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Hi guys,

I recently got a Mac mini as a 2nd system. I was planning to use more my PC but guess what? after upping the RAM on the mini my PC is now my 2nd system...

So far, there's nothing I can't do on my Mac that I used to do with my PC (except for gaming), however, since I'm fairly new to the Mac OS arena I know very little about software. I do a lot of programming for my company in a proprietary scripting language and I really appreciate a text editor capable of doing syntax coloring on non-standard languages. I use UltraEdit on my PCs. I tried BBEdit on my Mac and I think it's awesome for HTML editing (I also have to do some PHP thingies from time to time so I'll keep it) but I can't seem to find an option in it to add a non-standard language for syntax coloring. I also miss the search capabilities of UltraEdit.

Can you recommend me a text editor that can do at least syntax coloring for non std languages?

Thanks in advance
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A free one would be AppleWorks that comes with OS X. Or if you want to buy Office 2004 for Mac.
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or buy iworks which comes with pages a word prossessor and keynote which is like powerpoint I think keynote is way easyer than powerpoint and pages and word are equel. iworks is 79 bucks and the cheapest office for mac is 150 get iwork
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Not sure if it will meet all your needs or not, but you might try TextWrangler from Bare Bones at http://www.barebones.com It seems like a very nice program and you can't beat the price....Free...
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For those of you who seem confused: A word processor (AppleWorks, Word, Pages) is not the same thing as a text editor. They serve different needs.

Anyway...

JEdit (http://www.jedit.org/) has this ability, I believe.

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Not sure if it will meet all your needs or not, but you might try TextWrangler from Bare Bones at http://www.barebones.com It seems like a very nice program and you can't beat the price....Free...
TextWrangler is a reduced-feature-set BBEdit derivative, and it doesn't have this feature, either.

There is a development kit for creating new language modules for BBEdit/TextWrangler, but it's not a trivial task.
Have you tried Googling for a third-party module that supports the language you're working with? There are a bunch of them out there.
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Thanks for all your help. However, technologist is right. I need an editor pretty much like BBEdit but with additional customization capabilities.

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Have you tried Googling for a third-party module that supports the language you're working with? There are a bunch of them out there.
The problem is that the language I'm using is proprietary. That is, it is developed at the company I work for. I'll take a look @ JEdit and check if it can do that. It's not an absolutely must have feature for me but it would be really nice to have.

Thanks a lot.
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Thanks for all your help. However, technologist is right. I need an editor pretty much like BBEdit but with additional customization capabilities.



The problem is that the language I'm using is proprietary. That is, it is developed at the company I work for. I'll take a look @ JEdit and check if it can do that. It's not an absolutely must have feature for me but it would be really nice to have.

Thanks a lot.
Just checked out Jedit and it looks like it should work. Make sure to check out all the plugins for it. One of those should work for you.
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I'll put in another vote for jEdit.

The best part about it is that it's cross platform because it's written in Java, so people can go on any Linux/BSD/Solaris/OS X/Windows system and use the exact same editor (provided Java is installed, of course.)
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Another option is SubEthaEdit. http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/ It is a very cool application with a bunch of default syntax highlighting options as well as allowing user defined syntax highlighting. I use it for light editing as well as quick collaboration on docs for clients. (The collab features are neat but it is a very nice editor even ignoring that feature.)
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Another option is SubEthaEdit. http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/ It is a very cool application with a bunch of default syntax highlighting options as well as allowing user defined syntax highlighting. I use it for light editing as well as quick collaboration on docs for clients. (The collab feature are neat but it is a very nice editor even ignoring that feature.)
i second that. check it outi did all the coding, inclusing the css file with SubEthaEdit. I am just a beginner, but the color coded syntax is a help. I alos have never use the collaborate feature

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