BBEdit 8.5 Released
September 7, 2006
Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit(r) 8.5, a significant upgrade to the award-winning HTML and text editor for the Macintosh.
With more than 160 new features and improvements, BBEdit 8.5
represents a major interface overhaul for this time-tested and
widely respected product. The changes are designed to streamline
navigation and ease discovery of BBEdit’s powerful feature set.
BBEdit 8.5 introduces code folding, which aids comprehension of
complex files by allowing the customer to collapse ranges of text.
Predefined ranges are generated on a language-sensitive basis, and
the user can also fold any arbitrary range of text.
The traditional Glossary feature, which provides for storage and
easy insertion of frequently used chunks of text, has been
superseded by an enhanced Clippings system. A new Clippings menu
provides quick access to text clippings, as well as the means to
create new clippings and search for existing ones. Clippings can
also make use of intelligent placeholders, and even invoke
AppleScript or Unix scripts.
Extensive improvements to the layout and usability of text-editing
views include a revised and simplified tool bar, and enhancements to
the navigation bar to speed navigation of the current document. An
expanded status bar displays document properties at a glance, and
allows quick access for adjustments.
BBEdit’s Preferences window, the nerve center for controlling and
customizing BBEdit’s behaviors, has been extensively revised and
simplified. A new Menus preference panel provides unified control
over BBEdit’s menu structure, including adjustment of keyboard
equivalents and the ability to show and hide individual menu
commands and even entire menus. Also new in BBEdit 8.5 is an
innovative search function for the preferences, which allows
customers to quickly zero-in on a desired preferences control.
The powerful Find Differences feature now highlights specific
character differences within a changed line, for faster and more
accurate review of changes. An improved FTP/SFTP browser is now more
discoverable, and in BBEdit 8.5 immediately becomes available when
choosing "Open from FTP/SFTP Server." The revised Disk Browser
window now presents a hierarchical file listing, and provides the
ability to apply BBEdit’s powerful file filters to reduce the size
of the list, if desired. BBEdit 8.5 also seamlessly opens and saves
gzip-compressed (.gz) text files.
BBEdit’s innovative Text Factories now feature HTML Format,
Translate, and Tidy actions for easier automation of repetitive web
site maintenance and development tasks. A new Auto-save option, with
an adjustable save interval, helps safeguard work in the event of a
power outage or system failure.
BBEdit 8.5 now incorporates version 5.0 of the Perl-Compatible
Regular Expression library (PCRE). The upgraded version of PCRE
features extended Unicode properties, named subexpressions for
greater readability, and additional regular-expression enhancements.
Detailed information on all of the changes and improvements
implemented in BBEdit 8.5 can be found at:
BBEdit 8.5 is available at a suggested retail price of US$125.
Registered owners of BBEdit 8 can upgrade for US$30; registered
owners of BBEdit 7 and older can upgrade for US$40. Anyone who
purchased BBEdit on or after January 1, 2006 is eligible to receive
a free upgrade. Customers who purchased directly from Bare Bones
Software will be notified automatically via email. Upgrades are
available directly from Bare Bones Software by visiting: