The Annoying Question: Text Editor

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  1. moore1879 macrumors newbie

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    I have been using Textmate and absolutely LOVE it. However, the price tag is just too steep. My income won't justify paying $69US for a text editor. Thus, I am here asking for recommendations.

    I would like a text editor with comparable features that is inexpensive (free if possible). I have used several. Smultron doesn't do it for me. TextWrangler is okay. I am trying Aquamacs, but it doesn't seem to do it either. I would like an editor with some sort of tab interface.

    On that note, please give me suggestions. If anyone has a list of possibilities for me to try, that would be awesome.

    Thank You in advance.
     
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  4. moore1879 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I probably should have been more specific with my intent. I need it more for "programming" than word processing. I do a slew of things, HTML, PHP, Perl, Python, Java.

    I should have posted to Programming or WebDev, but I didn't think of that until I had already posted here.

    Just the same, any other suggestions?

    I have/am trying Komodo Edit. It's a little heavy, I think. I also don't like that it makes you create projects rather than letting you open directories.

    However, I am thinking that it may be a best bet. Thanks...

    (Beggars can't be choosers, I guess.)
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've been looking for a more capable replacement for TextEdit, too. One with more control over fonts, indents, sorting... just a few things, but not enough to justify a full-blown word processor. In Windows, there was Notepad, then WordPad.... WordPad being more robust. Is there something similar (freeware) for the Mac?
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Bean ... see above for link.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    :cool:
     
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    The OP has already said they've tried Smultron and didn't like it.

    I'd suggest Coda, but it costs even more than TextEdit.

    There's also Taco Html Edit, which I was using before I started using Textwrangler.
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, I know it's a word processor, but it is quite light and fast, so I thought I would suggest it.
     
  11. tersono macrumors 68000

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    You already have one that you might have missed. If you've installed XCode (supplied on the OS X installation disks), you'll have the XCode editor, which is very powerful - I spend a good part of my working day in it, doing everything from writing advertising copy to coding. Well worth a play IMHO.
     
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    Everyone at the office just uses vi in Terminal for programming. Hardcore :cool:
     
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    Smultron, Emacs or Nano (via Terminal). All free, all good.
     
  15. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    I sort of gave up trying to find one text editor to do everything. So now I have:
    Xcode Editor - Xcode source files
    Script Editor - AppleScripts
    Smultron - PHP/HTML/shell scripts
    vi (in Terminal) - when fixing stuff in Terminal
    TextEdit - everything else

    Insane? :rolleyes:
     
  16. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    +1 for Xcode (although it uses a fair bit of RAM)
     
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  18. moore1879 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have to say that that is the first time I have heard that one. Thanks. I have looked at it a little and it seems promising.

    (Xcode is too bulky for what I do)
    (Smultron is too... Well, Smultron is Smultron.)
     
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    I'd give TextWrangler a try - it's a slightly cut down version of the excellent BBEdit and is completely free...
     
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    So how Editra coming along? I'm looking for a good, light, editor for quick coding.
    On the windows side, i used textpad which was great.
     
  21. bart rijksen macrumors regular

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    Legal, or Illegal?
     

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