A kind of environment is needed by anyone who wants to develop his websites, mainly because the functionality that they serve is pretty universal.
For this, there are text editors. Of course, there are umpteen Editors of soaring level present in the technological world to rescue the web developers. But the question is, to choose which diamond from the huge lot.
In this roundup, we categorized different text editors for Mac users. Some of them are for the everyday editing and are free of cost. They are as good as the paid ones and doesn’t compromise on the quality. Have a look below at the excellent list of top text editors ideal for the ones who want to bathe in the glow of their Mac screens.
A free, modern and open source editor, maintained by Adobe. It is a lightweight yet powerful text editor. Brackets’ unique “Extract” feature basically allows the user to grab font, measurements, colors, gradients, etc., from a PSD file into a clean CSS ready for web usage. Its other main feature, i.e. “Inline Editor”, gives the independence of opening a window into the code you want the most. This consumes time as well as looks more user-friendly. It is absolutely free and can be used on other platforms like Windows and Linux.
GitHub, being a worldwide choice for development sites in recent years, maintains a tool named Atom. Though it is the new one to join the army of excellent text editors, still it has managed to be in the eyes of the developers and make a strong mark. It has a massive user-submitted package library which includes a file system browser, multiple panes and snippets, fuzzy search, quick code folding and a lot more. It works on OSX 10.8 or later. It is free tool also designed for Windows 7 & 8 and Linux.
3. Sublime Text:
If it is a flexible, powerful, lightning-fast programming text editor what you are looking for, then Sublime text is the best out of the lot for you. It provides probably the best interface and has one of the search engines out there. Powerful shortcuts and tools are the key features of Sublime Text. It also has a regent plugin API, making it highly customizable to suit the needs of almost anyone. Although, the full version of the tool is paid, yet the free evaluation period is virtually unlimited, which can be enjoyed for as long as you like. It is available on all the three platforms, i.e. Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux.
BBEdit by Bare Bones has been in the market for over 20 years. It provides numerous pro level features for creating, editing and manipulating text. Its old age doesn’t mean that it is not capable of keeping pace with the newborns in the market. It is still a fast, advanced and a popular one among the users. It allows commanding files, folders, texts and servers all within one software. Recent updates in the application have added text suggestions which come helpful in reading the document. All this comes at a price of $49.99, which is worth this kind of beauty.
This is a tool which has been pride for Apple since a long time. TextMate basically puts forward the use of UNIX command console in a neat and easy to use GUI. Features like search and replace within project, auto-indentation, column selection, word completion from current document, dynamic outlines, regular expression support, etc., are provided in this tool. XCode projects can also be built in the tool as it provides full XCode support. It is a free application.
The tool for the pros at text editing is without any doubt, MacVim. Due to its high-tech nature, the app is pretty difficult to understand for the newbies, but if you really want to cling on to text editing, this is the “chosen one” for you. The most unique thing about this software is its bringing of standard OS X keyboard shortcuts, lessening the learning curve quite a bit. There are transparent backgrounds and full-screen mode for distraction-free coding. It is available for all the platforms and comes free at hand.
We know that there are many text editing tools and applications out in the market. But the above are the ones which we’ve liked and thought that our readers would believe the same.