By John Gruber
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These are all nice, the Webkit preview particularly so. But what’s revealing is that all three features share one thing in common: even though BBEdit 7.1 is supported for use on Mac OS 9.1 and 9.2; these new features are only available when running on Mac OS X.
That’s not a sign of disdain or laziness on the part of Bare Bones’s programmers — it’s just reality. All three features are based on system services that are only available on Mac OS X. Backwards compatibility is noble, but not at the expense of progress. This is the gist of my full coverage of 7.1, coming soon to MDJ and MWJ.
Also, more importantly, the “Gruber” easter egg in the About BBEdit box still works.