Pixel Corps TV

Episode Guide


December 29th, 2007

Studio: Timecode Overlay in Compressor

Brian Gary shows us how to burn timecode into footage using Compressor.

December 20th, 2007

Video Compressors

Alex and Leo discuss video compression software for your Mac.

December 12th, 2007

Text Editors

Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay explore the features of some top developer-ready text editors.

December 5th, 2007

Image Editor Roundup

Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay explore the features of image editors for your Mac.

November 28th, 2007

Studio: 3D in Motion

Mark Spencer shows us how to manipulate objects in 3D space within Motion.

November 20th, 2007

Studio: Quick DVD Menu

Steve Martin shows us how to make a simple menu from an existing video stream.

November 14th, 2007

Studio: Droplets and Templates in Compressor

Brian Gary returns to show us how to setup templates for recurring compression tasks.

MacBreak Video

MacBreak Video
Running time: 17:17

December 12th, 2007

Text Editors

Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay explore the features of some top developer-ready text editors.

Detailed notes on the text editors can be found here.

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Large text files

Submitted by linuxhack on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 22:22

While I prefer the more modern interfaces of TextMate and Smultron, neither deals well with large text files. I often open and search large text log files and most text editors I have tried on the mac take a trip to the beach when opening large files.

I don't want to use separate programs depending on the size of text file I want to open so I am limit to using TextWrangler (or an emacs/vi port) as my primary text editor. (I assume BBEdit would work as well as TextWrangler does as well, but haven't tried it.)

Can't someone make a modern, tabbed, text editor for mac that works as well on large files as ultraedit does on the PC!

Turning off Rich Text and Saving as Plain Text in Text Edit

Submitted by psygnisfive on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 21:00

Go up to the Format menu and click Make Plain Text. Now when you save it'll only save as .txt

forgotten freeware... Smultron

Submitted by jbrave77 on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 16:16

One text editor that you forgot to mention on the show was a piece of freeware by Peter Borg - Smultron.
It is very powerful, supporting many of the features of the mentioned editors, such as snippets, syntax colouring, etc.
I've been using it for quite a while, mainly for html, and am very satisfied - and you can't beat the price!

You can download it from http://smultron.sourceforge.net/

I've used both

Submitted by astromac on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 02:00

About 2 weeks ago I switched to TextMate from BBEdit for my web development work. Here's my short list of pros and cons...

BBEdit pros

  • Find and Replace. With saved searches and highlighted regular expression syntax I find it much more useful than TextMate's.
  • Text Factories. This is a seriously major feature that I use frequently. I keep BBEdit in my tool arsenal for this feature alone.
  • Printing. BBEdit simply makes a nicer and more useful hard copy of your code.

BBEdit cons

  • Not a Cocoa app. This might seem trivial but it makes a difference. I this reason alone that I think TextMate will begin to pull away from BBEdit.
  • Code Autocompletion. There is none. It is much more palette and menu-driven than TextMate.
  • No tabbed interface. Tabs feel natural to me. The drawer is a big waste of screen real estate.
  • Too expensive. $129 makes it the most expensive text editor out there. By far. And to think they reduced the price from $199.

TextMate pros

  • Keyboard-driven interface. You're typing, right? Why reach for the mouse?
  • Bundles. They make BBEdit TextMate's bitch. So much more capable than BBEdit's clippings. The core reason that convinced me to switch.
  • Syntax highlighting and Themes. Much, much more robust than BBEdit is capable of.
  • Javascript-enabled preview pane.In the age of Ajax and Web 2.0 (sorry) it is so handy to be able to have your javascript execute.

TextMate cons

  • No Split Pane. This one makes my cry every day. The #1 feature I miss from BBEdit.
  • Steeper learning curve. To really make TextMate sing you must learn keyboard shortcuts. A lot of them.

Because I'm only just using TextMate I'm certain that there are some gems (and warts) I have yet to discover. If TextMate 2.0 comes with split panes and something similar to Text Factories then I'd delete BBEdit off my hard drive. Until then, I'll use TextMate for my daily work and keep BBEdit around when a Text Factory is needed.

While likely subjective, TextMate feels like a young app that has a ton of potential. TextMate 2.0 will only run in Leopard. That's exciting to me. BBEdit feels like it's beginning to be left behind by its Carbon codebase.

Lastly, the last time I upgraded BBEdit from 8.0 to 8.5 it cost me over half as much as the full purchase price of TextMate. TextMate 2.0 will be a free upgrade. Enough said.

BBedit is older then 10

Submitted by jfoster on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 20:22

BBedit was originally released as freeware in 1991. A fact that the Bare Bones history doesn't tell.