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TextEdit as text editor?


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 05:32 PM

If you choose Format > Make Plain Text in TextEdit, it works as a text editor, right?
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:21 PM

I don't use OSX and can't find a definitive answer to your question. But I found this list: 10 Versatile Text Editors for OS X

Some of them are free, so, no harm no foul trying them.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 02:49 PM

TextEdit is still a text editor regardless of whether you choose that setting or not.

"Make Plain Text" just takes away the Rich Text formatting that is available by default (spacing, centering, lists, etc), giving you essentially the same experience as Notepad in Windows.

If you don't change anything, TextEdit is analogous to WordPad in Windows (with Rich Text formatting).

Does that answer your question?
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:46 PM

Thanks Animal & keyboardNinja,

I meant 'text editor' as something you could write code with - maybe not the right term. I'm trying to learn how to do some basic programming - did a few things cookbook-style w/ my pc's using notepad. My understanding was one didn't want any of the format code included that using wordpad or word might result in when writing code. There was some article/example of a code-type thing on mac I was reading where they said "using a text editor" and I wondered what one used on a mac. I thought maybe TextEdit in 'Make Plain Text' would = notepad.

I'm at too basic a level to worry about advanced features like automatic bracket pairing and "project management features". Actually, I pretty much have to start over because I've forgotten what I've read in my VisualBasic for beginners and my AppleScript learning series book.
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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:06 PM

Oh, if you're wanting a source code editor, TextWrangler is the best Notepad++ substitute I've found for Mac.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 02:06 PM

Thanks keyboardNinja,

Animal provided a link to several text editors, including TextWrangler. I read about it - didn't understand a lot of its features - and downloaded it. Probably be awhile before I use it for any code writing - if I ever get that far. I'll see if any of its other features are things I can use.
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