Along came OS X and my Unix roots were massaged by a boatload of popular text editors from BBEdit to TextMate. A smile came across my face when I came upon the latest version of a Mac text editor I once knew and loved.
Edit That Text
Mac users have plenty of text editors to choose from these days, including the aforementioned, as well as some new ones that have garnered a place on my Apple devices.
Textastic, I’m looking at you, and I love the fact that I can easily edit documents on Mac, iPhone, and iPad and keep them all synced up nice and tidy in iCloud.
My blast from the past of about 20 years ago is the venerable Tex-Edit, now Tex-Edit Plus X as an OS X version.
No, this isn’t Apple’s TextEdit. It’s Tex-Edit Plus, a scriptable, ASCII text editor that’s more and less than TextEdit but not a full-featured word processor.
I remember using Tex-Edit to create my early coding disasters in AppleScript. The latest OS X version is clean, elegant, fast, and easy to use.
Tex-Edit supports a bunch of OS X features and functions, including Automator actions, AppleScript, the built-in speech capability and much more.
The user interface is decidedly old school and quaint, with floating palettes of tools, yet with a gentle learning curve.
Doug Adams maintains an AppleScript library for Tex-Edit Plus which can give you a walk back through memory lane, or a few useful scripts that work great in OS X.
Oh, and Tex-Edit Plus is true shareware, not time-limited, not feature crippled, not locked. Pay if you like it. I paid years ago.