Programmers Text Editor

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by redneon, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. redneon macrumors member

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    Can anyone recommend a decent text editor for programmers (preferably free)?

    I used to use MultiEdit or TextPad in Windows and am looking for something similar for OS X.

    EDIT: I should probably add that I want hex editing features and such.
     
  2. tehybrid macrumors member

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    not sure if it does hex editting but i (and ALOT of people) like textmate
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I use TextWrangler as my all-purpose text editor. Powerful, but free... :)

    As for hex editor, I don't know, but I'm pretty sure you'd be better of with one good text editor and a good hex editor instead of some application doing a half...good job on both... ;)
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    textmate is awesome if you can deal with some of the current limitations (like fixed-width-ness).

    wait for 2.0 to be released if you want to buy it though ;)
     
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    TextMate 2.0 will be a free upgrade to anyone who purchased 1.0, so there's no penalty for buying it now. I would like to second the recommendation for TextMate, though, it's an incredibly powerful text editor.

    SubEthaEdit is also nice as it allows for real-time, collaborative editing (if you need that kind of thing).

    Smultron is a decent freeware editor (although the icons are crap).

    ...as for a hex editor, I'll be of little help to you there.
     
  6. iJawn108 macrumors 65816

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  7. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    ...if you code in color ;)

    As for hex editors, I use Hex Fiend and HexEdit, which doesn't have a public Intel build yet, although I have compiled one here.
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Use anything but TextEdit for text only documents (though it's actually a very nice, light weight rich text word processor).

    For programming, with syntax highlighting and other text tools, use something better, much better, like the ones mentioned above...
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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