A little bit ago I wrote some quick thoughts on Coda vs. TextMate vs. BBEdit and had all but removed BBEdit from my list of preferred text editors for the Mac. But the good folks at Bare Bones are saying “not so fast buster”! They have just released BBEdit 9.0 and I’m happy to say that it is worth another look!
With this new version, BBEdit has re-joined the party (at least in my book) with a whole boatload of great features — the first of which you will notice will be a big overhaul of their UI (thank you). And speaking of overhauls, they’ve also re-done their site — which has been long overdue in my opinion. But that’s not all folks! Here are three features that I’m most excited about:
- Projects: view all files in a project on the same window (finally)
- Search/Replace: Not only have they improved the look of this essential feature, they have also added the ability to edit right on the results – a feature that has been requested for years.
- Code Completion: One of my favorite things about both Coda and TextMate is code completion. Anything to save time on repetitive tasks! BBEdit’s implementation is nice and robust – and good lookin’ too
And that’s just the beginning! Bare Bones must’ve realized that they were falling way behind on nice-to-have features and they have come back into the fight swingin’ like mad. However, with all the niceties of the shiny new v9, they still have some skeletons in the closet — the preference pane. Somebody please do something about this! Price could use a little help too.