Aug. 10th, 2011

BBEdit 10

Aug. 10th, 2011 01:14 pm
kareila: "Mom, I'm hungry." "Hush, I'm coding. You ate yesterday." (coding)
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When I was employed full-time, I was upgrading with every major release, but I stuck with BBEdit 8.7 and skipped the entire version 9 series. So this is quite a jump for me. In order to install it, I had to finally upgrade my laptop to Snow Leopard first, which was a whole other thing - you can read there if the details interest you!

Requirements: Mac OS 10.6.8 or greater; Intel hardware only.

Pricing: Cheaper for new users! When I last recommended BBEdit two years ago, commercial pricing was $125 and edu/upgrade pricing hovered around $40-50. With this release, retail price is now $50 and upgrade price is $40; until October 19, 2011, the $40 price is available for new purchases as well. The price is the same whether you purchase the application via the Mac App Store or through the BBEdit website.

I decided to purchase via the App Store, so that I could more easily manage upgrades and licensing on multiple machines. However, there is one important caveat that I didn't realize ahead of time: due to Apple's restrictions, the version of BBEdit sold through the App Store does not support authenticated saves. I recall having used this feature occasionally in the past when editing system configuration files. I probably won't miss it (there's always sudo emacs), but I would have appreciated being aware of the difference ahead of time. The App Store version also requires that the command line utilities be downloaded and installed separately.

(It looks like version 10.0.1 just dropped while I was looking up page links for the above paragraph. Bugfixes only; I'm downloading that now.)

New Features: The primary change I'm excited about is the updated interface for managing open files, and the ability to automatically reopen whichever files were still open when the application was last quit. (I know, all apps are doing that in Lion, but I've wanted it for BBEdit specifically for a while.)

Read more... )

In short, I've found a few surprises, but it's still fundamentally the same BBEdit I know and love with some welcome improvements.


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