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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-15 05:01
Subject: [tech] The memory leak that was bedeviling my Macintosh
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As some may recall, prior to replacing my MacBook Pro with my MacBook Air, I was going through a series of increasingly frustrating virtual memory errors on the MacBook Pro. These were difficult to document and almost impossible to replicate on demand, but always involved my morning prep of my blog posts.

Having finally run through the process of excluding one by one each piece of software involved, the culprit was TextWrangler. I'm now editing the blog posts in TextEdit, which is far less satisfactory from a feature/functionality perspective, but does not generate the performance slowdowns and VM errors.

This bums me out, because I like TextWrangler a lot. And I rather dislike TextEdit. So I'm now looking for a TextWrangler replacement. The obvious candidate is BBEdit Pro, but (a) I don't really want to spend $50 on a text editor and (b) I'm afraid BBEdit Pro might share enough code base with TextWrangler to generate the same VM problem over time. So anyone with thoughts on a good text editor for Mac OS X, please do share them here. Meanwhile, I lump along.

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mlerules: Bjork Diddy
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-12-15 13:04 (UTC)
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-12-15 13:34 (UTC)
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I'm glad you sorted it out what was going wrong. I don't have a suggestion for you though. Can you try the BBEdit Pro software for some period before buying it to test your theory?
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-12-15 17:15 (UTC)
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Appstorm has a review of some text editors and comments from hard core mac users with stuff as good as the reviews :>. There's lots and lots of love for TextMate, even tho it's not free ($50)

Carbon Emacs Package is a Mac-friendly distribution of the GNU Emacs text editor. It’s simple, extensible, and good for technically minded users who value the advanced features it offers. Not the most user friendly app, but worth bearing in mind. Also very similar is Aquamacs.

Another option, tho no longer under development is Smultron. Smultron is a Leopard-centric text editor, with lovely icons and a well designed interface. Code highlighting, system file management (with automatic authentication), and HTML previews make it an appealing free option. Sourceforge has a decent review as well.

Jedit X Review and d/l sites at this link.

Bean is a Rich Text Editor that has a good review too. It's on the edge between WP and TE - can be used as either from all I've heard.

TextSoap is another option, reviewed at Unmarked.
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2011-12-15 23:58 (UTC)
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Sublime Text is a rather nice one, and actively developed at the moment.
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