After I got frustrated with the default Mac OS X text editor (TextEdit) for doing simple tasks, I decided to make my own custom plain text editor with the stuff I needed. I like using simple editors to make quick fixes on code files and to write notes. Since TextEdit supports RTF, whenever I pasted any content from the web it would transform my text to RTF and break everything. This also happened if you opened an HTML file with it... No good experiences at all.
TipTyper is the product of this frustration. It does everything I need, is lightweight and fully integrated to the most recent technologies from Mac OS X. The features include:
Lines display (hideable, ⌘L).
Words counter (hideable, ⌘D).
Go to Line feature (⌘⇧L).
Customizable Toolbar with multiple useful buttons.
Automatic Tabs insertion feature to make coding easier. (Disabled by default)
Smart indentation algorithm, supporting loose, selected and multiple selected blocks of text
Editor Margin feature, available from the Toolbar.
True Full-Screen support.
Retina screen ready.
Support for dictation and speech.
Spell check and grammar.
Automatic update checker and downloader (thanks to Sparkle).
The minimum supported OS X version is OS X 10.7, but it was only tested on OS X 10.9 and 10.10. Feedback is welcome!
I most certainly wish to add more features in the future versions, so if you use it, please stay tuned!
Last version supporting 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Only serious bugs will be fixed in the future.
Security note for OS X 10.7.5+ users:
The default installation of OS X may not allow TipTyper to run, saying it "Can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer".
This is a security feature of the operating system. In order to run the app, all you need to do it right-click TipTyper.app and click "Open", and then click "Open" on the confirmation dialog. This will only be necessary once.
Version 2.2.1 - ()
Fixed bug when restoring file from previous version.
Fixed bug when hiding the info bar.
Version 2.2 - ()
Fixed bug when trying to open unsupported files.
Highly improved encoding support. TipTyper now tries to detect the file encoding, but you can still reopen it with a desired encoding.
Dropped support to 10.6! In the preparations to support OS X Yosemite some legacy code had to be removed. Sorry :/
Added option to count spaces as characters or not.
Some other minor stability fixes.
Version 2.1.2 - ()
Last version supporting 10.6. No new features will be added to the version as of now. If bugs are found they may be fixed.
Includes some bugfixes from version 2.2.
Version 2.1.1 - ()
Removed internationalization support in order to support OS X 10.7 and 10.6 better. Sorry for the trouble.
Version 2.1 - ()
Added new modular text indentation algorithm.
New hot 'about' window displaying lots of information.
Added support for localizations. App now available in English (en) and Portuguese (pt). Interested in translating TipTyper? Message me in here.
Tab character size is now customizable!
Some bug fixes a.k.a. App is now more stable.
Version 2.0.1 - ()
Recompiled to support Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6).
Version 2.0 - ()
Completely redesigned core and interface.
All new app fully compatible with older versions' features and preferences!
Customizable Toolbar with many useful buttons.
New auto-tab insertion feature makes it easier to edit code. (Disabled by default)
Rewritten many tool functions, fixing numerous bugs in the previous version.
Better support for documents using CR+LF new line characters.
New "editor margin" feature to improve writting long texts.
Version 1.2.1 - ()
Fixed annoying bug where file would not be saved despite the App saying it was. Sorry for that.
Added 'go to line' feature! Just press ⌘⇧L.
Added preferences window where user can choose the default colors and fonts of the editor! (Thanks Frederico!).
Improved the Save window, now more consistent.
Some other other bug-fixes in the inner workings (better performance).
Added support to OS X 10.7 (not tested, feedback welcome).
Version 1.2 - ()
Added multiple encodings support! Now open files in any encoding supported by OS X.
Moved on to Sparkle. Automatic updates! \o/
New data shown on stats bar: lines counting and current encoding.
Fixed bug that caused files to be saved without the extension at all.
Zillions of other bug-fixes.
Version 1.1 - ()
Added update checker functionality.
Checks for updates on every lauch, but keeps quiet if there are no updates.
Version 1.0.1 - ()
Fixed bug when opening incompatible files.
Version 1.0 - ()
Thank you very much for your interest in TipTyper! I would be very glad to hear feedback from users from all around the world! If you wish to get in contact with me, just click here to visit my Home Page contact form. Thanks!