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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.

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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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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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Mini Diary

Mini Diary helps you make sense of all those thoughts churning in your mind every day. It doesn’t have a lot of features but it covers the basics: search, calendar, bold, italic, lists and word count. Plus it is password protected. Jump in and spill.

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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.

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Text editors

Mini Diary

Mini Diary helps you make sense of all those thoughts churning in your mind every day. It doesn’t have a lot of features but it covers the basics: search, calendar, bold, italic, lists and word count. Plus it is password protected. Jump in and spill.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Mini Diary

Mini Diary helps you make sense of all those thoughts churning in your mind every day. It doesn’t have a lot of features but it covers the basics: search, calendar, bold, italic, lists and word count. Plus it is password protected. Jump in and spill.

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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.

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