Version: 2.0 alpha || Release Date: 2013-01-01 || License: Shareware (39) Developer: Macromates | App Owner: arne

TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.

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57 Opinions

I've discovered TextMate 4 mounth ago. and since then, i've stopped using Dreamweaver... simply wonderful. If you write code, you MUST have it. To me, it's better then BBEdit...

I really don't see why Mac doesn't come with TextMate by default. This is the number one editor for everybody. Programs like BBedit don't even come close. And I am amazed how cheap it is too.

Honestly one of the best apps I've ever come across. This is a must for any mac programmer, no matter what your language preferences (especially for Ruby and Rails)

TextMate is one of those applications that takes some time and effort to really understand why it is so powerful. Especially if you are a BBEdit user just "trying it out," you probably won't get it. The main difference is that BBEdit exposes most of its power in the user interface (menu commands, mostly), while TextMate "hides" the power in the add-in bundles. You need to figure out how to discover this power. Once you do, you may never be satisfied by another editor again.

I wrote more details in a weblog posting, which also points to some good tutorials and quick references covering TextMate:


#1 reason to switch to Mac

I just registered on iusethis just so I could say that TextMate is the frickin cat's pajamas man... I'm a long-time vim user, and TM has more than adequately made my php/RoR coding in OS X as comfy as can be. Can't even wait for TM 2.0 !!!

Can't believe I feel the pricetag of this app is worth it.

I love this editor, even use it for C# / Mono programming for work (windows shop)

Matt - Textmate has excellent diff support, read through the manual a bit and it will tell you more. I only need to diff once and a while so I use a uxix command followed by "mate" and the resulting file is automatically opened in Text Mate. It's my guess that I'm only touching the surface of what can be done.


I'm a long-time BBEdit user and have tried TextMate but I have to admit that I don't get the appeal. Could someone post the main reasons they've switched from BBEdit to TM? I'd like to know what I'm missing.

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