What's the best text editor these days?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by spaceballl, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. spaceballl macrumors 68030

    spaceballl

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    I'm starting to code again after a couple years of hiatus... I'm instinctively going back to Textmate, but I know there's Sublime Text, BBEdit, etc, these days, and they've all been recently updated. I like shortcuts, syntax highlighting, and direct server integration for quickly pushing changes, if possible!
     
  2. superscape macrumors 6502a

    superscape

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    Hi there,

    Personally I tend to use TextWrangler - from the same stable as BBEdit, but free.

    http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/

    I started using it with the mindset that I'd use it until I found something that it couldn't do that I needed, and then I'd think about shelling out for its big brother BBEdit. I've been using it for the best part of 5 years and that day hasn't come yet!

    I tend to use it for writing shell scripts, simple HTML/PHP and occasional manual editing of XML files. It's more than adequate for that.

    Hope that's of some help!
     
  3. blipmusic macrumors regular

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    Sublime Text 3 with Package Control, perhaps? Very nice editor and plenty fast.

    Then install the sftp plugin (haven't tried but I assume that's what you meant) via Package Control.

    Both sublime text and the sftp plug-in are commercial, though.
     
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    A vote for BBEdit here. Was a big UltraEdit user on the Windows side, looks like they've ported that to Mac now but I haven't tried the Mac flavor: http://www.ultraedit.com/
     
  5. aaagat111 macrumors regular

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    Big vote for Sublime Text 3 as mentioned above.

    • Extremely stable, even with very large files
    • Tons of keyboard shortcuts for common text-related manipulation
    • Its ever growing plugin library makes it adapt to nearly any language / project type
    • Community support - you have so many tutorial posts, videos, or contributors supporting you

    Bit of context - I switched from Textmate a few years back. I am a developer who has 3-4 node/drupal/angular projects open at a given time. Sublime is a lifesaver.
     

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