Bare Bones Software Inc.
on Tuesday shipped TextWrangler v1.5, a new version of their general-purpose text editing software aimed at programmers, system admins and others. TextWrangler offers a robust set of tools for composing, modifying and transforming text in plain-text files, without the HTML editing technology and many other features included with Bare Bones’ flagship editor, BBEdit.
The new version of TextWrangler adds full AppleScript support, which garnered kudos from Apple vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations Ron Okamoto. Okamoto said that the addition of AppleScript support made TextWrangler “an ideal tool for incorporating advanced text manipulation into a workflow or an Xcode project.”
Xcode is Apple’s term for the next-generation software development tools included with Panther, Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS X v10.3 release.
AppleScript support aside, TextWranger sports other improvements as well, like syntax coloring and source code navigation for Fortran, Java, Object Pascal, Perl, Python, Rez, Tcl, TeX and Unix shell scripts.
TextWrangler v1.5 now requires Mac OS X v10.2 or later (Jaguar), and Mac OS X v10.2.6 is strongly recommended. You can buy it online and download it from Bare Bones’ Web site for US$49. The 1.5 update is free for registered users of 1.0; visit the