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BBEdit 8.0 offers improved navigation, previews, more

updated 11:45 am EDT, Mon August 30, 2004

BareBones ships BBEdit 8.0

Bare Bones Software today announced the release of , a major update to its HTML and text editor. BBEdit 8.0 introduces over one hundred new features and improvements, including a new Documents Drawer and Navigation Bar interface, new Text Factories for automating text processing, improved previews through integration with Apache, numerous enhancements to the product's signature HTML markup tools, improved Unicode support, integrated support for Perforce, and more. It is available now for $180 with upgrade pricing starting at $50.

"BBEdit has always provided deep HTML and text editing capabilities
with a clean interface," said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare
Bones Software, Inc. "For version 8.0, we have distilled our years
of Mac development experience and customer feedback into a set of
exciting new features to enhance our customers' productivity."

BBEdit 8.0 introduces new interface options to allow multiple
documents to be opened into a single window, and to provide easy,
efficient navigation between multiple open documents. The Documents
Drawer presents a list of open documents in a given editing window,
and switches to another document with a single keystroke or mouse
gesture. The Navigation Bar works alone, or in concert with the
Documents Drawer, to provide an alternate interface for switching
between documents in a window while conserving screen real estate.

Building on BBEdit's text processing and transformation
abilities, the new Text Factory feature now, for the first time,
provides a mechanism to apply BBEdit's powerful arsenal of tools
across multiple files and folders, quickly and easily. Text
Factories allow the BBEdit customer to create a list of individual
text-processing operations, and apply them in order and with
corresponding options, over a designated document, or set of
documents and folders. No scripting or programming is necessary to
create a Text Factory. A Text Factory may run in the background, may
include AppleScripts or Unix scripts, and may be saved for future

Version 8.0 incorporates significant advances to BBEdit's signature
HTML markup tools, including enhanced CSS markup tools and a more
flexible HTML syntax checker with support for "exclusion zones" and
partial-document checking. The new HTML Preview Server support allows users to preview pages which require server-side processing before
rendering. It leverages Mac OS X's built-in Apache webserver to quickly display a live preview of executed code. A newly integrated HTML Tidy tool formats and cleans up HTML code, and can be used to convert between HTML and XHTML.

BBEdit 8.0 features enhanced support for editing and processing Unicode text files, and can now work with documents written in
multiple Unicode-represented languages.

BBEdit's multi-file search and replace capabilities have been enhanced in version 8.0 to support the searching of multiple discrete files and folders as selected by the customer. Multiple multi-file search and replace operations now run as background tasks, leaving the application usable for other

Bare Bones also included integration with the Perforce Fast Software Configuration Management System (SCM). It allows BBEdit 8.0 customers to perform
Perforce functions within BBEdit. Perforce, a leading commercial version
control system, is used in large and small enterprises for
multi-file updates, concurrent development, and managing multiple
software releases.

BBEdit 8.0 also offers additional integration with the Unix command-line environment, including enhancements to the "bbedit" command-line tool, a new
"bbdiff" tool for invoking BBEdit's powerful "Find Differences,"
support for Perl debugging using the Affrus enviroment from Late
Night Software, and integration with Exuberant Ctags for source-code
indexing and navigation.

Through October 31, 2004, BBEdit 8.0 is available at an introductory price of $180, with a suggested retail price of $200 thereafter. Anyone who purchased BBEdit on or after June 1, 2004 is eligible to receive a free upgrade. Upgrades from version 7.x are $50, while owners of older versions can upgrade for $60.

by MacNN Staff



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