Thursday, March 07, 2013

On my Mac…TextWrangler Text Editor

TextWrangler

Textwrangler icon

You would think in these days of high-end graphics, fancy fonts, desktop publishing and the World Wide Web,  you wouldn't have much need for a "simple" text editor. The fact is, though, I find myself using (and needing) one almost every day. The fact is, underlying all of these new technology are a lot of simple text files that are better edited in a text editor than something fancier like MS Word. Word processors can insert hidden code and other cruft that can lead to esoteric troubles when cutting and pasting into web sites and blog posts. TextWrangler gives me the tools to clean up text and make quick and dirty HTML edits quickly and easily. It even has direct FTP capabilities that allow me to upload and download HTML files directly from/to my web server.

Programmers will find even more tools inside TextWrangler, including color highlighting of code, indentation and more.

Free

From the Macintosh App Store...

"TextWrangler is the leading freeware text and code editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. An intelligent interface provides easy access to TextWrangler's best-of-class features, including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, code folding, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Mac OS X Unix scripting support, and much more."

Textwrangler screen

Previously in On My Mac...

On My Mac/Windows PC is an on-going series highlighting the software (and sometimes, hardware) I use on my Mac nearly every day. Look for additional On My Mac…posts in the coming weeks! -- Douglas

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