This big BBEdit 14 update could make it the ultimate note-taker for Mac

Bbedit 14 Screenshot
Bbedit 14 Screenshot (Image credit: Bare Bones Software)

What you need to know

  • BBEdit 14 is now available for download and it includes some important new features.
  • People who used BBEdit as a note-taking app now have features specifically designed for the task.

Fans of the BBEdit text editor from Bare Bones Software have a big new update to enjoy, with version 14 now available for download. The improvements are many and varied, but the new Notes feature is arguably the biggest one for a ton of people.

Designed for editing text of all kinds, many people use BBEdit as a plain text notes app. But it wasn't ever really designed for that — until now. A new Notes feature helps note-takers quickly create new files with the app also automatically adding a title to avoid the dreaded collection of "untitled text" files.

Notes - We know that many of our customers create a lot of untitled documents for quick note-taking, and rely on BBEdit's legendary stability and robust crash recovery to protect their work. We've added a new "Notes" feature in BBEdit 14, which provides a large variety of ways to create notes that automatically save themselves, and, perhaps more important, automatically title themselves so that you don't end up wondering which of your 305 "untitled text" documents is the one you're looking for.

There's more too, of course. Enhanced developer features have been added for those who use BBEdit to write code, while new built-in languages include syntax coloring for Go, R, Rust, Lisp-family languages (Common Lisp, Scheme, Clojure), and Pixar Universal Scene Description (USD) text files.

You can check out the detailed change notes for the full rundown of what's gone into BBEdit 14, and the app can be downloaded now. There's a free 30-day trial for those who want to take the app for a spin, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.