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]
Smarter Parental Controls
If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.
To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.