Regular Boomer readers know I have a collection of Mac text editors. Not the word processor kind. Text editors that create and edit code for various programs. I won’t admit this among friends or family but I cut my text editing teeth on EDT back in the last century.
A few years later the Mac came along and I bounced around from BBEdit to Coda and a few editors in between, including a much beloved 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? Back in 2006. As of late last week there’s a new version of TextMate, this one an RC, or ‘release candidate,’ but full of all the deliciousness we knew and loved from back in the day.
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, a feature not found in every text editor.
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 is now at version 2.0.rc.8, which means release may be near. Perhaps in the next year or so.