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