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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Photoshop of Text"

    February 21, 2005  |   By peterpayne

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    It is the Photoshop of text. A solid friend that I use in many different parts of my work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A little sloppy on the upgrades"

    December 15, 2004  |   By Kiehlster

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I haven't gotten to use BBEdit for all that long. I started with version 7 after getting a job working primarily on macs. It reminds me a bit of EditPlus for windows, so I've gotten quite comfortable with it, and I must say it's a great colorized editor for any of your programming needs.

    Although BBEdit is great and all, 8.0.3 has at least one obvious bug. They've redone all their language support in version 8.0, but it would seem that they're still working out issues with it. I regularly use the Un/Comment Selection feature to comment out and uncomment large selections of text on many documents. 8.0.2 and 8.0 have effectively achieved this feature by allowing you to comment out each line of a selection all at once. So you can get 50 start and 50 end comment tags for each line you have selected.

    After trying 8.0.3 I found that this feature was very broken (it doesn't properly remove or add tags leaving extra junk or overlooking preferences all together), and so I'm back on 8.0.2 until this feature is fixed. I'm not sure how you can both break and miss catching this feature.

    Other than the problems with 8.0.3 I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an easy text/code editor.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Software and Customer Support"

    December 8, 2004  |   By gaseous1

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This program is a steal at full price and a real bargain at $129. What's your time worth and how much do you save by using this software?

    An incredible feature list, fast processing, Unix and Applescript support - this program is fantastic. It's not just a text editor and shouldn't be viewed as one (geez, there aare free text editors out there -- even Apple supplies one). It is an amazing automation and efficiency tool for a wide variety of text-related tasks. Text Factories are phenomenal. Now they can be called via an AppleScript (hey, I requested that only several weeks ago!) which further enhances my automation tasks.

    Its all about workflow and getting rid of time-wasting repetition and BB-Edit is an incredibly versatile tool with a tremendously fast implementation that rivals the underlying UNIX perl, awk and sed functions in speed. Anything that BB-Edit can't handle can be implemented by incorporating a shell/python/perl/applescript in the processing pathway.

    This program has paid for itself many times over, including the upgrade fees. I think it is very fairly priced at $129.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Expensive, but goood"

    December 8, 2004  |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've always felt the BBEdit was far too expensive, and that it would be more fairly priced if it were in the $50 to $100 range. But when 8.0 came out I was in the middle of a massive website redesign and needed to spend 8 or 10 hours a day in my text editor. I tried 8.0 and realized that it was so good that I would just have to buy it because it was next to indispensible. Luckily I qualified for a student discount, so I got it for a little over $100. It is true that BBEdit is "just a text editor", but if spend a day or two learning its features and customize it to fit your workflow (for example, using the glossaries feature), you will find that it enables you to work in an ultra-efficient, ultra productive way. And as a registered user, Bare Bones gives you excellent support. The list of fixes and additions in 8.0.3 is so long it took me nearly half an hour to read it! And I was delighted to see that both of the major bugs that I reported were fixed in the update. It's hard to imagine how they could make this any better. It's not Cocoa, which was why I never bought the pre-8.0 versions; but in 8.0 the text editing behaviours (line selection etc) exactly match those that I am used to from working in Cocoa editors (like Xcode). So now I can move between the two in total comfort. I have had some crashes, but they've been infrequent, and on the whole the software seems very, very stable.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great Text editor, but overpriced"

    December 8, 2004  |   By mnb

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I'll be the first to agree that BBEdit is a fantastic text editor. Easily the best out there on the Mac. TextEdit on the PC is a decent alternative.

    The main problem I have with it is the exceptionally high price. $200 is darn steep for a text editor. While it's chock full of features, most of them I NEVER use. I don't use ANY of the html tag stuff or the ftp features. But I do like the ability to run and syntax check PERL and shell scripts, which TextWrangler lacks. So my needs fall between their $49 and $199 app.

    Personally I think BBEdit should go for $99-$119. I'd pony up and buy it even if it is overkill for my needs, but at $199, that's just not gonna happen. I'll just suffer with the outdated BBEdit Lite. At least the price is right.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "learn to code - it's wysiwyg users that make life..."

    December 8, 2004  |   By gregorja

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.3

    Summary

    ...hell
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
     Michael Bowyer - here's what you get: the best handcoding application for any platform. learn to code if you want to work on the web. if you prefer being a barrista, whine all you like.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fixed FTP Bug"

    September 30, 2004  |   By ddelong

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    ... and in record time no less! I'm once again a 100% satisfied customer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The only bad thing about 8.0.x..."

    September 30, 2004  |   By jimjag

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been using BBEdit for, yep, 10 years now (they even sent me the cool T-shirt). Each version gets better and better, but with 8.0.x I see one little smudge against that nice record. I can no longer use mishawaka as my editor font. I've been hoping each patch release since 8.0.0 would "fix" that, but no such luck :(

    So I'm back to Monaco.

    Of course, if that's the only complaint, it's a real nit-pick. And it is. I would be lost without BBEdit.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "the best html editor"

    September 30, 2004  |   By adamsh

    Version: BBEdit 8.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    there's no doubt about it, but guys, what about right-to-left language support?
    so with version 8 i have the ability to write in hebrew or arabic, but the display gets totally *censored*ed up. if i want to edit the text i have to erase everything and start over. why release a program with a feature not yet complete, especially when there are other text editors that handle the same thing with no problems (mellel, nisus writer and even the simple textedit)? really, mac os x does most of the work on its own, just fix these bugs already.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Getting a bit long in the tooth"

    April 29, 2004  |   By sooloo

    Version: BBEdit 7.1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This used to be the unchallenged champion of Mac text editors, but it hasn't changed much in a few years. That's a long time... still doesn't use sheets for saving files, still shows a system 7 style black & white beachball on startup, still no native toolbar, still uses floating palettes for everything, even when a drawer would make more sense... it just doesn't feel like a fully native OSX application. It feels like exactly what it is - a well done port from OS9.

    Like many old time powerhouse apps, most of its features are close to useless on OSX - the plugin API is effectively dead, for example, and the name is truly a misnomer - I wouldn't call a text editor with integrated HTML assistants, an ftp client, and an image viewer "bare bones" by any stretch.

    I bought this back when it was $75 or so, and the upgrade prices are usually around $40-50, so I'll probably buy the next one, but only if no decent native replacement has appeared in the meantime.

    Barebones should've redone this in Yellowbox/Cocoa back when everyone wanted them to; I've been using jEdit and SubEthaEdit more than this lately. I never thought I'd prefer a java app to BBEdit, but that's the way it is.

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