This update takes yet again away certain things I liked and forces me yet again to change the way I work.
The clippings palette is now again one column but can no longer contain sets of clippings, just a long a-z list of them.
Which makes the palette pretty useless. I already sopped using the HTML and CSS platelets in previous versions. Customisable before and text only, now big, ugly and no longer customisable. You would assume it would make sense to keep things that work and have already been programmed instead of replacing them with a less functional version?
Also if you are in a mixed languages document (html file with some php and css) you sometimes cannot get the right clippings as the automatic selection of clipping sets based on languages does not always work. The ftp browser was way better in BBEdit 8. You could logout and onto a different site with a bookmark selection menu. Took just one quick section. This now takes 4 clicks additional to selecting the server. Less functional when they already had a much better version, why not just keep it? Have not used the BBEdit browser ever since, when I used it a lot before.
The html inline pop up ups introduced in BBEdit 10 still pretty useless and easier to just write the code. Before it really helped, now you have to retype everything again and again, a good example of it are the image tags. On screen with everything clearly visible and auto populated, then with the context style menus, retype every time, having to scroll teh menu, I seldom use this at all now.
All helping windows and functions that helped you learn html in the past are destroyed and no longer practical to use. Luckily I no longer have to learn how to write the code and knwo before hand what i want to write.
With every update I get frustrated and disappointed, version 11 has nothing really new or useful. You kind of have to update as older versions no longer work with previous operating systems.
Looked at Brakets, which has the inline editor that lets you automatically find associated styles in style sheets and edit them without having to open the style sheet, something BBEdit is still not doing.
But still using BBEdit, mainly due to these reasons. The clipping function are still the best, even without the, now useless palette, you get them as contextual menu suggestions when you type. The integration of Apple Script is still very helpful and has not be changed, probably only a matter of time before the programmers destroy them as well. Document compare is another functionality I use quiet often. This is now done in one window instead of two, which is nice but not a real big benefit, two windows worked in the same way and you still need an apple script to hide the palettes. Grep is luckily still there as well.
Version 11 has more syntax colouring, but otherwise nothing to get exited about or even justifying a whole version jump. But I guess the programmers need some money from time to time, as keeping up with system changes seem to be not an easy task.
BBEdit could be perfect if they would have improved the functionality instead of taking great things away and replacing them with far less functional solutions. Sometimes I wonder if the programmers actually use BBEdit on a daily bases, because if they did they would notice that many of the changes made are actually downgrades. But what can we do it is still the best text editor, or maybe I am just too used to it? I would probably switch if another editor had powerful clippings an similar applescript integration. But the I should not have to as BBEdit could be (as it use dot be until version 8) the best text editor on any platform.