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 5.0.2
Version 5.0.2 includes fixes for reported issues. Complete details are available in the TextWrangler change notes, located on the support page at http://www.barebones.com/support/textwrangler/ .
Free and Feature-Rich
Text Wrangler is a great free application for basic text editing. Its tracking and editing features only add to its bare-bones design. I use it mainly to edit my HTML and CSS code—nothing complicated, but it is MORE THAN ADEQUATE for all of my programming needs. The hotkey commands help make the coding a breeze when doing repetitive tasks. It also warns you when the server you’re editing off of has lost connection, and allows you to pick up and keep going as soon as you reconnect. That’s a really useful feature, especially for me when I have to use a VPN to dial in.
The only gripe I might have is that it occassionally locks up for a few brief seconds when saving changes with multiple files open.
Fairly decent text editor
I've been using this app for years. The only biggest inconvenience it has is that the context menu for selected text in the editor does not offer OS text services so you have to go to the app menu - Services to access text services. In case you don't know what OS servies are, go to Apple - System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts - Services - Text. Most apps like OS X Mail let you invoke these upon text selections via the context menu but TextWrangler does not.
An appropriate name
Text Wrangler works great for quick and easy editting of text files. I use vim and other IDEs for programming, but for quick editing very large text files > (50,000 lines, a large csv for example), Text Wrangler rarely crashes and does better than any alternatives