new to mac - need simple text/html editor

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by qveda, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi,
    I'm relatively new to Mac, need a simple text editor for basic html editing (equiv to Notepad on Windows).

    what is recommended?
     
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    spinnerlys

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    #2
    Mac OS X comes with TextEdit.

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    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.
     
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    brad.c

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    If you don't want rich text, I like TextWrangler. It saves .txt by default, and is html/php aware (coloured code display).
    And it's free.
     
  4. Guest

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    definitely Textwrangler for free, TextMate for pay.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help !
     
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    #6
    vim :)
     
  7. RMo
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    I'll second the vote for TextMate. 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.)
     

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