Somewhat overshadowed by the recent launch of Lion was Bare Bones Software’s release of version 10 of venerable text editor BBEdit.
The new release comes with loads of new features and refinements, but for me the most interesting thing about it was something that got taken away: most of the price.
The new BBEdit (also the first version to be available on the Mac App Store) is priced at $50, but if you buy it before October 20th it’s only $40. That’s a huge saving on the price of previous versions, which were in the region of $100.
There are many alternatives that are cheaper still, and many that are free, but when you buy BBEdit you get a lot of text editor for your money.
The new features in 10 include better project windows, a vastly improved preferences panel that makes specific options easier to find, better HTML editing tools and support for storing BBEdit’s application support files inside Dropbox, thereby making them easy to sync between all your Macs.
You can still grab a demo copy of BBEdit direct from Bare Bones if you want to try before buying. And you should, because this is a professional text tool. Your mom doesn’t need it and in all likelihood, neither do you unless handling text is part of your job. But if you do handle text for a living, you should consider it. The real news here is the low price: if you’re one of those people who has considered BBEdit before, but been put off by the price tag, now is the best time to grab a copy.