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I really love Notepad++ and I haven't found an alternative for it yet. TextMate and TextWrangler aren't quite there yet. Specifically, two things that I want that are not in TextMate:

  • variable highlighting
  • bracket highlighting

Can you suggest an alternative editor for OS X?

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Textmate "quite there yet"? Seriously? I suggest you go back and look again ;) –  Loïc Wolff Mar 23 '11 at 7:44
    
Actually I enjoy TextMate much more than Notepad++. Weird! –  pt2ph8 Mar 23 '11 at 9:10
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As Matthew is pointing out in his answer, just tell us what you miss in TextMate or TextWrangler that you would like to find in your mac text editor. –  LudoMC Mar 23 '11 at 9:35
    
TextMate bracket selection can be done when you're in a bracketed section. See this answer. –  Ian C. Mar 24 '11 at 14:02
    
The other feature isn't "variable highlighting" it's "show all matches for current selection". Outside of the Find All box I don't think there's a way to do this in TextMate. –  Ian C. Mar 24 '11 at 14:03

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It's not clear from your question what exactly you're missing -- I use Notepad++ on the PC and find both TextMate and TextWrangler to be reasonable replacements -- but you'll likely appreciate either TextWrangler's big brother BBEdit 9 or, if you can put up with its alpha nature, Sublime Text 2.

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Sublime Text 2 seems to be the real powerhouse for people that are not satisfied with the heavy guns of Mac editors:

  • BBEdit is now on version 10 and "still doesn't suck" (you mentioned it's free mini incarnation - TextWrangler)
  • TextMate (either the venerable v.1 or the long unfinished but now open sourced v.2)

Marco Arment did a nice job of rounding up not only the why but some other editors to consider with Chocolat leading the pack behind ST/BB.

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You should also take a look at Sublime 2, even if it is stll in public alpha, and Smultron. Smultron also had a Freeware Spin-Off called 'Fraise' which is now discontinued.

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One of my former colleagues swears by jEdit - cross-platform, flexible, and friendly.

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Ive had the same dilemma. I mostly use TextWrangler, but the interface is archaic. You could try Kod, which has tabs and other nicetities.

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Editra on Mac is free, open-source, highly configurable and offers bracket highlighting. I don't think it offers variable highlighting however.

All in all, it's my favorite simple text editor and viewer on Mac.

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If you use java(not java script) there is something called eclipse. It has a built in compiler. A Couple tutorial and you will have mastered it!

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This is an IDE, not an editor. –  Max Ried Nov 24 '11 at 10:45
    
But you could use Eclipse as an editor, right? –  myhd Nov 8 '12 at 11:55

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