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Aug 5, 2009, 03:23 PM
I'm relatively new to Mac, need a simple text editor for basic html editing (equiv to Notepad on Windows).

what is recommended?

Aug 5, 2009, 03:32 PM
Mac OS X comes with TextEdit.


Also see here: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/html-css-beginners-guide/

Mac OS X Basic Tools
Like Windows, the Mac operating system (specifically OS X; we won’t be looking at previous versions of the Mac OS) has a number of tools that you can use straight out of the box. These tools are virtually equivalent to the Windows programs mentioned above.

Your Text Editor: TextEdit
While Windows has Notepad, the Mac has TextEdit, which can be found in the Applications folder.

Unlike Notepad, TextEdit works as a rich text editor by default, which means we can work with fonts, make text bold and italic, and so on. However, we want to work with TextEdit as a plain text editor, so you’ll need to adjust some of TextEdit’s preferences. Start TextEdit, then select TextEdit > Preferences from the menu to bring up the Preferences screen. Select Plain text within New Document Attributes, then close the Preferences screen. The next time you create a new file in TextEdit, it will be a plain text document.

Aug 5, 2009, 03:36 PM
If you don't want rich text, I like TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/). It saves .txt by default, and is html/php aware (coloured code display).
And it's free.

Aug 5, 2009, 03:46 PM
definitely Textwrangler for free, TextMate for pay.

Aug 5, 2009, 03:48 PM
Thanks for the help !

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Aug 5, 2009, 03:52 PM
vim :)

Aug 6, 2009, 10:31 AM
I'll second the vote for TextMate (http://macromates.com/). TextEdit, which comes with OS X, is roughly equivalent to Notepad in Windows, but TextMate, while still lightweight, has some additional features like syntax-aware coloring that will help you when coding. (It also has other potentially useful features, like opening multiple documents without multiple windows, changing tabs to spaces and vice versa, and a lot more you'll discover as you look through the program.)