View Full Version : What's the best text editor for mac?

01-29-2005, 07:31 PM
Dreamweaver is a bit too scattered adding things and thowing in confusing mumbo jumbo whenever you're trying to code. I've been using it for a while and I've reached a point whereas I'd like to have a simple text editor and what-not.

I realize I can use Word or Simpletext but am wondering if theres anything else I should check out?


01-29-2005, 08:00 PM
SubEthaEdit gets my vote...

01-29-2005, 08:16 PM
For me, a healthy balance of many text editors does the best job. If one can't perform a certain feature, i just paste into the other, perform the task, and paste back.

BBedit - hundreds of useful tools, pretty much the premiere text editor for mac.

SubEthaEdit - Block editing comes in handy, solid text editor, collaborative working for multiple users.

HyperEdit - Realtime text editor, one panel for code and one panel for how it will turn out (in safari). Has nice features like built-in w3c validation, javascript errors, runs your php scripts real-time (really handy!)

So I work between all three, and it works out nice. I've got all three sitting next to eachother in my dock :). BTW, you can download trial versions of all of them, SubEthaEdit is free. BBedit is by far the most feature rich, and costs the most ($80), but IMO is worth it. Hyperedit is only $20...not bad for all the features you get. Hope this helps

01-29-2005, 09:04 PM
A decent text editor is the only thing I miss about Windows. Nothing has yet to come close to UltraEdit. I've been using TextMate, but I still think Ultraedit is many times better.

01-29-2005, 09:24 PM
I miss textpad ... once I have more RAM I'm going to install Virtual Desktop for Mac, so I can pipe into my windows machine and have textpad on the mac :D

01-29-2005, 11:05 PM
I personally like SubEthaEdit. It's the best of those I've tried.

There's some work behind it, but basically everything that can be compiled for Linux-PPC and X11 works in Apple's X11 too (Some things even without modification). You could search out one of the unix text editors to use.

As an example, my favorite text editor on Windows, SciTE, is available as a Mac OS X build for Apple's X11 from <http://homepage.mac.com/atl/tex/>. Since my X11 is broken (due to fiddling without knowing what I'm doing) I haven't been able to test it, but in general X11 apps are not quite as good as they would be as Carbon or Cocoa apps.