That doesn’t mean we don’t have many text editors to choose. Many are free. Some cost as much as body parts and may be more complex. If you’re editing text on a budget, this is the world’s best text editor. It’s on the Mac. It’s free.
Why Is Text Editing Free?
First, let me segregate word processing from text editing. If you use Apple’s Pages or Microsoft’s Word, then you’re merely processing words.
True, there are plenty of features to display what you write in many different ways. But that’s not what a text editor does (though many Mac bloggers use a text editor to blog; including me).
A text editor edits text. Code. Programming. Instead of font and layout tools, a text editor creates color coded syntax specific to programming.
TextWrangler codes and edits and edits code. It’s easy to search through a large document to change or edit specific text.
Wait. There’s more.
TextWrangler has built-in options for grep pattern matching, as well as the ability to search and replace across multiple files.
If you’ve never used a professional level text editor before, TextWrangler is a good place to start.
The fact that it’s free should be enticing enough, but the feature set is lengthy and mature.
TextWrangler provides multiple syntax coloring options for a number of source code languages, which makes it useful for software development as well as web authoring.
Even better, there’s built-in support for FTP and sFTP and it can open and save files to remote servers. TextWrangler can find differences or compare files or folders, and much more. You get the idea.
If it’s so good, and it is, why is it free? TextWrangler is the little brother to the popular BBEdit text editor (with even more features) which does have a price tag. When you want more than what you get with TextWrangler, the hope is you’ll upgrade to more features and functions but in the familiar interface of BBEdit.