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A short review of Textmate

Textmate has taken the OSX coding world by storm over the past few weeks so I thought I’d download it and give it a go. I’ve been using BBEdit for a long time however I wasn’t too impressed with version 8 (especially the terrible alphabetically ordered drawer implementation) and it’s really freaking expensive, so I was open to trying something new. So here’s my really short review:

Likes:

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                        The project drawer. Makes finding and working with your files super easy and logical. A thousand times better than BBEdit 8's.
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                        PHP syntax highlighting. It's doesn't yet cover all the syntax (like the imap library), but it looks great out of the box.
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                        Tabs
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                        Price
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                        Soon to have svn integration
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                      Dislikes
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                        Logo, come on that thing is terrible. How can I set it to be the default app for my text files if I'm going to have to look at folders full of that icon? It's waaay to busy.
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                        UI needs some work. Many options are only available by digging around in text files and making config changes. Ugh. Who has time for that? Put everything in the menu's. Also can I have a preferences option? What kind of app doesn't have a preferences option?
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                        The find and replace is almost silly compared to BBEdit. Nowhere near enough power. The box is too small, no ability to search outside of the project across other folders, etc etc
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                    </ul>

                    <br /> <br /> Overall I like it, especially at the $40 price point. I'm pretty sure most of the problems will be addressed in future versions. I'm going to start using it for development, though I'll still keep BBEdit 7 around for large global replaces or file searching.

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