updated 11:00 am EST, Tue February 25, 2003
Bare Bones Software today shipped , a new product for general purpose text editing and processing of data. The application serves as an editor for composing and modifying plain text and text-oriented data, including Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16) files and most non-Roman single-byte files. TextWrangler includes an integrated spell checker and an assortment of character formatting commands. It supports editing of remote files (via FTP), multi-file search/replace with optional PCRE, a plug-in architecture and an array of built-in text transformation functions as well as integration with Project Builder. It is available for Mac OS 9/X for $50.
The company describes TextWrangler as "a powerful yet budget-priced text editor. This sets it apart from BBEdit, in that the latter is a text editor of no less power, but that text editing is provided as a core capability of a professional software-development and Web authoring tool."
Other features include Syntax coloring and function navigation for ANSI C, C++, and Objective-C; Sort Lines and Process Duplicate Lines plug-ins offer grep pattern support for sorting, extracting, and handling text; and the ability to integrate TextWrangler with Unix tools and scripts on Mac OS X, by means of the "edit" command-line tool.