BBEdit Still My Plain Text Editor of Choice For Source Code, HTML, etc
BareBones Software BBEdit (now at version 14) is one of those indispensible applications that everyday users do not need, but anyone who uses it as I do would go crazy without it. Hence the “professional’s choice” description is apt.
Heck, even everday users would do well to learn a plain-text editor for all sorts of formatting tasks. But that’s another topic.
And unlike Apple software, it never sucks and never has and presumably never will.
I edit a lot of plain text in the course of my work: source code, HTML, etc. I also regularly use regular expressions to massage plain text and HTML into shape, search/replace, etc. And sometimes dealing with Microsoft Excel, Apple Mail or other programs demands converting to plain text in a way those programs can’t handle. And then there is high speed performance both while editing and for search and replace stuff.
Thus a good plain text editor is essential for what I do.
BBEdit ranks up their in my top-3 most-used tools, every day, day in and day out, #1 when working with source code and html. And for real geeks, the BBEdit folks even have optional command line tools in addition to the superbly useful app.