TextWrangler free “text engine for the Mac community” upgraded to v4.0

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Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of TextWrangler 4.0, a major upgrade to its high performance, general purpose text editor for Mac OS X (one of my favorite OS X productivity apps, which also happens to be freeware). It’s an understatement to say TextWrangler is one of the outstanding bargains in the Mac software canon for those of us who need or like or both to work with plain text.

TextWrangler 4 promises to be the best TextWrangler yet (and it has big boots to fill), adding new editing and disk browser window layouts, switchable syntax color schemes, and seamless preservation of open documents on relaunch.

In addition, TextWrangler 4 also includes a completely redesigned Preferences window, a new Setup window, a streamlined filtering and automation interface, new support for Verilog and VHDL, and a new modeless “Open File by Name” feature with efficient search-as-you-type results as well as a slate of other significant performance and user interface enhancements.

In TextWrangler 4, the new editing window now presents a streamlined layout with easy, direct access to both open and recent documents. When run on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), TextWrangler 4 also supports “Full-screen” mode and “any edge” window resizing. Full screen mode is not my cup of tea, but whatever floats your boat.

More potentially useful IMHO is that upon  quitting, TextWrangler 4 will now automatically remember the contents of unsaved documents, and restore them the next time the program is launched.

The new TextWrangler 4  Preferences window has been “completely re-imagined,” to use Bare Bones Software’s terminology, and makes customization easier than ever. For example, a new “Text Colors” preference panel now makes it easy to create and switch between different color schemes. In addition, a new Setup window provides a central location to manage configuration, including FTP/SFTP bookmarks, grep patterns and file filters.

Access to text filters and scripts is now streamlined, plus TextWrangler 4 now has the ability to treat AppleScripts, Automator actions and Unix scripts as co-equal, and all may be used as text filters or run directly as scripts. Sweet. I love AppleScript and Automator.

Look for our full TextWrangler 4.0 review soon.

Detailed information on changes and improvements implemented in TextWrangler 4 can be found at the BareBones website.

TextWrangler 4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (10.6.8, or 10.7.3 or later recommended). All Mac OS X users may download TextWrangler 4 free of charge from the Mac App Store or the Bare Bones Software website.

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  • Kuipo

    Nice to see they are still supporting the app. I find that I rarely use it anymore after switching to Sublime Text 2 though. They each have their pros and cons, but this looks like a nice update.