html text editor

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cam50626, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. cam50626 macrumors member

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    Anyone know of a good formatting free text editor for the mac similar to the windows 'notepad'? Textedit just seems to add loads of its own formatting and goes funny, no use for html....
     
  2. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    perhaps not exactly what you want, but you will get a pretty good overview of different Tex/html editors here:

    http://www.esm.psu.edu/mac-tex/

    I hope it will help you a bit
     
  3. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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  4. HexMonkey Administrator

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    You can prevent TextEdit from saving formatting information by choosing Format > Make Plain Text.

    As for another text editor, I'd recommend SubEthaEdit for writing html, which has useful features such as syntax highlighting and is free for non-commercial use.
     
  5. haiggy macrumors 65816

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    SubEthaEdit is good too. It can handle lots of different programming code. Look for it on versiontracker.com

    Edit: Looks like HexMonkey beat me to it
     
  6. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    I personally do not like SubEthaEdit. It's a collaborative editor, where you share your works with your group. It's great and very helpful to groups. It's a godsend for them. I don't need this. I'm in no group. The problem? It stuffs that feature in your face. It makes it too complicated and confusing for those "indepentant" writers/coders. ;)

    Textwrangler, on the other hand, is very powerful and advanced for those who need it, but it doesn't "stuff it in your face". It works very nicely as a simple beginner text editor. Try it out, it's free! :)
     
  7. HexMonkey Administrator

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    I disagree, the collaborative features in SubEthaEdit are isolated to a few menu and toolbar items if you don't use them (and the toolbar can be customised to remove these). Having used both SubEthaEdit and TextWrangler, I find SubEthaEdit much simpler to use, more light-weight and more powerful for editing html (although TextWrangler shines in other areas). Features such as a built in web preview can also save a lot of time.

    cam50626, I'd recommend that you try both so that you can come up with your own conclusion based on your requirements.
     
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  9. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    I like to use jEdit. It works well for HTML, CSS, PHP, and other languages as well. Very nice application.
     
  10. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. SubEthaEdit is a very nice text editor (my second favorite after TW). It all depends what feels better for you. That's why there isn't just one text editor existing. :)
     
  11. cam50626 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks, i tried downloading a few of these, but when my ibook tried to mount the disk image, i get the message "verification failed"......this means....?
     
  12. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    It means that the disk image somehow got corrupted while being downloaded. OS X checks disk images when you mount them to make sure that the data is all there and is correct.

    Really though, I like TextWrangler and SubEthaEdit but for simple plain text editing, I often just use TextEdit. Open preferences and set the format for new documents to "plain text" and you won't have any of that "formatting stuff". Works fine for HTML.
     

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