Bare Bones Software unveils BBEdit 7.0

Bedford Massachusetts-based Bare Bones Software on Wednesday announced the release of BBEdit 7.0, the company's popular HTML and text editing application. The new version adds additional development capabilities, Web authoring and text editing features.

BBEdit 7.0 allows you to configure multiple Web sites in the preferences and then work with files from any of the defined sites. Syntax coloring support for ASP/VBScript has been added, as well as XHTML 1.1 support in the HTML Tools and syntax checker, and a "Close Current Tag" command which speeds and simplifies HTML tag creation and editing.

For text editing, BBEdit 7.0 adds support for selecting and operating on rectangular regions of text.

Bare Bones also added a few general improvements including a "Paste Previous Clipboard" command, Quartz text smoothing support in editing views, improved support for Mac OS X Services (on Mac OS X 10.2), plus palette-savvy window resizing and a new "atop" window stacking option. A new plug-in info window displays version information, online help, and web links for installed plug-ins. Plug-ins can also now be installed via drag-and-drop.

A fully functioning demo is available from the company's Web site. BBEdit 7.0 requires Mac OS 9.2.2 or later with CarbonLib 1.5 or later, and runs natively under Mac OS X (version 10.1.5 or later required; version 10.2.2 or later strongly recommended).

BBEdit 7.0 costs US$179 and is available for purchase and download immediately; CD versions will be available in 2-3 weeks. Bare Bones is also offering a cross-grade price of $119 for users of BBEdit Lite, Adobe GoLive, or Macromedia Dreamweaver.

All registered owners of BBEdit version 2.5 and later are eligible to upgrade to BBEdit 7.0 for $49, by ordering directly from Bare Bones. If you are using BBEdit 6.1 or older you must upgrade by December 31, 2002 to receive the $49 upgrade; after that the upgrade price will be $59.

If you purchased BBEdit 6.5 on or after September 1, 2002, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the new version; all currently registered customers who purchased on or after that date will automatically be sent free upgrades starting within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

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