Today’s Daily App is one that some IT workers will wonder how they’ve managed without. TextWrangler for Mac OS X is a general-purpose text editor that also supports Unicode, the universal character set often used by developers for internationalizing applications.
Creator Bare Bones Software, based in Bedford, Mass., created TextWrangler specifically for Web authors, programmers and software developers seeking to localize their apps. The tool includes a selection of text-manipulation tools, such as line wrapping, case conversion and line numbering and the ability to insert the contents of other files into the current document. It can also edit documents residing on FTP and SFTP servers without manually downloading them to the Mac.
TextWrangler's Find and Replace feature allows for more free movement between open documents and the search window, rather than the conventional modal search dialog that requires findings to be completed before they can be replaced. The history of search-and-replace operations also is preserved, even after shutdown. For those familiar with regular expressions or grep pattern matching, TextWrangler allows for the construction of intricate search criteria for a more precise modification of the text. It also supports function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, code folding, AppleScript and Mac OS X Unix scripting.
Additional editing capabilities are provided through the Find All feature, which presents a two-pane search-results window. The top pane populates the search results and the bottom pane highlights the string of selected text from the top, and the text can be edited directly in the search-result window.
PUBLISHED OCT. 17, 2012