Rare milestone in competitive Mac marketplace
April 12th marks 20 years exactly since Bare Bones Software announced the first public release of BBEdit, its programmer-oriented text editor that was originally offered for free and ran on the Mac's System 6 and System 7 OS versions. Remarkably, the program is still the text editor of choice for many developers and web coders, with the same lead developer. The company has noted the occasion by releasing version 4.0 of BBEdit's "little brother," Text Wrangler.
Originally announced in 2006, still popular
Users of the still-available TextMate text editor have waited a long time for this day. Over five years ago, a 2.0 release of the popular hand-coding application was announced, following the program's debut two years earlier. Following a complete rewrite of the program, developer Allan Odgaard has finally released a "public alpha" of TextMate 2.0, available only to current TextMate license holders and requiring an Intel Mac.
App has line numbering, spell checker, encoding
Mr. Fridge Software is launching a new text editor, Tincta 1.0. The one-window app focuses on speed and ease of use, with syntax coloring supporting 65 languages, line numbering with wrapping and live search onboard in the inaugural version. Other features include full encoding support, search and replace with highlighting, invisible character support and a spell checker.
New version supports attaching scripts to events
Bare Bones has released an update to its HTML and text editor, BBEdit 9.5. BBEdit is geared toward both web authors and software developers for manipulating, editing and searching HTML and text. It has professional tools like grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files -- including unopened files on remote servers, syntax coloring, Apple and Unix script support and code completion. It also syncs preferences and Application Support folders across multiple Macs via MobileMe.
TapeDeck, Disc Cover
HoudahGeo 2.3 ($30) enables users to link photos to the location where they were taken, and supports writing that information to EXIF tags or publishing it to Google Earth. Users simply "pin" photos to their respective locations, and doesn't require a digital camera with built-in GPS capability or even a GPS device. The new release now fully supports viewing directions. The viewing direction can be added automatically from a compass enabled GPS or manually. A new German localization has also been added along side a new help book and other enhancements. [Download - 5.7MB]
TextSoap 6.3 ($28 until Sept.9th, $40 reg.) is a text processing utility that uses find and replace commands not only to change words, but also copy formatting throughout a document. Along with a full features text editor, TextSoap also integrates with popular applications such as Apple Mail, TextEdit, MS Word, Coda and more. The new update includes support for Snow Leopard and also now uses the Automator framework, which should result in improved performance. A new scripting command has also been added which can convert clipboard contents to plain text. [Download - 5.0MB]
EasyBatch 1.4 ($18) provides users with a set of tools that let them scale, resize, rotate, covert, rename and add watermarks to groups of images. The application also offers options for adjusting resizing smoothness, JPEG compression, preserving EXIF data, interlacing PNG's, and more. The latest release has added threading support for multi-core computers, along with additional renaming options, and some small interface changes. [Download - 0.94MB]
Ulysses 2 update
The Soulmen has released Ulysses 2.0, an update to the text editor for Macs, previously owned by the Blue Technologies Group. The software provides an interface with integrated notepads and a document browser as well as includes project management tools with filtering features. The latest update delivers a revamped interface with new project templates, an unfilled filter for displaying documents which are not located within a collection, and a document trash that holds all deleted files for viewing, while enabling them to be restored if necessary.
Web Dumper, MediaLink
Sync'Em 1.2 ($50) is an application for syncing Exchange, Google and Apple contact and calendar information. The update has added extra options to the applications uninstaller which can be helpful with a later reinstall. Users will also find a few interface enhancements, a fix for a syncing issue that could cause the application to hang and a a work around for a problem with unhandled exceptions in OS X's Sync Services. [Download - 16.1MB]
iCalScreenSaver ($10) turns iCal appointments into a screensaver that helps remind users of upcoming events. There are four different themes users can choose from for customizing their screensaver, along with options for selecting which calendars to take events from, and the ability to set events as private. [Download - Purchase Required]
Bare Bones updates BBEdit
BBEdit updated to 9.0.1
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 9.0.1, adding two new features and a large number of bugfixes to the Mac-based code and text editor. The update adds the command "Open in additional window" to browser windows, in addition to the original View menu, and adds toolbar visibility tracking to project documents. Version 9.0.1 also features 49 documented bugfixes.