Smultron

Awhile back there was a ruckus about BBEdit 8.0. BBEdit has rightfully gained a loyal following. I personally used it to code this site and still have the freeware version kicking around on my hard drive.

But frankly, I’ve never felt comfortable with BBEdit. It’s a great text editor but it seemed a bit stark as well as entirely overpowered (if that’s possible) for a hack like me. So the search began for a decent text editor that I could live with and would hopefully be free.

The first one to catch my eye was Web Minimalist which is a freakin’ awesome little app for hand coding web pages. I used it for a site or two with no problems.

Then I stumbled over Smultron and Oh Baby! It’s definitely not the most powerful text editor out there but it totally hit my sweet spot. Syntax colouring, code snippets, advanced find and replace and, the crowning glory: projects.

Now all this pants wetting over a little app like this might be a bit much but really, in this case, it’s not how much it can do but how well it can fit into my way of working. And it fits nicely thank you very much.

The only quibble? I have to save the document before previewing. On-the-fly preview for the next rev, please.

posted at - 9:30 pm - 11/23/2004

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