Cheapest place to get downloadable BBEdit?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mitthrawnuruodo, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #1
    With the price of US Dollar these days I've been quite busy buying all those things I've kind of wanted for a while from US webshops... :)

    Now I'm considering getting BBEdit. I work as a webprogrammer, and have until now used TextWrangler, and been quite happy with that. But, the last week I've been using the BBEdit 8.6 demo, and there definitively are some advantages with BBEdit over its free counterpart.

    That Barebones has reduced the price from $199 to $125 at some point, too, only makes the itch in the credit card even worse. ;)

    But, as a freelancer, I have somewhat limited funds, and thus want to save a buck, if possible. So: Does anybody know some reliable place selling a downloadable BBEdit cheaper than Barebones/DigitalRiver or maybe where I can obtain an unused Promo Code?

    :)
     
  2. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    You should email the company directly and see if you can get a deal. Let them know your circumstances. They are regular people like you and me so ask them nicely. They certainly would rather sell you direct then through some middleman where they don't make much money anyway. Maybe there is something you can give them in trade to offset the deal. Or maybe you can offer some service like bug checking a new version, or writing reviews for them to post on thier site. Be creative.

    -T
     
  3. Richard Flynn macrumors regular

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    Out of interest, what do you consider to be the advantages of BBEdit over TextWranger? I use TW, and have played with the demo of BBE but can't see what more it will offer me for XHTML, CSS and PHP. Am I missing something?
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    I've been considering something like that... but I figured a bargain or even better a promo code would be better than downright begging... ;)

    Lots of small things really (that's why I'm a bit reluctant to spend $125 ;)):
    - I had some 3rd party colour syntaxing for (My)SQL installed in TW that an upgrade broke, and BBEdit has functioning MySQL colour syntaxing.
    - Collapsible tags (very nice when working on loooong files, with lots of divs or php functions or whatever).
    - BBEdit seems a bit better at picking up on different encodings (though that might just be in my head)
    - It has an extensive Markup menu with lots of web developing goodies (which I may or may not start using, once I get used to it).
    - BBEdit should be better at searching across multiple files (but I haven't tried this yet, either).
    - It doesn't suck™ :p
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Well, today my trial expired, so I took your advice and mailed the Sales people at Barebones saying that I was almost ready to buy BBEdit, my only concern was the price and asking if they had any promotional codes, rebates or free future upgrades.

    No luck, got a dry mail back with a blank rejection (and, oddly enough, an invitation to contact them again if I had additional questions or needed any other assistance). I take the hint, I can smell a form letter when I see one... ;)

    So I guess it's back to TextWrangler for now... :(
     
  6. Richard Flynn macrumors regular

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    Have you tried Coda, which has just been released by Panic? Obviously it's quite different from both TextWrangler and BBEdit. I've been playing with it and have now bought it: it's got a lot of good code reference built in (for XHTML, CSS, and PHP), and after getting used to the interface (being able to work on local and remote files at once is a little confusing, the 'publish' mechanism sometimes behaves slightly bizarrely) I've come to really like it… But I dare say that some people might complain that the whole thing is a dumbed-down approach.
     
  7. janey macrumors 603

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    I don't really dig bbedit...TextMate, Coda and Komodo work wonders for me.
     
  8. skoker macrumors 68000

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    BBEdit's search and replace amongst multiple files is truly worth it's weight in gold.
     

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