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BBEdit 10.1.1

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Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.1.1, a worthwhile update to the beefy HTML and text editor whose few feature changes revolve around the program’s Projects and Open File By Name features. The numerous small changes and bug fixes are individually too minor to get into here (a new Command-/ keyboard shortcut linked to the Un/Comment Selection command for consistency with Xcode is a good example), but it’s well worth reading the comprehensive release notes if you’re a dedicated BBEdit user. If nothing else, they are a good glimpse into just how fussy it is to write professional-level software these days — can you imagine tracking down crashes caused by a bug in the old Flip video codec or by using a font with defective font metrics? ($49.99 new from Bare Bones or the Mac App Store, free update, 7.2 MB, release notes)

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BBEdit, from Bare Bones Software, is the preeminent text editor on the Mac thanks to its deep, powerful feature set. With this 199-page ebook, created in collaboration with Bare Bones, you'll learn how to take advantage of BBEdit's most powerful features whether you use BBEdit for prose, HTML, or code.

 

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Comments about BBEdit 10.1.1
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Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-01-10 11:33
I like pie (see release notes).