The Mac app I love to hate (and use anyway) just did me a big favor. Huge, actually. Surprisingly huge.
The text editor I’ve used since the last century decided to enter the 21st century with a bunch of welcome features, a more pleasing interface, and to celebrate all this new found likableness, it even dropped the price (and not by a little, either). More stuff. Less money. Are the developers crazy?
The Text Editor’s Perfect 10
Love it or hate, Bare Bones’ BBEdit may be the most popular, most used Mac text editor. If you code on a Mac, BBEdit can be a habit that’s difficult to break.
Indispensable apps tend to grow features through the years, and because BBEdit has been around since the 1990s, it’s grown heavy with tacked on functionality, and long in the tooth, visually and usability speaking.
At version 10, Bare Bones decided to try something different.
The interface has been reworked and rejiggered to be more appealing and easier to use, while tacking on 100 new enhancements. As an example, gone is the hated document drawer, replaced by a toggle sidebar.
If you need it, it’s there. No more hunting through an ever growing list of preferences to eliminate the annoying drawer.
Pop Me Up, Scotty
The dialog box that lets you enter tags has been replaced. Now there’s a pop up panel which can figure out values and attributes on the fly, and even prompt you, and even give you a file locator to find the source file.
Did I mention the preferences? Yes. They’re better in BBEdit 10. Much better. Now they’re organized into sections with appropriate icons so you know where to find what to change.
Even better is an option to store BBEdit’s Application Folder (where all the personal goodies go) into Dropbox, so you can have access on multiple Macs or even set it up for multiple users.
This latest version of my favorite app to hate even peeks inside .zip archives without opening them first, so you can see what’s inside without opening the archive.
More? For Less? You’re Joking, Right?
Here’s the kicker. Not only is BBEdit available on the Mac App Store (still awaiting the upgrade to version 10), but Bare Bones dropped the price to celebrate. Something. The normal price tag is $100, but is $40 for version 10 for the first 90 days.
After that, the price goes up to $50. My last upgrade price was $30, so this is a bargain (relatively speaking). BBEdit may never really be a perfect 10, but version 10 has a sweet smell to it, thanks to the lowered price, easier to use interface.