BBEdit FAQs for TextWrangler Customers


Do I have to pay to use BBEdit?

No. You can use BBEdit without purchasing a license, in the same way you’ve been using TextWrangler (yes, for free). If you want BBEdit’s complete feature set (web authoring tools, and other exclusive features), you can purchase a license any time you like.


Can I try out BBEdit’s features before buying?

Absolutely. BBEdit has a 30-day evaluation period. During that period, all of BBEdit’s features are available. When it ends, you can still use BBEdit — with no nag screens or unsolicited interruptions, for free, forever — and with a feature set which incorporates all of TextWrangler’s features and then some.

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What are the differences between a licensed & an unlicensed copy of BBEdit?

A licensed copy of BBEdit contains many advanced features, including HTML markup tools, source control system integration, and much more.

Without a license, you get all of the features you know and love from TextWrangler, plus a few more.

You can see the differences here.

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Can I just continue using TextWrangler?

Certainly. You’re welcome to continue using TextWrangler for as long as it suits your needs, and then switch to BBEdit whenever you like.

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Won’t I have to learn how to use BBEdit?

You already know how to use BBEdit. Everything you know how to do in TextWrangler works the same way in BBEdit, and all of the features you’ve been using are right where you expect them to be.

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Will BBEdit import all of my TextWrangler settings?

Yes. The first time you use it, BBEdit will automatically import your preferences and application support items (such as scripts and filters) from your current TextWrangler setup.

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I don’t need all the extra menu commands that BBEdit has. Can I hide them?

You can. The “Menus & Shortcuts” preferences provide complete control over what menus and items are visible, so you can hide any menus and commands that you don’t need.

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We are an academic institution which uses TextWrangler in our labs. What should we do now?

We have a simple, no-cost solution for you. Please contact us at sales@barebones.com and we will be happy to assist you.

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We have installed TextWrangler on every machine in the company. What should we do?

Install BBEdit on every machine in the company. BBEdit will open all of your existing files, and preserve your existing workflows. When the time comes, you’ll be able to remove TextWrangler from your deployment with little to no disruption.

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