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10.5: Disable automatic hyperlink creation in Smultron 3.2
Authored by: gaoshan on Nov 07, '07 10:06:58AM

I'm curious as to why you use Smultron to create posts. I've used it when I need a quick text editor for some small change to something but I generally find TextWrangler to be more robust for basic text editing (esp. things like straighten/educate quotes, normalize line endings, hard wrap, change case, zap gremlins).

I never considered using Smultron for blog posts so I'm intrigued to find that you use it for that. Why?



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10.5: Disable automatic hyperlink creation in Smultron 3.2
Authored by: robg on Nov 07, '07 10:42:00AM

I just prefer its interface, and I don't deal with 'smart text' very much -- the submission queue here on hints is 100% pure text, so there's no formatting issue to worry about. TextWrangler is admittedly more powerful (as its its ultra powerful uncle, BBEdit), but I find both confusing and overly-busy environments in which to work (too many preferences, too hard to find the simple functions I want to use, etc.).

Smultron is simple and easy, and has a handy 'close tag' menu (which TextWrangler may very well have as well, but I can't seem to find it). So as I type HTML, I can just hit Cmd-T to close whatever tag it is I've presently got open.

Text editors are really a matter of personal preference -- I do use TextWrangler and BBedit for more complex stuff, like large search-and-replace tasks with grep. But for typing simple text files, I just like Smultron's interface.

(My all time fave is actually jEdit, but it was just a bit too slow and buggy on OS X, so I switched.) I need to give it another look and see how it's progressed; I loved it's plug-ins...

-rob.



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