Is text a large part of your life? Do you write blog posts, code Web pages, search through log files, generate database reports, and regularly look for needles in textual haystacks? The best tool on the Mac for those tasks is BBEdit, from Bare Bones Software. But BBEdit is a deep program, and many people – even long-time users – are often unaware of or aren’t taking full advantage of BBEdit’s productivity enhancing features, such as grep searching, clippings, text completion, projects, context-aware HTML markup tools, FTP/SFTP browsers, version control software integration, template-driven HTML previews, and more.
Our latest ebook, the 199-page “Take Control of BBEdit,” explains how to use BBEdit 10 to accomplish real-world tasks more efficiently than ever before. The book focuses on three main areas of usage: essential text-processing features for all BBEdit users, working with HTML from the level of the individual tag all the way to a dynamic Web site, and managing multi-resource projects. The book normally costs $10, but we’re running a $5 introductory offer through April 9th, 2012, and the 30% MUG discount drops that to $3.50, making thus book a must-read for any BBEdit-using MUG member. Learn more about the book via the coupon-loaded link below.
A quick aside: At $49.99, BBEdit is cheap for the power it brings, but if you aren’t using it now and want to get a sense of what it provides, check out the free TextWrangler, also from Bare Bones Software. TextWrangler lacks BBEdit’s HTML tools, clippings, text factories, text completion, and projects, but has the same basic interface and core editing and searching features. “Take Control of BBEdit” doesn’t call out differences between TextWrangler and BBEdit, but much of it applies to both apps.
cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers