BBEdit 12

Pow­er­ful text edi­tor im­proves again. US$49.99 | BARE­BONES.COM

APC Australia - - Software - Craig Gran­nell

Ver­sion 12 of BBEdit ar­rives 25 years af­ter the orig­i­nal — that’s some achieve­ment. Thank­fully, the app re­mains rel­e­vant, pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient. New fea­tures in­clude im­prove­ments to the FTP view (you can now open/close fold­ers), the abil­ity to paste us­ing a text fil­ter, and sup­port for Split View, so you can have a Mark­down doc­u­ment on the left and a pre­view on the right, with the in­spec­tor be­low.

Our favourite new fea­tures are Col­umns Edit­ing and Canon­ise. Col­umns Edit­ing is for comma- and tab-de­lim­ited text files. You can copy one or more se­lected col­umns to a new doc­u­ment, or re­ar­range col­umns with­out a copy­and‑paste dance with a spread­sheet app.

Canon­ise is a su­perb batch search-and-re­place tool for mul­ti­ple text strings. You de­fine re­quired changes in a be­spoke file, which is then ap­plied to other doc­u­ments.

The app re­mains ab­surdly pow­er­ful. We opened a 150MB text dump in BBEdit on a wheez­ing Mac mini, which took a short while, but a find and re­place of 789,097 changes oc­curred in a blink of an eye. BBEdit of­fers a great mix of power and re­li­a­bil­ity for a whole range of users, for writ­ing, edit­ing or cod­ing.

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