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BBEdit Update


Everyone's favourite text editor has been updated to version BBEdit 13.1.

The release notes describe all the changes in detail.

Updated Markdown support

BBEdit has built-in support for cmark as well as "classic" Markdown (Gruber's original script). In addition, if you have Discount, MultiMarkdown, cmark-gfm, or Pandoc installed, BBEdit can use those as well. If a particular tool is not installed, its corresponding option on the menu is disabled.

There's a new command on the Text menu: "Run Unix Command". This opens a sheet into which you can enter a Unix command line, and choose where the output goes, this can be extremely useful for quick (or simple) "one shot" Unix commands that aren't worth the effort of writing a filter.

Added language-specific settings for Python, to provide explicit control over, which Python to use (python or python3, or a custom one of your choosing), whether to allow the document's "#!" line to override the choice of interpreter and whether to use flake8 for syntax checking.

And a number of other new features for tidying text and HTML.

I also liked reading amount the bug fixes

Fixed weirdness in the Pattern Playground window when making certain edits in the search pattern field. (I'm sure that the people who wrote NSTextView can explain why it does that, but probably nobody else can.)


Easy Markdown updated


Easy Markdown has been updated to version 1.8.

A text written in Markdown is a plain text which looks correctly to humans as text and automatically translates in a correctly web pages coded in html. In Easy Markdown the window is split in two parts. As you type plain text on the left, you see on the right the resulting web page as it will be seen on the web.

There are many other Markdown editors here detailed here


Markdown Editors for Mac


I use BBEdit for Markdown Editing, in fact I use BBEdit for just about any text based manipulating, script editing etc. and I regard as an essential "swiss army knife" for my computer.

I know lots of people use TextWrangler but I understand that this is no longer being supported.

We are sunsetting TextWrangler, and we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead.

They also provide a handy chart showing the differences.

If however you only require a Markdown Editor there are plenty to choose from.


BBEdit Updated


BBEdit is my favourite text editor and I’ve been a user since way before Mac OSX. The latest update BBEdit 11.6 brings a number of bug fixes and updates but also introduces a new demo mode. For 30 days the full feature set is available for free after which time BBEdit will remain permanently functional with a revised feature set that includes its powerful text editing capabilities but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. These features may be re-enabled at any time with a purchased license.

BBEdit 11.6 requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is compatible with OS X 10.11 "El Capitan".

BBEdit can be obtained from the online store.

There is also a listing of markdown editors here


BBEdit 11.5


BBEdit 11.5 has been released.

BBEdit 11.5 adds a variety of new features, and includes changes to existing features and behaviors as well as fixes for reported issues.

Of particular note are

BBEdit now supports the use of iCloud Drive for sharing application support and setup items. This works similarly to the existing Dropbox support: in your "iCloud Drive" folder, create a folder named "Application Support", and then within that create a folder named "BBEdit". You can populate that folder with the contents of your /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/ folder.

BBEdit now supports the use of iCloud Drive for a shared backup folder: in your "iCloud Drive" folder, create a folder named "BBEdit Backups", and if you have turned on Use Historical Backups, BBEdit will use this folder.


Markdown Editors


I use markdown extensively on my websites, and whilst I mainly use BBEdit I do keep an eye out for new Markdown editors to add to this listing. I was recently alerted to Texts is a cross platform editor that uses plain text Markdown as file storage format. Documents can be published to PDF, HTML, DOCX, EPUB, and other formats from single source.


CotEditor is an open source text editor


I use markdown extensively on my websites, “Markdown” is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML allowing you to build HTML documents in an easily readable form. As the use of Markdown has increased in popularity there are now a wide choice of plain text/Markdown editors available for MacOSX and recently iOS so I’ve updated the listing of Markdown Editors.

The latest addition is CotEditor an open source text editor designed specifically for Mac OS X. There is syntax highlighting for 40 different languages, and it is scriptable using Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, UNIX shell or AppleScript (and even JavaScript on Yosemite). It also contains a find and replace using regular expressions.


Typed a new Markdown Editor


Typed is the latest addition to the growing list of Markdown editors, designed from the ground up for clutter and distraction free writing.


Peppermint text editor


I’ve just added Peppermint to the list of Markdown Editors, Peppermint is a sophisticated text editor that has dozens of plugins/extensions for everything you need: live preview your HTML, convert LESS or Markdown, beautify CSS/JS/HTML, complete FTP/SFTP support, Regex Editor. Well worth a look.


BBEdit 11 released


My favourite text editor has just been updated!

BBEdit 11 has been released, with improved syntax colouring, a sophisticated text clippings manager, updated “Find Differences” and dialog boxes, floating palettes, and many internal subsystems have been rewritten or updated to support new features, improve performance, add refinement, and make future enhancements possible.

In all, BBEdit 11 contains over two hundred additions, changes, and refinements. The detailed change notes contain complete information.

Always worth a read, I particularly liked

Worked around a bunch of antisocial behaviors in the OS that would cause floating windows to end up all over the place after disconnecting and then reconnecting a display (typically an external display connected to the laptop). Now, the OS may still make your palettes dance around like they're on "The Price Is Right", but once you put them where you want them, the application will remember their positions more reliably.

Check the website for upgrade pricing.


Standard Markdown


I use markdown extensively on my website and so I tend to keep an eye out for new developments and editors.

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

Whilst beautifully simple initial implementation as it has grown in popularity it has evolved and with no unambiguous specification has become fragmented, however I’m delighted to hear that there is now a standard markdown specification in development. There is more information on the website


BBEdit 10.5.11 Released


Everybody’s favourite text editor have been updated BBEdit 10.5.11 release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.

I also saw this note about future Yosemite support.

OS X Yosemite (10.10) We cannot fully support the use of our products on beta versions of OS X. If you encounter difficulty when using the latest version of BBEdit, TextWrangler, or Yojimbo on any pre-release version of OS X Yosemite, please first verify whether the problem also occurs when running on the latest public release of OS X Mavericks (10.9); and then file a bug report with Apple using an appropriate feedback channel. They will contact us as necessary.


Calca a calculator using markdown


Calca is a powerful symbolic calculator that updates as you type giving you instant answers. It solves equations and simplifies complex expressions. It's also a rich Markdown text editor so that you can explain your ideas alongside your calculations. This looks like a really interesting application,

Calculation Features:

  • Variables x = 42
  • Functions f(c) = 9/5*c + 32 and even recursive functions
  • Units 42 mph in kmph and currency ¥599 in $
  • Solves equations (x + 2x + 4x = 42, what is x?)
  • Matrices with inverses so you can solve linear equations
  • Sum, prod, map, and reduce operations on lists, matrices, and ranges
  • Trigonometry and complex numbers
  • Derivatives of functions
  • Logic operations and if statements
  • Binary math (& and |) and support for binary and hex number (0xA9 and 0b1010)
  • Keeps track of units (m, s, m/s, m/s^2, etc.) so you can verify your equations as you compute

There is a comprehensive reference page that gives more details.

There is a MacOSX version and an iOS version for your iPad or iPhone.

The nice thing is you can use Markdown to format the calculation and add an explanation.

There is a listing of Markdown Editors for Mac OSX here,


Markdown Service Tools


I use Markdown extensively on my sites and I keep an eye out for useful tools to make life a little easier. I keep a list of markdown editors and I thought I’d mention The Markdown Service Tools .

The Markdown Service Tools are a collection of OS X Services designed to make creating Markdown-formatted text that much easier. Services work in any OS X Cocoa based application.


For those who are new to markdown this getting started guide is well worth reading


BBEdit and DEVONthink

My favourite text editor BBEdit has been updated, this release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.

  • Fixed crash which would occur occasionally (depending on the shape of memory) when trying to balance delimiters and the selection start was at the beginning of the document.

  • Worked around bug on 10.8.x which broke running-browser detection (and thus the "Markup => Preview in => All Running Browsers" command).

  • Worked around an elusive OS behavior in which the application would receive spurious change notifications for folders that it wasn't actually watching, which in turn triggered inappropriate refreshes of the Scripts, Text Filters, Stationery, and/or Clippings menus.

  • Fixed crash which would happen when reloading ctags data in response to the tags files being changed on disk.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when using "Save as Styled HTML" after using the expert preference to turn off inline CSS generation.

  • Made further changes to the Dropbox check, since the on-disk format of ~/.dropbox/ has changed yet again. Now, the existence of that directory is enough to prove installation of Dropbox and trigger discovery of ~/Dropbox for application support content.

  • Fixed likely cause of an occasional crash at startup.

I use Markdown on my site and I’m seeing it used regularly in documents so I was interested to see this in the latest DEVONthink update, and there is a list of Markdown Editors here.

Markdown has become a popular way for adding simple formatting to text without relying on platform-specific file formats. DEVONthink already supported plain Markdown. Starting with version 2.7.5 it now renders MultiMarkdown, too. For DEVONagent 3.8 we have updated almost all plugins and made many of them language-aware.

To get DEVONthink to render a Markdown file

Show the Markdown file in DEVONthink, then choose View > Best Alternative.


Easy Markdown Updated


I use markdown extensively on my websites and I try to keep a track of Markdown editors that are available. I noticed that Easy Markdown has just been updated, according to the release notes the update provides Improved opening of files encoded in various formats and a Bug fix.


Archimedes a text editor that combines Markdown and LaTeX


I keep an eye out for Markdown editors and I recently came across a new addition that has some interesting features.

Archimedes is a text editor for OS X that combines support for Markdown and LaTeX. Archimedes is a fully-featured plain text and Markdown editor. It includes a fast syntax highlighter and provides convenient keyboard shortcuts for common actions, such as inserting images and links. The bonus is that in Math Mode, Archimedes lets you write mathematics in a subset of LaTeX. Just enter $$ to get started. Over 700 intuitive commands, such as \sqrt{a^2 + b^2}, help you produce stunning mathematical output. Archimedes even autocompletes commands and intelligently matches closing braces, brackets, and parenthesis as you type.

For anyone writing scientific text Archimedes is certainly well worth a look.


Markdown Editors

I’ve just added InkMark to the page of Markdown editors.


Markdown Editors


I use markdown extensively on my websites, “Markdown” is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML allowing you to build HTML documents in an easily readable form. As the use of Markdown has increased in popularity there are now a wide choice of Markdown editors available for MacOSX and recently iOS so i’ve updated the listing of Markdown Editors.


More Markdown editors


I use markdown extensively on my websites, “Markdown” is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML allowing you to build HTML documents in an easily readable form. I mainly use BBEdit and regard it as the “gold standard” but I keep an eye out for other markdown editors and wrote a summary of my findings, I’ve just been sent details of two more apps.

Eratois a simple Markdown editor for the Mac. It is fast, extremely easy to use and gets out of your way. It offers full support for both regular Markdown syntax, GitHub flavoured markdown and YAML front matter.

Marked2 is a previewer for Markdown files. Use it with your favourite text editor and it updates every time you save.

I’ve added them to the summary page.


MultiMarkdown Composer Updated

I’ve just added MultiMarkdown Composer to the list of Markdown editors, it has just had a major rewrite and includes a host of user requested new features. Full details are in the knowlegebase