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TextMate is a versatile plain text editor with a unique and innovative feature set which caused it to win an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool in August 2006.

A rapidly growing community have created modes for more than a hundred different "modes" including support for all major programming languages, writing prose in structured formats such as LaTeX, Markdown, Textile, etc., blogging, running SQL queries, writing screen plays, doing your budget, and much much more.

Some of the features include:

  • collapsable text blocks - fold away the code you don?t want to see
  • recordable more...

What's New

Version 1.5.11:
  • [NEW] TextMate is now signed with an Apple issued developer ID (for Gatekeeper compatibility).

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Shodan Member IconComment+0
Shodan
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I've been using jEdit for years and have been wondering whether trying another editor was worth the time investment. Has anyone used/compared TextMate with jEdit? If so, would you mind sharing your thoughts/opinions?

Cheers.

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Version 1.5.11
Essadee
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I don't know anything about jEdit but TextMate 2 is awesome and free, this listing is old. The "alpha" warning for TextMate 2 is because the manual isn't done, long story short: TextMate 2 is great, I prefer it to Atom.io from GitHub.

Shodan
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Thanks for the info, it's really appreciated, Especially the part about it being free. However, when I went to the website TextMate 2 cost about $56 - can you tell me where the "free" version is available?

Thanks.

Essadee
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I was vague but not intentionally, I just wasn't being as thoughtful as I should have been.

As best as I can discern, TM2 is available to be used free of charge at this time. Licenses are available but are not required to use the software. My non-expert opinion after reading this: http://macromates.com/license_policy is that I'm allowed to use the TM2 Alpha without buying a license.

There is also a GitHub repository for the source and it's available under the GPLv3 license. It is being actively developed afaict and it's possible that the "final" release of 2.0 will require a license but as best as I can tell I am not required to buy one to be in compliance at this time.

If you come to a different conclusion I'd enjoy hearing it because I don't intend to willfully disregard it, and the best and most polished alternative at this time (IMO), SublimeText is roughly the same cost.

Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconReview+35
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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Very good!

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Version 1.5.11
michaelkav Member IconReview+2
michaelkav
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I am between this and Sublime 2 both are awesome but I think Sublime 2 has the edge right now. Anyone else think this, or not?

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Version 1.5.11
heinz1959
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Sublime Text 3 (Mac OS X 10.7 and up) is also in the making => http://www.sublimetext.com/3

Svoop
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Sublime Text 3 (currently in public beta) is a very nice editor and fits at least my needs better than a Methuselah version of TextMate. (The preview has crashed a few times on me, so I dropped it for good.)

TextMate has been king of the hill for quite some time - and still has the potential to reclaim the crown. But right now it's not "the missing editor" as it claims but rather "the editor missing". Furthermore, Sublime Text works on all OSes which is great news for long standing Mac dudes like me who are increasingly irritated by the way Apple behaves and thus consider to switch to Linux in the future.

Cgc Member IconComment+511
Cgc
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Textmate 2.0 is open source: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/08/textmate-2-0-goes-open-source-in-response-to-os-x-restrictions/

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Version 1.5.11
Regular-Warren
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Thanks for the heads-up! Is it just the source code for 2.0 that is available right now? Let me know if I'm missing anything.

Negritude
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Yes, TextMate is now open source with a GPL3 license:

http://blog.macromates.com/2012/textmate-2-at-github/

The source code is on GitHub:

https://github.com/textmate/textmate

And there is now a portfile for MacPorts, so you don't have to install manually or worry about dependencies:

https://trac.macports.org/browser/trunk/dports/editors/textmate2/Portfile

Install with command:

sudo port install textmate2

Sebastian_szwarc
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Can it be installed parallel to 1.5 version?

iPoopStore Member IconComment+134
iPoopStore
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Requirements are out of sync with the software maker. 1.5.11 is Intel for 10.5+

Don't download if you need PowerPC support! I don't but my friend cared.

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Version 1.5.11
macola2 Member IconReview+5
macola2
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Still prefer TextWrangler, but this is a very close second.

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Version 2.0
Dr54 Member IconReview+9
Dr54
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Best text editor for Mac! I love it!

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Version 2.0
Trashie Member IconComment+256
Trashie
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WOW here it is V2 BUGGGYYYYY lol.

Then again it is Alpha and V1 is perfectly stable...however there is glimpses of greatness in V2.

Ideas and concepts reworked and refactored just not finished yet show this will be hugely popular when complete.

I never used projects don't care they are binned in V2. I prefer to work off the file system as projects just f-up using version management tools. That may be why they got nailed.

I just wish they would throw people at it as I know it is a tiny team working on it...Textmate is probably the least employee supported app considering it's user base and complexity I know of.

At this point all we have is a preview of what is to come. Let us just hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Nice preview enjoyed it but will stay with V1 until this matters a bit more...by beta I would think I will move to it.

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Version 2.0
Trashie
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I know V2 misses the split screen views people want..I hear it is on way though...I hope. Try one of the window snappers like flexiglass etc. It does work not to badly in the mean time. A lot of V1 users are dong that.

Still tinkering in V2 the new column editor modes I have never seen anything like that before...won't be long until the other editors try to rip it off. Read the blogs on their site it is very impressive now. Would be nice if they could combo something to avoid the mouse clicks as that is the bottleneck in speed - but still very nice.

Iliketrash Member IconComment+205
Iliketrash
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The Project Panel has now been "replaced" by a Finder browser panel. No more projects! WTF. This is getting a lot of discussion on the list but the developer so far is not bending. To me, this is a major loss, probably a deal killer.

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Version 2.0
Dvessel
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I’m glad it’s gone. .tm_properties is far more powerful. It’s a far more involved process but I’m sure there will be a UI to simplify it when it comes out of alpha. Here’s a gist of some collected notes on the subject. https://gist.github.com/1478685

Iliketrash
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It seems that people mean different thing by "project." What I mean is a sidebar or preferably a drawer wherein I can organize files in manner independent from the file system (like in Textmate 1.x, Xcode, and many other editors and IDEs). This is necessary to work efficiently for many people. I write many projects which pull resources from many places in the file system where they are organized by differenter criteria, i.e., by language and functionality. Using the Finder to manage a folder with aliases or symlinks is not a good option because I can't order the items the way I want to, but rather be forced to accept the ordering that the new file browser sidebar says I have to (e.g. by name or modification date, I suppose).

I will admit that I don't undersand what is going on with .tm_properties (I scanned the link, and am partially following the discussion on the mailing list) but so far I don't see any indication that .tm_properties solves my problem. I also understand that "project" can mean a means of directing TM to do certain operations on certain files depending on context, etc. That is all fine, but again, doesn't fix the relatively simple problem of providing a sensible organizing tool.

I also note that the developer says, "We don’t intend to restore tmproj files — there is a file browser... [explanation about how great the New World is].... "if you still feel hindered after some weeks, let us know about it." So maybe there is some hope.

Dvessel
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All I can say is try to look at it from a different perspective. Managing folders outside of what already exists (the Finder) seems like work we shouldn’t have to do. Is it impossible to have a workflow where your project files fall under a single directory?

If that’s not possible, why not submit a suggestion to expand on smart filters from the sidebar? The smart folder currently works as SCM but if it can be expanded, the possibilities go far beyond what’s out there.

The old project files are rigid and are easily broken when things are moved around. I’ve used them in 1.x but I think it’s time to move past that and allow something better.

Broz Member IconComment+47
Broz
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I have not tried 2.0x yet. Can anyone tell me if does Undo properly? Every version (thru 1.5.1) of TextMate I've used does Undo one character at a time. What nonsense for a supposedly professional editor! Type a line of code, and then choose Undo 80 times?

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Version 2.0
FTBZ
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Yes, I think that the Undo works as you want.

Iliketrash
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No, now it's sort of in between. It undoes one word at at time, where a space or punctuation counts as a word.

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Version 1.5.11
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Version 1.5.11
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Version 1.5.11
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Version 1.5.11
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Version 2.0
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Version 2.0
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Version 2.0
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Version 2.0
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Date 26 Jun 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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