So after giving a few days to cool down after my first attempt at using e-Textmate for windows I decided I’d try installing it once again and see what happened. The install was nothing to exciting, since I’d already done it once. I tried a different tactic this time, I only installed TortoiseSVN and actually read a bit about how it works. Using TortoiseSVN I was able to grab the ActionScript bundle and get it installed. I have not had a chance to actually test it, but it’s there. So progress.
TextMate for Mac
I did break down and download the trial version of TextMate for the Mac here at work. First thing to note is that it came with the ActionScript bundle when I installed it. Next I started to use it to replace Flash 8 as an ActionScript editor. (I haven’t used Flash CS 3 much yet so I’m hoping that the need to have a separate editor is a thing of the past.) The results so far are promising. I love the column editing, where you can select characters in the column on multiple rows and edit them at once. It’s a very powerful feature. Using the bundles is handy but seems a bit clunky so far, while I love the features I’m not sure I love the way to use them. There area million keyboard shortcuts to various things but I’ve yet to learn any of them.
For the Mac I’d probably stick with TextMate, but I’d need to request that it’s purchased which is always an issue and I’d be curious to test out a new version of BBEdit first. Barebones has always had a killer product and I don’t know if it would be fair to stray without giving them another go.
What’s the fuss?
So why all the nonsense over a text editor? Well It started mostly because of trying to write ActionScript, CSS and HTML. Having a really good editor is key. I tried SEPY and found it way to sluggish to use. TextWrangler was great but kind of limited (Amazingly good for free software though), BBEdit is great also but again limited because we don’t have a current version. Flash and Dreamweaver as editors aren’t bad, but the could be better. Flash Develop for PC is great but kind of buggy at times and well PC only.
So in the end I’m going to give TextMate another go and wish that Adobe would just bring out another version of Homesite.
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