When people ask me what features of BBEdit I use, I can mention
Markdown tools and syntax support, which I use for writing stories
like this one. But the other thing I use BBEdit for is a bit more
esoteric and hard to describe — something I call “text munging”,
for lack of a better word.
Text munging takes many forms, but generally it happens when
you’ve got a bunch of text in one format and you need to get it
into a different format. I’ve used BBEdit to transform the source
pages of websites, to format a mailing list properly, and more.
Today I used it to generate a podcast feed out of a chunk of HTML.
And while I realize that’s not a task most people will do, perhaps
this article can serve as a little bit of inspiration for some
future moment when you find yourself in desperate need of a fast
way out of an intractable text situation.
Jason and I are very similarly inclined this way. Text in format A that I want in format B — I always turn to BBEdit. I was curious what the hell he used Excel for, but it turned out to be the sort of thing Excel (or Numbers — I stopped understanding how Excel works years ago) is perfect for.