By Bare Bones Software, Inc.
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TextWrangler is a powerful, general-purpose text editor crafted in Bare Bones Software's best traditions. For anyone who works with text, this award-winning application provides a clean, intelligent interface to a rich set of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text with high performance. TextWrangler's best-of-class features include grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, code folding, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Mac OS X Unix scripting support, and much more.
What's New in Version 4.5.12
This update works around a bug in OS X Yosemite which causes the size of the "Open" and "Save" file dialog boxes to creep until the bottom of the dialog is no longer accessible. For more information on this issue, see here: http://sixcolors.com/post/2014/11/attack-of-the-50-foot-save-sheet/.
Complete change notes for this update as well as previous versions are available here: http://www.barebones.com/support/textwrangler/current_notes.html
Great for Markdown / mmd purist
This is an excellent text editor and as such, has many uses. One thing I use it for is Markdown. I’m not sure that it was intended to be used for that, but add on the markdown syntax highlighting pack, and it works perfectly for writing in markdown. If you’re a markdown purist and don’t want and/or need any of the extra features cluttering your writing experience, this is the way to go. It’s especially useful if you’re first learning how to write markdown as it will show you how the sytax works without any additional scripts. Oh… and it’s free!!!
Note: You’ll need to download a exporter/previewer like “Marked” or “Marked 2” to preview the styles.
Problem with Saving Changes
Had to delete this app. Several times now it just didn’t save my changes. Everything appeared to work - no error messages - but when I reopen the file all of my changes are gone. Not sure where the breakdown occurred, but there was no warning and I just can’t use an editor that doesn’t report save errors!
FYI - I’ve had the same problem under v3 and now the v4.5.12 release. I had hoped v4 would of fixed this. I’ve also seen this under snow leopard and yosemite. I thought about upgrading to their BBEdit product, but I just don’t trust it will work any better. Time to move on to one of the many other quality editors on the market.
Save/Open dialogue still not working (with DefaultFolderX?)
Now, instead of the dialogue box being too low, it is too high. You can’t see the field for entering/changing filenames.
Still a great app, but saving files at this point is “flying blind.” With the former problem you could hit return to save or escape to cancel. This is worse.