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Fraise is a free text editor for Mac OS X Leopard 10.6 which is both easy to use and powerful. It is designed to neither confuse newcomers nor disappoint advanced users. It should work perfectly for a whole variety of needs - like Web programming, script editing, making a to do list and so on. Fraise has all open documents in a list with beautiful Quick Look icons to your left just like e.g. iTunes so you can easily switch between many documents - you can also choose to display them as tabs if you prefer it that way.

It is easy to program with Fraise as it colours the content in different colours depending on what the more...

What's New

Version 3.7.3:
  • [New Feature] Improved toolbar icons.
  • [New Feature] New unsaved document icon.
  • [New Feature] Snippets are now deactivated when no document is edited.
  • [New Feature] Menu form representation for toolbar items to allow execution of associated functionality when toolbar is not fully displayed.
  • [Translation] Corrections and improvements in French more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Tony2013 Member IconReview+20
Tony2013
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There is a BUG I found. When I select to open all files during startup, and then a text file cannot be found that was opened in last session, then Fraise refuses to even load and glitches out! Any fix please?

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Version 3.7.3
Monkeyjunkey
+4

How about creating an issue with a little more background information so the dev might actually have a change to fix your problem? Provide a crash log and detailed steps to reproduce and changes are, this might get actually fixed.
https://github.com/jfmoy/Fraise

Davidson69 Member IconReview+42
Davidson69
+3

Same as Smultron but free.

The big question:is this been abandon?

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Version 3.7.3
Moystard
+1

Hello,

I am the developer of Fraise and it has indeed been abandoned. As I stated earlier, improving Fraise would have required a big rewriting of the actual code (what Peter Borg did with Smultron 4.0) and I don't see the point to have two really close softwares (Smultron / Fraise) now that Peter Borg has decided to continue the development.

I understand that Fraise is the open source and free alternative to Smultron, but there is so many free text editors out there nowadays that I think it would not bring too much interest if I developed Fraise further.

Thank you for your support.

Tomeg
+0

Thanks, negritude, FYI. (-:

Kris-K.
+5

I'm not sure if anyone including the developer is aware but there was a fork of Smultron called Saskatoon. If there's another attempt at forking Smultron maybe you could start there. I was the icon designer and there's a link to the source code here:
http://kriskhaira.com/portfolio/425/saskatoon

Robby.is.on
+1

Looks like Saskatoon was abandoned in 2005?

Dmu
+0

Dear Knuckles, I disagree. Smultron and Fraise would not be that close anymore. If you've looked at the reviews in the MacApp Store, it seems that Smultron is moving away from all of things people like and making them furious. All across the Internet you will find people begging for a nice, lightweight, TextEdit-style wordpro/editor with TABBED windows. They literally beg. And no one seems willing to do make it. Smultron started to, and then removed the tabs. Bean has everything right except it has never had tabs and gives no indication that it ever will. TextWrangler is brilliant for code, but not so nice for rich text. You were on the verge of greatness and withdrew from the ring right when your opponent was about to fall on the mat. You've got the skills to finally build the lightweight, rich text, TABBED editor everyone wants... but doesn't yet exist. Come back to us!

Monkeyjunkey
+0

Well Fraise is on Github and the Code Open Source so it would require the effort of a developer stepping up and forking the code and actually looking at the open pull requests and continuing development. Than Fraise could live on. Maybe someone will take the task? Here's your starting point: https://github.com/jfmoy/Fraise

alas! Member IconComment+571
alas!
+0

Looks like Fraise is no longer being developed; the last update was about a year and a half ago.
Developer's website is unavailable...the domain appears to be for sale at Godaddy.com.
Did Smultron's developer somehow administer Fraise's coup de gras?

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Version 3.7.3
Negritude
+0

The author and the code is still on GitHub:

https://github.com/jfmoy/Fraise

Negritude
+0

And it seems the author has moved to a new location, where he explains why developed has stopped:

https://www.assembla.com/wiki/show/fraise

"During these last weeks, I spent time designing and specifying the new version of Fraise. Indeed, I am not satisfied anymore by the internal organization and representation of documents (based on Smultron by Peter Borg). I came to the conclusion that the actual design is not flexible enough so I can implement the functionalities I have in sight.

Consequently, I am currently thinking of starting a completely new text editor that will not be a fork anymore, but a proper and independent software.

I will keep you informed very soon."

Negritude
+0

Doing some more research, I found the developer's personal web site and blog, and it seems he has passed Fraise on to someone else:

http://bloggezmoy.com/2010/12/13/fraise-news-and-thoughts-concerning-the-development/

"Someone else is normally continuing the development of Fraise. I am no more involved in it."

Tomeg
+0

It appears that Jean François Moy and Peter Borg may have teamed up. There are now two versions of Smultron in the AppStore: Smultron and Smultron 4, the latter made for Lion. Both are $4.99. (: ):

Tomeg
+0

I should have said *have teamed up* not "may have teamed up."

Negritude
+0

No, they have not teamed up. The developer of Fraise states on his blog:

"I have no contacts with Peter Borg so I don’t know if he is going to start again the development or if he just wanted to make some money by releasing Smultron on the Mac App Store."

Chillvisio Member IconReview+52
Chillvisio
+0

C'est top la Fraise. Une appli excellente que j'utilise chaque jour pour mettre à jour tous mes sites. Elle a correction de syntaxe et elle est très simple et n'exige pas trop de mémoire RAM pour fonctionner rapidement ;)

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Version 3.7.3
DonkeyKong Member IconReview+71
DonkeyKong
+2

Pity it isn't updated anymore. Seems the original Smultron has taken the open source and turned it into a commercial version.

Both are the best text editors.

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Version 3.7.3
strauberry Member IconReview+1
strauberry
+1

I've already loved smultron, the predecessor of fraise. Fraise is even better because there are some small but very helpful improvements like displaying the current encoding.

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Version 3.7.3
Morannon Member IconReview+207
Morannon
+4

Fraise is a feature-rich and easy to use Software. I use it almost every day to handle my websites. Fraise was born as its counterpart, Smultron, died. Now the developper of Smultron decided to resurrect Smultron, you can actually buy it from the Mac App Store. As it makes no sense to develop two nearly identical branches of the same product, Fraise is no longer developped. That's a really sad thing. I will probably switch to the free TextWrangler.

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Version 3.7.3
piccobello Member IconReview+7
piccobello
+2

A really great tool. I don't need any other tool, because I love Smultron/Fraise. Unfortunately Fraise is still a bit buggy on Snow Leopard (it crashes often when editing index.html-files for me).

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Version 3.7.3
AlexHughy Member IconReview+32
AlexHughy
+1

No update for a long time? It does not support html5 tagging.
But this is still by far the best editor for OSX.

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Version 3.7.3
Uniquepito Member IconComment+39
Uniquepito
+0

I've opened script.sh in my profile folder using right click on it and open with Fraise. Then I closeed the window (app keeps running in the dock) and tried open the same file by the same way again... it won't open.

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Version 3.7.3
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Swedenstyle34
Version 3.7.3
user icon+38
BadBadger
Version 3.7.3
user icon+42
Syed Ali
Version 3.7.3
user icon+1
Godefroyr
Version 3.7.3
user icon+0
Spelesto
Version 3.7.3
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OsloX
Version 3.7.3
user icon+52
Chillvisio
Version 3.7.3
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ImoTh3P
Version 3.7.3
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beta.lab
Version 3.7.3
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Michael_Sebrecht
Version 3.7.3
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Date 29 Mar 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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