I won’t admit this among friends or family but I cut my text editing teeth on EDT back in the day. A few years later the Mac came along and I bounced around from BBEdit to Coda and a few editors in between, including a classic, TextMate.
That’s right, boys and girls, guys and dolls, TextMate, the famous Mac text editor which spent the past few years in some kind of digital hibernation, is back with something new. Yes, this is the same app that won an Apple Design Award for Best OS X Developer Tool. When? 2006. Today, there’s a new version of TextMate, a bit beta still yet, but full of all the deliciousness we knew and loved. As usual, opening TextMate takes you right to… nothing. A blank screen ready for your text.
TextMate comes with about every feature I’ve ever requested in an editor; clipboard history, auto pairing brackets, auto indent, deep search and replace, function pop ups, recordable macros to die for, shell commands that work within a document, syntax highlight themes, and so much more.
If you haven’t used TextMate in awhile then try the latest and be awed by the CSS-like selector system that puts preference into subsets of a file, snippets with tab-like placeholders, and more shell integration than a Dutch oil company.
As usual, too, the real power is in the TextMate menu selection, particularly the bundles.
There’s even spell checking for code strings, word completion, and grep with regular expressions. TextMate is one of the most customizable text editors I’ve ever used and with the right bundles there’s just not much you cannot do (there’s even a built-in bundles editor).
TextMate has been alpha for awhile, but recently became a full-fledged beta, though, so far, I haven’t run into any issues, and the developer says a few more features are planned before the final release.