Free (Apple) alternative to TextEdit - FYI

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
If like me you want a good graphical plain text editor but have found TextEdit to be a pain in the arse (defaults to RTF & if you open a file with HTML it renders it, rather than showing source)



Then install the Mac OS X developer tools, with that comes some sample apps, one of which is an OS X native version of the old SimpleText!!



Needless to say I've copied it into my Applications folder & binned TextEdit!

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by bluedalmatian

    If like me you want a good graphical plain text editor but have found TextEdit to be a pain in the arse (defaults to RTF & if you open a file with HTML it renders it, rather than showing source)



    Then install the Mac OS X developer tools, with that comes some sample apps, one of which is an OS X native version of the old SimpleText!!



    Needless to say I've copied it into my Applications folder & binned TextEdit!




    well, you can change it to show your the source of HTML, check the preferences.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by bluedalmatian

    If like me you want a good graphical plain text editor but have found TextEdit to be a pain in the arse (defaults to RTF &



    All you have to do is save the file with a .txt extension to create a plain text file.

    Quote:

    Originally posted by bluedalmatian

    if you open a file with HTML it renders it, rather than showing source)



    One mouse click in TextEdit>Preferences--problem solved.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    wingnutwingnut Posts: 197member
    I use Text-Wrangler for all such needs. It's awesome for a freeware app. It's smart enough to handle HTML tags and uses spell check, so it's a very good HTML editor.
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