If "name" is super big, I assure you that is super-annoying, big-time. PageSpinner's <!-- ps_include="name" --> doesn't show the contents of "name". Could not BBEdit simply add a preference to show or not show with the tool "Update"?

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5 stars

"great text editor with programming additions"

January 24, 2011  |  By cassiopeianld

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.6.3

Pros

allows for great text editing regardless of size, great tools

Cons

the usage of the programming languages isn't evident

Summary

great must have programmer editor

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2 stars

"Version 9.6.1 Buggy"

November 15, 2010  |  By Mackidockie

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.6.1

Pros

Love this product. Used it for years. Versatile. No gratuitous eye candy. It's for real coders. Tech Support is superb.

Cons

Had to go back to version 9.5.1. Version 9.6.1 is buggy. Crashes, sudden displays of unknown and unrequested characters.

Summary

Still the best on the market. A coder's true friend. History tells me that Bare Bones Software will correct all the current version's problems. Soon, I hope!

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5 stars

"this is one of the best html editors out there"

December 11, 2009  |  By yetanotherjay2010

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.3.1

Pros

I have been using BBEdit for years and it is just so easy to use to create html and to edit html. Nothing else comes close in my books.

Cons

None. it is just a good solid program.

Summary

You won't be disappointed. Wish it worked on PC.

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4 stars

"For text editing there is no product better than BBedit"

November 27, 2009  |  By thillson

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.3

Pros

You can open just about any file with BBedit, it will search and replace almost any character in the file. Great for any programmer who wants to format their code for easy editing. Has more options than you can imagine using.

Cons

It is a little over priced for a text editor, but they have a free product for people who do not want to pay for a text editor.

Summary

Great product well worth the money if you have a need for BBedit's features.

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2 stars

"Agree with TimGavin"

December 08, 2008  |  By grh-akl

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
What were they thinking? Or have I missed something? The new "Find" tool is totally unusable for me. No option for choosing multiple documents, for example. I, too, am reverting to v 8.

(But what does tim mean when he says "I'll continue to use 8 until Panic gets around to adding folding to Coda")

One star. Otherwise, v 8 continues to deserve five.

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4 stars

"Nice editor"

October 27, 2008  |  By Red Lavenia

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
It is a nice editor but for a huge price.

There are another good programs for a little price.
If you want a powerful tool than you are right here.

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5 stars

"Simply the best..."

October 25, 2008  |  By arcturus1

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
The following new features in Release 9 make a big difference in my work with html:
1. Projects
2. Auto-complete for html tags
3. Edit in search windows
For working with large web sites, nothing else comes close. This is a mature, powerful text editor.

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1 stars

"Still stuck in 68k land."

December 06, 2007  |  By krazytekn0

 |  Version: BBEdit 8.7.1

Pros

If you ever need to reverse the text order in a document this might be useful, but when have you ever needed to do that.

Cons

BBEdit is so stuck in the dark ages of programming that it's not even funny. It touts itself as a source-code editor, Apple Xcode works many orders of magnitude better and faster and comes free with Mac OS X, as well as a free download. The guy behind BBEdit seems to think that his version of TextEdit is worth as much as Apple's entire operating system. If you want to try it go ahead, the program hasn't been substantively changed in 7 or 8 years. The developer knows nothing about the current ways to do things in OS X and is a left over 68k mac guy that refuses to learn. DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.0.1
  • Fixed bug in which the credits text in the About box was editable (though by rights it should not have been).
  • Text smoothing for Monaco is no longer unconditionally suppressed. If you want to unconditionally disable text smoothing for a specific font, you can now accomplish this with an expert preference: defaults write com.barebones.bbedit DisableFontSmoothing_FONTNAME -bool YES where FONTNAME is the display name (in the font panel or Font Book) of the font for which you want to disable smoothing. For example: defaults write com.barebones.bbedit DisableFontSmoothing_Monaco -bool YES will disable font smoothing for Monaco. The Expert Preferences help has been updated accordingly.
  • Fixed crash which would occur when trying to apply a color scheme that had been converted from a legacy format.
  • Reworked some internals in the SGML/HTML parser to improve reliability and fix a reported (but non-reproducible) crash.
  • Made an additional change to reduce the transient memory requirements of the SGML/HTML parser, particularly on very large documents.
  • Fixed bug in which completions in language modules would include all predefined names, rather than just the ones which matched the partial entry.
  • Fixed bug in which "Balance" did not correctly shim through to "Balance Tags" for "PHP in HTML" and "Ruby in HTML" documents.
  • Corrected a problem with the in-app purchase mechanics which prevented placing orders from the license panel.
  • Increased the maximum allowed parenthesis nesting depth in the PHP function scanner.
  • Fixed bug in which the positions of the HTML markup palettes were not being correctly restored when starting the application.
  • Put a workaround in place for a cosmetic bug in which icon menu titles (Subversion, Clippings, and Scripts) were drawn incorrectly on OS X Yosemite when "Use dark menu bar and Dock" is turned on. However, due to a bug in the OS itself, the menu titles will continue to be drawn with the incorrect appearance. In other words, we were doing it wrong before, but now we're doing it right, but because of a bug in the OS, it still looks like we're doing it wrong. More background here.
  • Added ellipses to the "Preferences" and "Setup" menu commands, because some people just want to watch the world burn.
  • Turning off the Subversion menu now not only hides the Subversion button from the window sidebar, it also allows the sidebar to get narrower (by the amount of space taken up by the button).
  • In the language module API, kBBLMResolveIncludeFileMessage has been renamed to kBBLMCreateURLByResolvingIncludeFileMessage, so that it's clearer that your module needs to return a CFURLRef (or NSURL) with the expectation that it will be released.
  • Made a change to reduce the amount of time required to restore sleep state at startup.
  • The dialogs-for-scripts feature (documented here) now works as intended for #! scripts and Unix executables when you run them from the Scripts menu.
  • Fixed bug in which completion in Ruby and SQL source files didn't inspect the file's contents for eligible completions, as it should have done.
  • Added an expert preference to suppress separators in Unix script output: defaults write com.barebones.bbedit UseSeparatorsInUnixScriptOutput -bool NO
  • Fixed bug in which "Capitalize Sentences" would fail when applied to text containing blank lines or lines consisting entirely of whitespace and/or word-break characters.
  • Fixed bug in which the cache of known ctags files was not stored in cases where the application-specific folder in ~/Library/Caches/ didn't exist.
  • Although we can't stop the system from using giant icons in the Counterparts menu when it really wants to, we can still ask it nicely to not do that.
  • Fixed bug in which Spotlight-based tags file detection would inappropriately include things named "tags" that weren't actually files.
  • Fixed bug in which really old-format color schemes (predating BBEdit 9) were not converted correctly. In order to correct the symptom after updating, look in your BBEdit Application Support/Color Schemes/ folder for any files whose name ends in bbcolors. You will find a file with the same name, but with the bbColorScheme extension. Delete the bbColorScheme file and relaunch the application.
  • Fixed regression in which Control-underscore (ctl-_) didn't perform an Undo when "Emulate Emacs key bindings" was turned on.
  • Corrected missing colors for some Perl constructs.
  • Fixed bug in which the application did not correctly come to the foreground after completing a comparison started with the bbdiff command-line tool.
  • Fixed bug in which the Prefix/Suffix Lines would fail to remember settings that had been cleared to empty strings.
  • Fixed bug in which manually changing a single color setting while a color scheme was selected would not take effect. (Changes after the first one would work, though.)
  • Fixed crash which would occur when configuring a Prefix/Suffix text factory action and one of the fields was left blank.
  • Fixed bug in which Subversion working-copy dialogs didn't remember folders that were chosen while using those dialogs.
  • Updated the Expert Preferences help to include UseTabKeyAsCompletionTrigger.
  • Fixed bug in hex-color and number coloring in the CSS language module.
  • Fixed bug in which out-of-memory conditions in the HTML/XML function scanner (which also generates folds) weren't caught when they occurred (when opening giant files).
  • Fixed bug in which the PHP in HTML and Ruby in HTML language modules did not properly declare that certain runs were eligible for spell checking.
  • Made some improvements to the path shortening used in Differences results windows.
  • Fixed bug in which Grep patterns listed in the Setup window could not be reordered.
  • The Find Differences dialog box now correctly adds directories being compared to the Open Recent list, and fixes a bug in which previously used locations would sometimes be forgotten.
  • Right-clicking in a CSS/SCSS document no longer triggers an error alert if a parsing error occurs.
  • Fixed bug in which the sidebar width for project documents was not restored as it should have been when opening the project.
  • Fixed bug in which the sidebar in editing and project windows would grow and shrink when the window width changed.
  • Fixed bug in which certain constructs in C source files were not colored correctly if they followed a number without any intervening whitespace.
  • Fixed hang in Markdown scanner when a document started with blank line, a >, and a tab. (But only on new moons in August and October)
  • Fixed a bug in the syntax coloring of Markdown documents, where text would be colored as though it were PRE formatted, when in fact the indentation was not enough to trigger that formatting. Not that whitespace is significant, because we all know it's not. But we'll pretend.
  • Fixed a bug in which Markdown link text in list items was not colored as it should have been.
  • The default internal character classes now include word characters that lie outside of the normal US-ASCII range; among other things this allows text completion to work in documents where the language is other than "none".
  • Corrected appearance of status and navigation bar popup menu items on retina displays.
  • Fixed bug in which the "OK" button in the options for Process Lines Containing, Sort Lines, and Process Duplicate Lines text factory options was disabled when it shouldn't have been.
General
Publisher Bare Bones Software
Publisher web site http://www.barebones.com/
Release Date November 10, 2014
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 11.0.1
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.17MB
File Name BBEdit_11.0.1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,393
Downloads Last Week 146
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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