Better text editors for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Joe Bannon, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Joe Bannon macrumors regular

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    Anything better out there than TextEdit? I'll mainly use it for editing PHP.
     
  2. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    vi? *snicker*

    I used to use TextPad (I think) or somethign on my XP box, that program rocked for PHP, it had code highlighting and everything. I'd love to find something similar for the mac.
     
  3. Joe Bannon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha, vi.


    I used EditPad on my PC, it was good for what I needed.
     
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  5. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Aquamacs Emacs, vi, textwrangler, and others. Maybe check iUseThis.com
     
  6. NeXTLoop macrumors member

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    If you want free, TextWrangler is going to be one of the best options. If you don't mind paying, BBEdit or TextMate are two of the best.
     
  7. aptenergy macrumors newbie

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    Free:
    TextWrangler
    Smultron

    Paid:
    TextMate
    BBEdit
    SubEthaEdit

    are all good choices.
     
  8. Joe Bannon thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Well it is good but if all you want is a text editor maybe something like Pico/Nano would work for you? Nice and simple command line interface without the learning curve of vi or emacs.
     
  10. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    It's already been mentioned, but I use Smultron for PHP personally (TextWrangler for more or less everything else). Can't tell you exactly why, I just sort of like the way it feels (and hey, free to try!).
     
  11. chelsel macrumors 6502

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    Master vi and you'll never need to learn another editor. I even use a vi plugin when editing code in Eclipse as I find it much more efficient than ever touching the mouse. You can learn enough vi in 10 minutes to use it effectively.

    You can download a graphical Mac OS X version of vi from here: http://www.vim.org/download.php#mac It is also built into OS X at the command line.
     

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