December 04, 2012, 9:14 PM — Bare Bones Software on Tuesday released BBEdit 10.5, a substantial upgrade to its powerful text editor for Mac OS X. BBEdit adds support for Retina display Macs, introduces features for more powerful navigation, adds options for maintaining websites, and includes a slew of other aesthetic, functional, and under-the-hood improvements. The update is available for free to existing customers, both direct from the Bare Bones website, and in the Mac App Store.
"We decided to make this release exciting for every user of BBEdit, not just those with a Retina Mac," Bare Bones's Rich Siegel told Macworld. The Retina display support will no doubt thrill users of such Macs, but Siegel also emphasized other visual improvements in the app: It sports a slimmer toolbar (allowing more text to fit on the screen), a more traditional sidebar aimed to be more aesthetically pleasing, and desaturated icons to avoid visual distractions. "We gave everything a polish to add a sparkle to it," Siegel said.
The new navigation features in BBEdit 10.5 are numerous. There's a new menu in town called Go, which usurps a few options from the still-present Search menu of yesteryear, like Go To Line. The menu also better exposes features that were previously tucked away deeper in the app. One entirely new navigation feature is Jump Points, which algorithmically logs spots you jump to in your document, setting impermanent bookmarks of a sort. When you want to jump back to your previous position in a lengthy document, the floating Jump Points palette can get you there quickly.
Improvements to BBEdit's Counterparts feature make simpler work of cross-document navigation, too: It's possible to more speedily open files that are related to the current document, or that reside in the same folder as the current document. Such contextual file access appears in the updated Markdown options as well--you get quick access to relevant and recent files, along with references for in-page anchors, when adding images and links. "It's about aiding the user whenever possible," Siegel said.