BBEdit maker Bare Bones Software Inc. today released TextWrangler 1.0, a new general purpose text editor and data processor. TextWrangler is available exclusively as an online purchase from Bare Bones’ Web site.
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TextWrangler acts as an editor for composing and modifying plain text and text-oriented data, according to Bare Bones. TextWrangler supports Unicode files and most non-Roman single-byte files, and also integrates a spell checker and various character formatting commands to help simplify text composition.
Bare Bones founder and CEO Rich Siegel explained that TextWrangler is aimed at users who might otherwise opt for word processors, combining text processing capabilities as well. Features in TextWrangler include multi-file searching, support for Perl-Compatible Regular Expression (PCRE) matching, a plug-in architecture, and text transformation abilities.
With TextWrangler you can also edit text files remotely, and if you have admin privileges, you can use TextWrangler to modify files owned by root as well. TextWranger supports integration with Unix scripts via the “edit” tool, which invokes TextWrangler from the Unix command line.
TextWrangler offers features for programmers, too, including syntax coloring, source-code navigation for ANSI, C, C++ and object C source, and a Find Differences command. It also integrates with Project Builder 2.1 or higher and supports Mac OS X developer help.
A fully functional demo is available from the Bare Bones Web site. TextWrangler requires Mac OS 9.1 or later, or Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later. TextWrangler 1.0 costs US$49. Multi-packs and site licenses are available.