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 even long-time users are often unaware of BBEdit's productivity enhancing features, such as clippings, text completion, projects, integration with FTP and version control software, sophisticated HTML/CSS preview, and more.
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.
Read this 199-page ebook to learn how to:
Set up BBEdit for maximum efficiency:
Configure key standard and expert preferences for optimal usage.
Sync BBEdit settings and support files between Macs using Dropbox.
Create text factories that automate sequences of text processing commands.
Create "clippings" of boilerplate text, complete with dynamic placeholders.
Use Dropbox or a version control system to track versions of documents.
Start work on the right track:
Collect multiple resources--including files, folders, and URLs--into a single project window.
Use BBEdit's many options for opening and saving files.
Work with remote files via BBEdit's FTP/SFTP browser windows.
Type faster, search better, and automate repetitive bits:
Control BBEdit with keyboard shortcuts.
Write faster with text completion of words, code snippets, HTML tags, and more.
Clean up text with spurious tabs, incorrect case, gremlin characters, and more.
Search for and replace text across multiple documents at once.
Learn how to use grep pattern matching for powerful searches.
Write in Markdown, and preview Markdown documents.
Compare and collaborate effectively:
Discover best practices for commenting and revision tracking.
Compare multiple versions of documents.
Run your Web site like a wizard:
Create HTML and CSS files using BBEdit's effective, extensive markup tools.
Preview dynamic pages locally with user-defined preview templates.
Clean up old or badly coded Web pages.
Build Web sites using templates and includes.
Connect BBEdit to Fetch, Interarchy, or Transmit to edit remote files.
Maintain Web sites in BBEdit using four different workflows.
Glenn Fleishman is a technology journalist based in Seattle, where he lives with his wife and two sons, both of whom are adept at accidentally pressing the Power button on his laptop. He's a contributing editor at TidBITS, responsible for much of their Web and publishing infrastructure; a columnist for the Seattle Times on all things Mac related; and a regular contributor to the Economist, Macworld, and Ars Technica. He appears regularly on his local public radio station, KUOW.
This is a great book for novices and experts alike and is guaranteed to help you get more out of what is a crucial programme in the OSX arsenal. It is concise and well directed offering solid advice and thorough and well constructed instruction. I engaged with it because I didn't feel that I was using BBEdit to its potential, but after reading Fleishman's book I have a far greater sense of how to make use of BBEdit's powerful features for document comparison and manipulation as well as using its project management components to manage text assets.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend