BBEdit Product Tour

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Work Your Way

  • dive right in because BBEdit works exactly as you expect it to with all the Mac behavior you depend on, from keyboard shortcuts to support for the latest Mac technologies such as Bonjour
  • customize Menu keys (keyboard shortcuts)
  • create your own functions for BBEdit using your favorite scripting language with comprehensive AppleScript, Automator, Perl and Unix Shell support
  • you can even modify the behavior of the built-in menus using AppleScript because BBEdit is attachable
  • text completion speeds input and ensures correctness; create Clippings for ready access to frequently used items and custom tags; with menu-driven and key-bindable item selection; language-sensitive Clipping sets
  • create your own syntax coloring without programming
  • use BBEdit with the macOS Terminal

Example: customizing a Menu command

“Set Menu Keys” in the Preferences window is where the action is.

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Using a clipping to speed PHP coding

Text completion, both built-in and customizable using clippings and ctags data, is an integral part of BBEdit’s editing workflow:

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Codeless Language Modules

Codeless language modules make it much easier to extend BBEdit’s built-in syntax coloring and function navigation. The basic syntax and coloring rules for programming languages can be represented by a relatively simple text file, without requiring programming or advanced logic.

Terminal Integration

Invoke BBEdit from the command line and pass the results to a document. For example, the ps (process status) command can generate some extremely long lines. Here, we are telling ps to give complete details and to put the result into a new document and to scroll the window to the top of the document. (The document behind the Terminal window is a BBEdit document.)

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Find out what’s new in BBEdit 13. Or check out the full feature list.

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