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BBEdit for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    148,774
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 14, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; $49.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    40
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

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 11.1.2
  • Updated the default worksheet stationery to remove anachronisms and account for current features and behaviors.
  • Fixed bug in which the CSS language module would scan beyond the bounds of a <style>..</style> pair in HTML documents, leading to unexpected effects.
  • If you use --create (or -c) with the command-line tool but don't specify any files, it will now report an appropriate error and then exit.
  • Fixed bug in which switching between a color scheme which used custom highlight colors (such as a "dark" scheme) and a scheme which did not would fail to adjust the highlight colors correctly.
  • Fixed bug in which "Process Duplicate Lines" on a selection within a document would not correctly include the last carriage return in the selection, leading to an extra line break inserted when replacing the selection with the processed text.
  • Fixed bug in which interactive or scripted "Process Duplicate Lines" operations would leak their results.
  • Git "Remove" operations now pass -r in order to resolve an error when removing directories.
  • Added override and final to the C++/Objective-C++ keyword lists.
  • Fixed bug in which choosing a remote file from the Recent popup under the sidebar in project or multi-document windows would have no effect.
  • Made a change to ensure that keyboard focus is on the text field in single-entry text and password dialogs.
  • Fixed bug in which "Print All" would succeed and then report a -1708 error.
  • Updated the scripting dictionary to include the new options for zap gremlins.
  • Fixed bug in which "Move to New Window" on the View menu was enabled when it shouldn't have been (and did nothing when selected).
  • Display of "rare" font ligatures is now off by default, even when font ligatures are enabled for a particular font. This may be turned on with an expert preference; complete details are in the Expert Preferences help.
  • Characters in the Unicode "CJK Symbols and Punctuation" range are now excluded from being used as break points when hard-wrapping text.
  • Fixed bug in which uncommenting a line with the insertion point at the beginning would cause the insertion point to migrate to the previous line.
  • Added home to the list of values for the a, link, and area elements in HTML5 in order to suppress a warning.
  • "Find in Reference" works again for Ruby. (ri stopped supporting --format=plain.)
  • Fixed bug in which top-level clippings were not listed as available options during text completion.
  • Fixed bug in which keyboard equivalent tooltips weren't displayed in the Find window for the option checkboxes.
  • Turned on the "async drag" attribute for our document windows, to improve compatibility with future OS releases.
  • Fixed (for future compatibility) a layout glitch in the FTP/SFTP connection sheet.
  • Fixed bug in which "Delete Line" would leave the last character on the line if applied to the last line in a document which did not end with a line break.
  • When the differences list has focus in a Differences window, commands on the View -> Text Display submenu will be enabled appropriately and the changes they make will apply to both of the displayed documents.
  • When generating markup for <textarea> using the Markup Builder panel, BBEdit no longer puts a blank line in between the tags.
  • Fixed bug in which dismissing the Markup Builder panel with a combo box up would leave a phantom combo box on the screen.
  • Corrected a misnaming in the built-in language information for Grep replace patterns.
  • Fixed a suspected bug in the innards of the Text Colors preferences UI, which might have led to some reported crashes.
  • Fixed a lurking horror in some of the code behind the Text Encodings preference pane UI.
  • Fixed bug in which an empty type specifier (<>) would confuse the Java function scanner.
  • Command-clicking on a delimited URL will now properly handle line breaks (and subsequent white space) that may occur in the middle of the URL.
  • Added a BBLMCommentLineDefault key to the built-in Make language module, so that Un/Comment works.
  • "Special" Fortran comment processing is now only done on files which are explicitly either the "Fortran" or "Fortran 77" languages. "Fortran 9x" files are treated as other languages using the standard line-comment processing.
  • Fixed bug in which "Hide Editor" on the View menu was enabled for non-project editing windows.
  • Fixed bug in which "Hide Editor" on the View menu would move the open documents in the project window to a new window in which the sidebar was invisible and couldn't be shown.
  • Fixed bug in which using the Windows palette to close untitled or unsaved documents did not prompt to save them in the appropriate fashion (consistent with using the "Close Document" command on the File menu).
  • Fixed bug in which opening a project which had been closed with the editor view collapsed would reopen it into an inconsistent state.
  • Fixed bug in which making edits at certain points in a very large CSS document would lead to incorrect recalculation of syntax coloring information, with resulting coloring mistakes until the document was closed and reopened.
  • Made a change to improve performance and reduce memory consumption while making automatic state snapshots; this generally shouldn't be noticeable unless you have a tremendous number (hundreds) of documents open.
  • Fixed bug in which attempting to comment (via insertion point placement) a single line in a language for which only block delimiters were available would end up doing nothing. (Examples of this would be HTML or CSS.)
  • Fixed crash which would occur when using "Save As" to save a file whose automatically generated default name was longer than 255 characters.
  • Fixed bug in which sub-line differences computation would take too much time and take too much memory, and crash on extremely large comparisons which would cause it to run out of memory.
  • File comparison for sub-line differences can now be cancelled, in cases where it takes long enough to matter.
  • Fixed a lurking memory leak which would occur after various text transformations and when computing sub-line differences.
  • Fixed a crash which would occur when deleting a large quantity of items from inside of a folder that's represented as an application menu (such as Scripts or Clippings).
  • Fixed bug in which Zip archives in a certain size range were not recognized as such, and so the application would attempt to open them as text files, which would invariably fail.
  • Worked around a behavior in fish (through version 1.23.1) which would cause the application to hang when trying to set up the runtime environment when running #! scripts and filters (whether user-invoked or for internal use).
  • If you are using fish as your login shell, BBEdit will instead use /bin/bash for Shell Worksheets. This works around a behavior in fish which makes shell worksheets unresponsive.
  • Fixed bug in which some commands on the Edit menu were inappropriately enabled in Differences windows when the list had keyboard focus, leading to possible unintentional edits (depending on choice of keyboard equivalents).
  • Fixed bug in which 64-bit builds of the command-line tools did not report errors correctly.
  • Fixed bug in which bbdiff /path/to/new/file /path/to/old/directory/ didn't work.
  • Fixed bug in which codeless language modules with number runs would not correctly recalculate them while editing in some circumstances.
General
Publisher Bare Bones Software
Publisher web site http://www.barebones.com/
Release Date August 14, 2015
Date Added August 14, 2015
Version 11.1.2
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.54MB
File Name BBEdit_11.1.2.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 148,774
Downloads Last Week 40
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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