While not a word processor, TextWrangler for Mac does an excellent job editing, searching, and transforming text and HTML code. It is a great tool for programmers and server administrators and a good runner-up for the "top text editor for Mac" title.
Fast and functional: TextWrangler for Mac performs well when it comes to case and order changing. The app can not only find and replace. but also replace and find, where you implement the text change first, then inspect the text lines to check whether the effect is what you intended. TextWrangler also has a convenient autosave feature.
Can read corrupted files: If you encounter a corrupted word-processing file created with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, this application can help you recover at least some of the text.
File comparison: The Find Differences feature presents a list of files, with bullets indicating those found to be different.
Virtually unlimited undo and redo actions: No worries about committing a mistake in changing texts or deleting them -- you can revert actions or do them again, endlessly.
Takes some time to figure out: You may have to repeatedly refer to the application's manual to be able to use all the features.
Limited Mac compatibility: You cannot use it on Mac OS X 10.6 or older versions.
TextWrangler stands out as one of the best text-editing applications for Mac. Free but feature-rich, it's especially useful for programmers or professional editors. Just be forewarned that you might develop the craving for BBEdit once you explore more of TextWrangler's capabilities.
TextWrangler is a powerful and richly-featured tool for composing, modifying, and transforming text stored in plain-text files.
TextWrangler is a...
- General Purpose Text Editor
- Programmer's Text Editor
- Unix And Server Administrator's Tool
- Powerful Text Transformer And Manipulator
- Product Developed In The Best Traditions Of Bare Bones Software
What's new in this version:
- This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.
- Fixed crash which would occur occasionally (depending on the shape of memory) when trying to balance delimiters and the selection start was at the beginning of the document.
- Worked around an elusive OS behavior in which the application would receive spurious change notifications for folders that it wasn't actually watching, which in turn triggered inappropriate refreshes o... See all new features »