Subject:   Editing hidden files?
Date:   2004-11-10 09:31:44
From:   williamdetmar
Thanks for the article, I'm testing out Smultron.

I've tried BBEdit, TextWrangler, SubEthaEdit, JEdit, Tex-Edit, and Smultron. I'm really looking for two things out of a text editor. 1) I want to be able to do html and shell coding with contextual highlighting. 2) I also want to be able to open and edit hidden files like Apache config files.

After playing with some of these apps I find some that can give me contextual highlighting, but only BBEdit, TextWrangler, and Smultron seem to be able to open hidden files from the "file" menu. Is this something that all editors can do and am I missing some setting to enable this feature on the other apps? Or is this some advanced feature that I will always find in a GUI editor?

I'd really like to purchase BBEdit for all that and the ability to highlight text and insert the proper html tags. But if I can get my first two needs answered, maybe I don't need to shell out the big bucks for BBEdit.