Apr 27 2009
Coding, writing and editing text isn’t why you bought that new Core Duo, but freeware developers have proven there is still a lot of innovation to be had in one of the Mac’s oldest tasks.
Tiger users will love this lightweight and fast text editor. It supports advanced text formatting and edits both rich text and Word formatted files.
WriteInOne lets you edit multiple documents from one window. You can easily switch between open documents by selecting them in a fly-out drawer. The interface could use some polish, but I think you’ll find it a quick and easy way to edit .doc and .rtf files.
Using Panther and looking for a Word alternative? Abiword is one of the oldest and most robust Word alternatives out there. The Open Source project supports Word format and advanced editing. It is lightweight, and provides a faster more elegant experience than OpenOffice.org.
This Tiger only download is one of the sexiest text editors you’ll find. It automatically applies color markup to code of all kinds and features many configuration options.
Smultron handles multiple open files and includes split view and HTML preview. There’s an older version for Panther users too.
If you’re into the kind of writing people (rather than machines) read, then you should check out iText Express. This rich text editor features Word-like formatting including chapters, headers and footers. There’s a bookmark feature too.
Text editing my not be glamorous, but with these apps, it may be a little faster and more effective.