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What's New in BBEdit 14

2 days ago

Created a post 285 points @chmaynard

What's New in BBEdit 14

@ilovecaching 2 days

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I use BBEdit and love the editor (esp. love the new LSP support), but have hated the name and the icon for a long time. I have all these beautiful macOS icons, and then there's BBedit with it's weird acronym name and encyclopedia looking icon. Maybe it's time for a rebranding for the next generation!

But seriously, BBEdit IMO beats out VSCode for speed and stability by a mile if you're a macOS user. And you're supporting a much smaller company than Microsoft.

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@Account123481-x 2 days

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I can't believe this thing still has legs.

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@_venkatasg 2 days

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LSP is game-changing. I had made a bunch of clippings to work with for TeX and Python, and this obviates the need for most of those :)

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@talentedcoin 2 days

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Can someone here explain to me the appeal of BBEdit? I’ve tried using it several times but it never clicked with me. (I’m an Emacs user.)

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@alberth 2 days

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You gotta love how on their website they have the "Made with BBEdit" icon in the footer.

https://www.barebones.com/images/BuiltWithBBEdit.jpg

Brings back memories of when all websites did this and included Netscape/IE/etc icon banners.

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@chipotle_coyote 2 days

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For those curious, I wrote a review the other day called "BBEdit 14, and why you should care":

https://micro.coyotetracks.org/2021/07/19/bbedit-and-why.htm...

(And yes, I know many of you may have valid reasons not to care, but I was aiming mostly at Mac users who think "oh, I remember BBEdit" but haven't used it in a decade or more.)

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@winrid 2 days

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Curious, that's a pretty valuable domain name nowadays, right?

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@nickm12 2 days

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the release notes yet. I've always thought that Bare Bones' release notes read like a love letter to their customers. I love the little bits of humor and personal touches in them too.

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@mistrial9 2 days

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how can one author say "I have spent more than a thousand productive hours using your product" ?

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@racl101 2 days

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Great, solid, reliable editor. Great documentation.

And don't sleep on the diff tool bbdiff. For text diffing it's pretty fucking good.

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@jmull 2 days

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I should probably switch back to BBEdit for my daily editor. It's the editor I reach for when I hit one of the cases that chokes my other editors.

I guess it would already be my daily editor except for some gaps.

LSP probably closes one main gap for me. Now that I'm looking I see some other gaps are also closed.

(Though a remaining big gap is that I have to do a lot of work on Windows and some on Linux, and I'd rather not have two different daily editors.)

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@ibic 2 days

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Saw this editor names several times before, but never used it. Out of curiosity, how does it compare to Sublime Text?

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@cytzol 2 days

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Thanks to using BBEdit for a decade now, I get bitterly disappointed whenever I re-open an application and it doesn't restore the windows and state it had when it closed. I've tried switching to both Emacs and Vim, but no amount of configuration nor third-party plugins could get them to work like this effectively. BBEdit works exactly how I want it to work out of the box, and I commend it for that.

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@baggy_trough 2 days

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Wonder if it can be made to work as nicely as TextMate for ruby/rails work.

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@haroldp 2 days

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> We know that many of our customers create a lot of untitled documents for quick note-taking, and rely on BBEdit's legendary stability and robust crash recovery to protect their work. We've added a new "Notes" feature in BBEdit 14...

Ooh, guilty as charged. I see an "Untitled text 931". It's a list of hostnames. "Untitled text 107" is a Beef & Broccoli recipe.

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@tempodox 2 days

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Instabuy. BBEdit is the one app that has been on every Mac I've ever owned, since the 1990s in fact. No other Mac app I know has existed that long. It has always been rock solid and reasonably priced. I happily buy upgrades when they come out every few years. Thank you, Bare Bones, for staying the course!

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@mistersquid 2 days

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BBEdit has the best regular expression engine second only maybe to Perl.

BBEdit is the bees knees!

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@mego22 2 days

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Ah BBEdit, the first editor that stole my heart!

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@rubyist5eva 2 days

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I switched to Nova about 6 months ago - great editor and development seems supercharged compared to BBEdit.

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@macrael 2 days

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LSP is a game changer simultaneously raising our expectations for a code editor and lowering the bar for editors to get there.

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@DJBunnies 2 days

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Holy cow, this the same BBEdit I used as a teenager with System 7.

Incredible. Makes me nostalgic for resource forks & resedit.

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@jfb 2 days

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I really wish it supported keyboard rebinding. I really wish this. I would happily pay for it, over and over again, but the tab key behaviour when editing structured text is just ... wrong.

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@kasperset 2 days

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I miss multiple cursor on non-contiguous text with BBEdit. I feel like this feature should be standard. I was blown by that feature when I saw it first on Sublime text.

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