Elevating the standard
Since Bare Bones think that “These overnight text editors don’t reflect well on the genre or the platform” I thought I’d try to make it into my normal (beta) release routine to mention just a few of the things that TextMate is bringing to the platform, accompanied with a little movie.
I just released beta 3 which has two new productivity features. One is the ability to quickly go to a file in your project by hitting ⌘T and enter an abbreviation for that file (inspired by LaunchBar & Quicksilver) so e.g. type “td” for your “ToDo.txt”, a movie showing this in action is here. The abbreviation matcher for beta 4 will btw be much improved!
The other productivity feature that I personally have grown quite fond of is an extension to the column typing. Instead of overtyping the selection you can press ⌥⌘A to append to each line in the selection. This is not just useful for adding a trailing comma, period, semi-colon,
</li>, or similar, but can also be used to type entire blocks of code as in this movie. So if you have a list of conditions, you can quickly type a skeleton body for each of these. The movie also makes use of snippets, auto-indent, auto-insertion of closing braces, and completion, which of course is also mirrored for each code block.