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]
Type an em-dash on an iPhone
Typography and punctuation geeks rejoice! It's easy to type an em-dash on the iPhone's or iPod touch's virtual keyboard. To do so, tap the .?123 key to switch to the numeric keypad. Then touch and hold on the Hyphen key to reveal a pop-up strip showing an em-dash. Slide to the em-dash and release your finger.
Note that this basic trick works with many other keys on the virtual keyboard.