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BBEdit for Mac

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BBEdit is a popular, powerful HTML and text editor with a high-performance array of tools for editing, sorting, searching, transforming, and otherwise manipulating text. Anyone with modest text-editing needs should check out BBEdit's free sister app, TextWrangler, but BBEdit is still an excellent choice for software developers (especially Web developers), with potent hand-coding features across more than 20 programming languages.

On top of basics like code folding and syntax coloring, BBEdit has flexible, multilanguage code completion, nonmodal search and replace across multiple files (so you can keep multiple document and search windows open), a smart Scratchpad that automaintains its state and contents, multiplatform Web browser preview, and--as they say, but in this case it's particularly apt--much, much more. The most recent update adds a Sleep command, support for Growl and LassoScript, and improvements to expert preferences, MobileMe syncing, Terminal integration, FTP implementation, and more.

BBEdit has certainly attracted more competition over its many years--and you can find pieces of its functionality in a variety of cheaper apps--but this app remains popular for a reason, with its rich, robust feature set and tons of options for customization.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellence"

    February 2, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Agree with TimGavin"

    December 8, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Still stuck in 68k land."

    December 6, 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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