Bare Bones Software Ships BBEdit 8.0
Major Upgrade to Professional HTML and Text Editor With Over 100 New
Features and Enhancements Designed to Increase Productivity
BEDFORD, Mass. – August 30, 2004 – Bare Bones Software, Inc., developer of
leading-edge power tools for Mac OS X, today announced the release and
immediate availability of BBEdit(R) 8.0, a major upgrade to its
award-winning HTML and text editor.
BBEdit 8.0 introduces over one hundred new features and improvements,
including a new Documents Drawer and Navigation Bar interface, new Text
Factories for automating text processing, numerous enhancements to the
product’s signature HTML markup tools, improved Unicode support, integrated
support for Perforce, and much more. BBEdit 8.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.5.
“BBEdit has always provided deep HTML and text editing capabilities with a
clean interface,” said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software,
Inc. “For version 8.0, we have distilled our years of Mac development
experience and customer feedback into a set of exciting new features to
enhance our customers’ productivity.”
BBEdit 8.0 introduces new interface options to allow multiple documents to
be opened into a single window, and to provide easy, efficient navigation
between multiple open documents. The Documents Drawer presents a list of
open documents in a given editing window, and switches to another document
with a single keystroke or mouse gesture. The Navigation Bar works alone,
or in concert with the Documents Drawer, to provide an alternate interface
for switching between documents in a window while conserving screen real
Building on BBEdit’s strong text processing and transformation abilities,
the new Text Factory feature now, for the first time, provides a mechanism
to apply BBEdit’s powerful arsenal of tools across multiple files and
folders, quickly and easily. Text Factories allow the BBEdit customer to
create a list of individual text-processing operations, and apply them in
order and with corresponding options, over a designated document, or set of
documents and folders. No scripting or programming is necessary to create a
Text Factory. A Text Factory may run in the background, may include
AppleScripts or Unix scripts, and may be saved for future use.
Version 8.0 incorporates significant advances to BBEdit’s signature HTML
markup tools, including enhanced CSS markup tools and a more flexible HTML
syntax checker with support for “exclusion zones” and partial-document
checking. New Preview Server support enables previewing of pages which
require server-side processing before rendering. The newly integrated HTML
Tidy tool formats and cleans up HTML code, and can be used to convert
between HTML and XHTML.
BBEdit 8.0 features enhanced support for editing and processing Unicode
text files, and can now work with documents written in multiple
BBEdit’s already legendary multi-file search and replace capabilities have
been enhanced in version 8.0 to support the searching of multiple discrete
files and folders as selected by the customer. Multiple multi-file search
and replace operations now run as background tasks, leaving the application
usable for other purposes.
Seamless integration with the Perforce Fast Software Configuration
Management System (SCM) now allows BBEdit 8.0 customers to perform Perforce
functions within BBEdit. The leading commercial version control system,
Perforce is used in large and small enterprises for multi-file updates,
concurrent development, and managing multiple software releases. Additional
information about Perforce Software Inc. and its products can be found at
“Perforce has always been in the forefront of providing SCM support for the
Macintosh,” said Nigel Chanter, chief operating officer of Perforce
Software. “Now with this seamless integration with BBEdit, developers have
access to a winning combination of tools.”
Additional integration with the Unix command-line environment includes
enhancements to the “bbedit” command-line tool, a new “bbdiff” tool for
invoking BBEdit’s powerful “Find Differences,” support for Perl debugging
using the Affrus environment from Late Night Software
http://www.latenightsw.com/, and integration with Exuberant Ctags
http://ctags.sourceforge.net/ for source-code indexing and navigation.
For more information on BBEdit, or to download a fully functional demo
version, visit the company’s web site:
Pricing and Availability
Through October 31, 2004, BBEdit 8.0 is available at an introductory price
of US$179, with a suggested retail price of US$199 effective November 1,
2004. Anyone who purchased BBEdit on or after June 1, 2004 is eligible to
receive a free upgrade, and, if purchased directly from Bare Bones
Software, will be notified automatically via email.
BBEdit 8.0 may be purchased directly from Bare Bones Software and many
major Macintosh software resellers. For a partial listing of domestic and
international resellers, visit:
All registered owners of BBEdit version 2.5 and later are eligible to
upgrade to BBEdit 8.0 by ordering directly from Bare Bones Software.
Registered owners of BBEdit 7.0 and 7.1 who are not eligible for the free
upgrade can upgrade for US$49; registered owners of BBEdit 6.5 and older
can upgrade for US$59.
A discounted cross-upgrade price of US$129 is available to owners of BBEdit
Lite, Adobe GoLive, or Macromedia Dreamweaver. Educational discounts and
site license pricing are also available. For details please visit the
company’s web site at http://www.barebones.com/store/index.shtml, send
email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (781) 687-0700.
About Bare Bones Software, Inc.
Bare Bones Software, Inc., incorporated in 1994, is a privately-held
corporation based in Bedford, MA. BBEdit, the company’s flagship product,
has received numerous accolades from press and users, including a 2001
Macworld Editor’s Choice Award, a “Great” rating from MacAddict Magazine,
and a rating of 4-and-a-half mice from Macworld Magazine. The company’s
expanding product family also includes TextWrangler, a high-performance
plain text editor, Mailsmith, and Super Get Info. For more information,
visit http://www.barebones.com/ or send email to email@example.com.