BBEdit for Mac

BBEdit for Mac

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

Version:
10.5.11
File Size:
12.49MB
Date Added:
June 06, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $49.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
144,882
Downloads Last Week:
69
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.4

    out of 146 votes

    • 5 star: 104
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 6
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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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