Needing a syntax editor for Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Garrettmania, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Garrettmania macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    Hello! I just got a Mac about a week ago, I absolutely love it!
    I've been looking around on Google and no luck so I thought the best place to ask would be here. I'm in need of a syntax highlighting text editor (something like VIm, I use it for my college webserver but my website server doesn't have it). I'd prefer something free (not trials either). I have Dreamweaver, but it's on my PC. I just want something simple to work on my site when I'm not home. Thanks!
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
  3. Garrettmania thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    I tried TextWrangler but it didn't do quite what I wanted as far as syntax highlighting. I really like Coda and wish it didn't cost 100 bucks, I would totally pay for it if it were like 30. I'm thinking about using something called Aptana which is based off of Eclipse, but it runs REALLY slow, which I definitely do not want. Isn't there ANYTHING that is a free or inexpensive, simple editor for editing web code (that highlights syntax)
    Sorry for being so picky, I know windows has something of this sort (Notepad++)
  4. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    What is it that you don't like about TextWrangler? If you want something free and lightweight, it's as good as it gets. It's also pretty customizable.

    Other alternatives, albeit a tad heavyweight, are Xcode and Eclipse. But these are more or a programming IDE than text editors.
  5. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Same question here. I tried Eclipse and absolutely hated it. I don't develop web apps much so I probably have different needs, but I use TextWrangler (free) at home and BBEdit (the pro version) at work. It is very customizable too. What exactly don't you like?
  6. Tibbar macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Download the demo of Unity 3D. It installs an editor called Unitron which I don't think expires.
  7. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003

    This is Smultron.

    It is free and pretty good.

    You have VIM on your Mac, type vim on the command line.

    BBEdit and TextMate are as good as anything out there if you want to pay.
  8. sahnert macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2003
  9. isus macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2004
  10. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004

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