Version: 10.5.9 || Release Date: 2014-03-04 || License: Commercial with demo (Unknown) App Owner: arne

It doesn't suck.

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

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I use this for virtually everything I write in natural language, quite apart from code. It is simply the most powerful editing environment available, and this is coming from a decades long Emacs user.

I find Coda is friendlier for my site-oriented coding, and there is a native programming environment I use for an exotic language. But BBedit is capable of being a code editor for your own domain specific language.

BBEdit is a text manipulation tool not just an editor.

I still can't believe they charge $125 for this. I'm a recent mac convert, and have been using UltraEdit 32 (Win) for about 8 years. It's an amazing app, and my biggest regret in leaving windows. Ok, it's my only regret. It's THAT good. And the price recently went up from $35 to $50.
This is more than double that, but I've used the demo, and it's DEFINITELY not more than twice as good.

Flame me for trying to put a price on productivity, but from my perspective, which I just presented, there is enough evidence for me to call this grossly overpriced.

you might think it's crazy to spend over $100 on a TEXT editor, of all things, but BBEdit is worth every penny to anyone who writes code, writes websites, or has to process a lot of text files. If you don't need the heavy lifting, then TextWrangler is free and very very good. But BBEdit is better, so when you find you need it, get it. You won't regret it. And the move from TW will be totally painless.

Great little app. You can get others that do the same for free, but this has a very powerful set of tools in it (eg ordering list, completing tags, spellcheck, find-replace, css validator etc etc

I have been moving over to TextMate recently as it has some nce new features still missing from BBEdit and has a much nicer look and feel more in keeping with the OS. But secretly I hope the next version of BBEdit kicks it's ass, as I have always loved it since I started developing using way back in vewrsion 4.6 I think it was.

Brilliant Applescript support, also look at for a free addon


Sorry for the caps, but this is good. TextWrangler is the free version of BBEdit. If you download it, register, and use it for a little while, you get a discount code for the full version of BBEdit. Price goes from $200 to $100.

If you cant' afford it then beg, borrow, or ........ it. If you do any sort of scripting/programming on your mac, you need this app.

Excellent application, but far too expensive.

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