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Bare Bones TextWrangler 3.0 review

A free high-end text editor without some of the high-end features

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Our Verdict

The text editor equivalent of an old man wearing jet-powered rocket skates

For

  • Good Find and Replace function
  • Plain text editing

Against

  • A bit light in features
  • No HTML palettes

Back in the day, we used to happily tinker in the 'lite' version of BBEdit. To some extent, that's what TextWrangler resembles – it's essentially Bare Bones Software's high-end text editor, just lacking some high-end stuff.

What this means is that although you don't get things like HTML palettes, you do get an excellent tool for quick-fire plain-text editing and a means of editing documents on servers.

However, the creaky old interface has seen better days. But nonetheless, this app's worth downloading for its Find and Replace tools.

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