TextEdit is described as 'When you need to create text documents, TextEdit is a highly versatile word processor, including tools to format and layout your page, edit and stylize text, check spelling, create tables and lists, import graphics, work with HTML, and even add music and movie files' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to TextEdit for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or gedit. Other great apps like TextEdit are GNU nano (Free, Open Source), CudaText (Free, Open Source), Notepad (Free) and UltraEdit (Paid).
GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.
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GNU nano is a terminal based editor which does not at all resemble TextEdit
Negative comment • 7 months ago
Nano is a great terminal based editor, but anyone looking for an alternative to TextEdit is of course expecting a GUI application.
CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus. It starts quite fast (0.5 sec with ~30 plugins on CPU Intel Core i3 3Hz). It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools).
Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and more...
TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.