BBEdit is one of the more popular text editors for Mac OS, developed by BareBones Software. It’s been around for a while and has aquired quite a lot of nice features.
BareBones used to offer a freeware version of BBEdit called BBEdit Lite. It offered a limited text editing environment without most of the niceties of the full version (such as syntax coloring and scripting support, etc).
After pulling BBEdit Lite, BareBones released a text editor called TextWrangler for a little less than half the price of BBEdit. TextWrangler uses the text-editing core of BBEdit with some of its features (such as regular expression support in the Find feature, and applescript support), and appears to be oriented toward C, C++, and Objective-C developers for the Mac. It doesn’t offer a lot of the features aimed toward web developers that are present in BBEdit full version.
http://www.bbedit.com / http://www.barebones.com
BBEdit Lite is still available on BareBones’ ftp site - [ftp://ftp.barebones.com/pub/freeware/BBEdit_Lite_612.smi.hqx]
TextWrangler now is available for free from BareBones.
If the xcode text editor drives you nuts, you can use the xcodebuild command line command. Make a bbedit worksheet and try this:
cd /Users/username/Projects/YourApp/ xcodebuild open /Users/username/Projects/YourApp/build/YourApp.app/Contents/MacOS/YourApp
Eeew … I know some people prefer other editors, but this solution is a great, blind, flying leap backwards!
you can just set Xcode to open your files in BBEdit, or any other editor too, if you like.