Alternative Text Editers aside Text Edit?

macOS & Mac Apps

I know about Ulysses, and things like the native built in Notes app, but I don't need something quite as suffisticated as Ulysses that does markdown, etc. I just need a real basic text editer. Not even something that stores things like Notes. I just need something that opens basic ascii text txt files, and will also let me write and save txt files. I know you're probably asking, well dang! You may as well just use Text Edit then. What's wrong with it? Trust me, I have reasons.

I'd prefer something either free, or at least something no more than 10 bucks at the absolute most pushing it. It doesn't need to number each line of text, as I'm not using this as a coding editer. If the app isn;'t free, the only thing I then ask is, it not be a subscription based payment. Let me just pay once only and then I'm done.



Submitted by HEXAGON on Thursday, May 20, 2021

TextMate was recommended to me just recently. The editor is quite slim and can be used flawlessly with VoiceOver. It is suitable for plain text as well as for some scripting languages. And it's free.

Submitted by Voracious P. Brain on Friday, May 21, 2021

Well, dang, what *is* wrong with text-edit? It'd be helpful to know your reasons, since it's at least possible they're overcommable. For example, there's a preference to set the default to ASCII rather than rich text, and codings other than UTF-8 can be chosen as well.
But I'm loving the free version of Drafts. Syncs beautifully with Mac and IOS, has nifty scratchpad features like sending the current text to an ongoing cloud "journal" file, etc. Another feature I like is that it flips to a fresh blank draft after a user-configurable amount of time, so that it runs in the background all the time for me and I can always command-tab back to it and paste something or start typing without worrying about opening a file, saving a file, etc. Everything just goes in the "inbox" list of drafts, though you can add tags to drafts with command-t and then filter by that tag. Lots of powerful actions and even scripting are available, but none of it gets in the way of just typing.

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Saturday, May 22, 2021

CotEditor is also free and it is found in the App Store. I like this one because as soon as you open it it is in a blank document ready to type.