BBEdit 6.0 Improves Powerful Text Editing -- Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 6.0, the company's flagship text editor and HTML authoring tool. The new version supports editing of multi-byte text and recognizes Web language specifications for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, and WML 1.1 for use with its markup tools. HTML authors can now access improved Web-safe color palettes and insert and edit commands using contextual menus. BBEdit's sophisticated search and replace feature incorporates improvements for working with multiple files, including filtering for several criteria. BBEdit 6.0 also improves its OSA scripting support, introduces a plug-in architecture for developers looking to customize syntax highlighting and functions, and adds other refinements such as Apple Keychain support and multiple clipboards. Upgrades are available in several forms: those who bought BBEdit 5.x after 01-Jun-00 can upgrade for free; owners of BBEdit 2.5 and later can get it for $39 directly from Bare Bones Software; and a cross-upgrade price of $79 applies to owners of competing and complementary products (see the Bare Bones Web site for a list). The full retail price is $119. A 5 MB demo is also available. [JLC]
Copy Before Submitting Web Forms
Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.