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BBEdit 13 ready for macOS Catalina

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 13.0, a new version to its professional strength text and code editor.

Ready for macOS Catalina, it brings more than 100 new features, changes, and improvements. A new “Grep Cheat Sheet” provides a quick reference to commonly used pattern idioms at common points of need. In addition, new Pattern Playgrounds present an approachable interface for learning, developing

and testing regular expression search patterns (“grep patterns”) in a safe environment. These tools support the learning process for those new to regular expression searching, and provide additional efficiency for experienced users.

Using the technology introduced in the “Live Search” command, BBEdit 13 now brings “live” display of both literal and regular expression matching while entering a search string in the Find window. This new feature allows for a quick visual preview of the potential effects of a search or replace operation.

In addition, BBEdit 13 adds support for multiple selection and editing via three new commands to select Live Search results, matches for the currently selected text, or the current search string in the Find window. Once selected, editing one instance changes them all.

BBEdit 13 introduces a new “Apply Transform” command, which provides an immediate means to apply any single text transformation to multiple files and folders.

Building on the Dark Mode support for macOS Mojave, BBEdit 13 presents an option to automatically switch the application appearance and text color schemes to match the system-wide appearance, plus a simplified model for working with text color schemes and per-language customization for both light and dark mode. In addition to improved flexibility and appearance, BBEdit 13’s automatic appearance switching is a natural fit with automatic Dark Mode switching introduced in macOS Catalina.

A 30-day, fully featured demo version of BBEdit is available for download. At the end of the evaluation period, it will continue to run with a permanent feature set that includes its editing capabilities, but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. Registration for new users is $49.99. 

Owners of BBEdit 12 can upgrade for $29.99. Owners of BBEdit 11 or earlier can upgrade for $39.99. New licenses and upgrades are available directly from the Bare Bones Software online store (

Anyone who purchased BBEdit on or after May 1, 2019, is eligible to receive a free upgrade, while all eligible customers who purchased directly from Bare Bones Software will be notified automatically via email. BBEdit 13.0 requires macOS 10.14.2 or later.

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