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BBEdit 11.5

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.5 with over 150 additions, refinements, and fixes. The venerable text editor updates the Find Differences feature with a streamlined dialog box, a new folder-comparison option (which lists only items in the results that exist in the two selected folders), a new Differences setting in Text Colors preferences, and Synchro Scrolling turned on by default for Differences windows. These changes are highly welcome for those who use Find Differences frequently.

The update also brings the option to use iCloud Drive for sharing application support and setup items (as well as using it for a shared backup folder), adds Start Speaking and Paste & Match Indentation commands to the Edit menu, splits the Un/Comment command into two commands (Un/Comment Lines and Un/Comment Block), indicates documents with unsaved changes with a ring around the close widget in the sidebar, improves performance in the computations for soft-wrapping text, and fixes a bug where autosaved document data would be lost if the application crashed or was forcibly quit. The lengthy release notes are as helpfully descriptive as ever, and include the occasional bit of snark that Barebones has become known for.

Did you know that you could set BBEdit up to use the Escape key to trigger completions? That’s OK, nobody else did either.

BBEdit now requires OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks or later, and it is fully compatible with 10.11 El Capitan. ($49.99, free update, 11.6 MB, release notes, 10.9.5+)

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