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AbiWord

This alternative word processor has many of the features, but less of the bloat, found in Microsoft Word. It can read and write industry standard document types, and is able to put together quite a spiffy layout.

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Atom

Open source text editor from GitHub is “hackable to the core.” Supports themes for customized look and feel, plus modules can be added for various types of development work. Designed to be easy to learn.

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Bean

An open source word processor that does more than TextEdit and is much speedier than Office-style software. (No longer being actively developed.)

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Brackets

Open source code editor for the web from Adobe still in the early stages, but with the promise of lots of development. Built with HTML, CSS and javascript. Easily extensible.

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CotEditor

Text editor features syntax colouring for 26 languages, powerful find and replace including regular expressions, outline menu, split views, macros and keybindings.

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Eddie

Ideal for C++/Obj-C development using makefiles and shell tools but can also be used with Xcode projects. Equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.

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Growly Write

A simple — but not too simple — app for people who want a word processor with the features they actually use. Everything is easy to find in a format panel that includes a multitude of features.

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Left

Distraction-free editor allows you to place markers in your text, which show up in a side panel. Comes with an inline thesaurus.

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LibreOffice

Developers unhappy with the turn taken by OpenOffice.org when it was acquired by Oracle set off to create their own open source office suite — and the result is LibreOffice. The About Us section notes that it is based on the principle of developers “sharing their work with the world in a non-restrictive way.” A dig at Oracle? In any case, it’s worth checking and comparing if OpenOffice hasn’t been meeting your expectations.

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LittleIpsum

Latin text generator sits in the menu bar, ready for you to choose how many words, sentences or paragraphs you want, then paste them into your document. Can be wrapped in HTML tags.

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Loremify

This slick menu bar app provides lorem-ipsum dummy text for your writing and coding projects. Choose between plain, HTML and markdown text. Sliders allow you to choose the amount of text you need in the form of headers, paragraphs, lists and articles.

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MacDown

Open source markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT license, heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. Features highly customisable markdown rendering, syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks, sophisticated auto-completion.

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Noto

General-purpose text editor supports extensive encoding, multi-selection indentation, invisible characters and iCloud Drive integration.

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Sublime Text

Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose has a slick user interface and features goto anything, multiple selections, a command palette, distraction-free mode, split editing and instant project switch. A licence is required for continued use, but there is no time limit for evaluation.

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TeXShop/MacTeX

An editor for writing TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX, that comes bundled with the MacTeX distribution. LaTeX is widely used by mathematicians, scientists, philosopers and scholars because of its ability to create complex typography and formulas.

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Text Tools

Gain handy access to text functions regardless of the application you’re using. Tools include tables, lists, links, ruler, strikethrough and copy-and-paste styles.

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TextWrangler

Bare Bones has updated TextWrangler and is making it free. It’s got a lot more features than BBEdit Lite, so why not go for it. But watch out — you may find yourself wanting to upgrade to the wonderful BBEdit.

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Uno

Text editor has some unusual features that may give it a niche among Mac users. Examples: the ability to set a window to stay on top of others, appearance controls, live word and character counts in the top right, split view and notes.

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WordService

Add a number of services to your free TextEdit, along with Nisus Thesaurus, and you’ve pretty much got a free, full-featured text editor. Find a bunch of other freeware you might like at the WordService website.

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Growly Write

A simple — but not too simple — app for people who want a word processor with the features they actually use. Everything is easy to find in a format panel that includes a multitude of features.

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Noto

General-purpose text editor supports extensive encoding, multi-selection indentation, invisible characters and iCloud Drive integration.

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Left

Distraction-free editor allows you to place markers in your text, which show up in a side panel. Comes with an inline thesaurus.

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Loremify

This slick menu bar app provides lorem-ipsum dummy text for your writing and coding projects. Choose between plain, HTML and markdown text. Sliders allow you to choose the amount of text you need in the form of headers, paragraphs, lists and articles.

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MacDown

Open source markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT license, heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. Features highly customisable markdown rendering, syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks, sophisticated auto-completion.

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CotEditor

Text editor features syntax colouring for 26 languages, powerful find and replace including regular expressions, outline menu, split views, macros and keybindings.

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Atom

Open source text editor from GitHub is “hackable to the core.” Supports themes for customized look and feel, plus modules can be added for various types of development work. Designed to be easy to learn.

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LittleIpsum

Latin text generator sits in the menu bar, ready for you to choose how many words, sentences or paragraphs you want, then paste them into your document. Can be wrapped in HTML tags.

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Sublime Text

Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose has a slick user interface and features goto anything, multiple selections, a command palette, distraction-free mode, split editing and instant project switch. A licence is required for continued use, but there is no time limit for evaluation.

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Brackets

Open source code editor for the web from Adobe still in the early stages, but with the promise of lots of development. Built with HTML, CSS and javascript. Easily extensible.

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Uno

Text editor has some unusual features that may give it a niche among Mac users. Examples: the ability to set a window to stay on top of others, appearance controls, live word and character counts in the top right, split view and notes.

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Text Tools

Gain handy access to text functions regardless of the application you’re using. Tools include tables, lists, links, ruler, strikethrough and copy-and-paste styles.

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LibreOffice

Developers unhappy with the turn taken by OpenOffice.org when it was acquired by Oracle set off to create their own open source office suite — and the result is LibreOffice. The About Us section notes that it is based on the principle of developers “sharing their work with the world in a non-restrictive way.” A dig at Oracle? In any case, it’s worth checking and comparing if OpenOffice hasn’t been meeting your expectations.

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TeXShop/MacTeX

An editor for writing TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX, that comes bundled with the MacTeX distribution. LaTeX is widely used by mathematicians, scientists, philosopers and scholars because of its ability to create complex typography and formulas.

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Bean

An open source word processor that does more than TextEdit and is much speedier than Office-style software. (No longer being actively developed.)

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Eddie

Ideal for C++/Obj-C development using makefiles and shell tools but can also be used with Xcode projects. Equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.

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AbiWord

This alternative word processor has many of the features, but less of the bloat, found in Microsoft Word. It can read and write industry standard document types, and is able to put together quite a spiffy layout.

Download site Text

WordService

Add a number of services to your free TextEdit, along with Nisus Thesaurus, and you’ve pretty much got a free, full-featured text editor. Find a bunch of other freeware you might like at the WordService website.

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TextWrangler

Bare Bones has updated TextWrangler and is making it free. It’s got a lot more features than BBEdit Lite, so why not go for it. But watch out — you may find yourself wanting to upgrade to the wonderful BBEdit.

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Text editors

Atom

Open source text editor from GitHub is “hackable to the core.” Supports themes for customized look and feel, plus modules can be added for various types of development work. Designed to be easy to learn.

Download site Text

Brackets

Open source code editor for the web from Adobe still in the early stages, but with the promise of lots of development. Built with HTML, CSS and javascript. Easily extensible.

Download site Text

CotEditor

Text editor features syntax colouring for 26 languages, powerful find and replace including regular expressions, outline menu, split views, macros and keybindings.

Download site Text

Eddie

Ideal for C++/Obj-C development using makefiles and shell tools but can also be used with Xcode projects. Equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.

Download site Text

Left

Distraction-free editor allows you to place markers in your text, which show up in a side panel. Comes with an inline thesaurus.

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MacDown

Open source markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT license, heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. Features highly customisable markdown rendering, syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks, sophisticated auto-completion.

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Noto

General-purpose text editor supports extensive encoding, multi-selection indentation, invisible characters and iCloud Drive integration.

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Sublime Text

Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose has a slick user interface and features goto anything, multiple selections, a command palette, distraction-free mode, split editing and instant project switch. A licence is required for continued use, but there is no time limit for evaluation.

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TextWrangler

Bare Bones has updated TextWrangler and is making it free. It’s got a lot more features than BBEdit Lite, so why not go for it. But watch out — you may find yourself wanting to upgrade to the wonderful BBEdit.

Download site Text

Uno

Text editor has some unusual features that may give it a niche among Mac users. Examples: the ability to set a window to stay on top of others, appearance controls, live word and character counts in the top right, split view and notes.

Download site Text

Text tools

LittleIpsum

Latin text generator sits in the menu bar, ready for you to choose how many words, sentences or paragraphs you want, then paste them into your document. Can be wrapped in HTML tags.

Download site Text

Loremify

This slick menu bar app provides lorem-ipsum dummy text for your writing and coding projects. Choose between plain, HTML and markdown text. Sliders allow you to choose the amount of text you need in the form of headers, paragraphs, lists and articles.

Download site Text

TeXShop/MacTeX

An editor for writing TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX, that comes bundled with the MacTeX distribution. LaTeX is widely used by mathematicians, scientists, philosopers and scholars because of its ability to create complex typography and formulas.

Download site Text

Text Tools

Gain handy access to text functions regardless of the application you’re using. Tools include tables, lists, links, ruler, strikethrough and copy-and-paste styles.

Download site Text

WordService

Add a number of services to your free TextEdit, along with Nisus Thesaurus, and you’ve pretty much got a free, full-featured text editor. Find a bunch of other freeware you might like at the WordService website.

Download site Text

Word processors

AbiWord

This alternative word processor has many of the features, but less of the bloat, found in Microsoft Word. It can read and write industry standard document types, and is able to put together quite a spiffy layout.

Download site Text

Bean

An open source word processor that does more than TextEdit and is much speedier than Office-style software. (No longer being actively developed.)

Download site Text

Growly Write

A simple — but not too simple — app for people who want a word processor with the features they actually use. Everything is easy to find in a format panel that includes a multitude of features.

Download site Text

LibreOffice

Developers unhappy with the turn taken by OpenOffice.org when it was acquired by Oracle set off to create their own open source office suite — and the result is LibreOffice. The About Us section notes that it is based on the principle of developers “sharing their work with the world in a non-restrictive way.” A dig at Oracle? In any case, it’s worth checking and comparing if OpenOffice hasn’t been meeting your expectations.

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