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  • 3.0 stars

    "Getting a bit long in the tooth"

    April 29, 2004  |   By sooloo


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    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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