Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BBEdit 11.6

Bare Bones Software:

At the end of the 30-day evaluation period, BBEdit will remain permanently functional with a revised feature set that includes its powerful text editing capabilities but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. BBEdit’s exclusive features may be re-enabled at any time with a purchased license.


There is a new command-line tool: bbresults. This tool reads data from stdin which is expected to be typically formed Unix error messages. This data is then used to create a BBEdit results window which provides navigation of errors and warnings within BBEdit itself.


Added Toothpaste as a factory-supplied color scheme.


When an untitled document is active in a window, the window’s entry in the Window menu will be annotated with some text derived from the beginning of the document’s contents.

I also like the new toolbar design, which is more compact and shows the document’s full path (with tilde).

Update (2016-07-08): John Gruber:

In the old days, there was BBEdit (paid) and BBEdit Lite (free). Then BBEdit Lite went away. Then we got TextWrangler, which was free.

I like this setup better. Download BBEdit for free. Use all of its features free for 30 days. After that, you still have a terrific Mac text editor, free of charge. But as soon as you need it, you can pay to enable the full feature set.

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My favorite new feature is this:

Folder scanning used in multi-file search/replace/text factory operation, Find Differences, and site deployment will now skip over files that match rules specified in .gitignore files, in cases where the directory being scanned is (or is inside of) a Git working copy.

This is a huge time saver when you have a lot of packages or libraries (like node modules) in a project folder, and also less unwanted search hits.

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