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10.6: Limitations of TextWrangler or BBEdit from the Mac App Store
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 12, '11 04:13:04PM
My original hint title was "Do not install TextWrangler or BBEdit from the Mac App Store." I see it has been tamed down a little bit.

This really put me off from the Mac App Store when I found this out (thanks to the commenter on the App Store for pointing it out). I now feel I should completely avoid using it, even just for updates, unless I only want to get dumbed down version of my favorite programs. edit is probably my third most typed command in the work I do (after git and open). I don't know what part of Apple's terms of service prevent a power user tool like TextWrangler from installing command line tools or doing authenticated saves, but they should seriously consider changing it if they don't want to scare away their power user community (of which I think the majority of the readership of this site is part of). I swear, the day that I have to jailbreak my own Mac just to use it is the day I switch to Linux.
Edited on Jan 12, '11 04:15:08PM by asmeurer


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10.6: Limitations of TextWrangler or BBEdit from the Mac App Store
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 13, '11 06:24:38AM

I love Apple, but unfortunately I don't they really care too much about their power user community. Most of the features they've implement seem to be aimed toward the more computer illiterate crowd, and Apple themselves doesn't offer many tools to make it easy for a power user. A good example is the severely limited control they offer over Time Machine - without doing Terminal magic or getting a third party utility, you have to stick to backing up every hour and you can't really tell what it's doing each time it backs up. (Most of the power tools available come from third parties, and it's often hard to find exactly what you want because of OS restrictions.) I would think Apple should care more about us though since I would think that a lot of their users are power users - after all, why would someone who doesn't care much about computers pay $1500 for a Mac when they can get the same specs on a PC for $500?



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