BBEdit Returns to Mac App Store

Bare Bones Software today announced the return of BBEdit to the Mac App Store after a nearly five year hiatus.


The popular text, code, and markup editor is a free download on the Mac App Store with full features available for $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year via in-app purchase. BBEdit remains available on a perpetual license basis for $49.99 via Bare Bones Software's online store and at participating resellers.

BBEdit was updated in February to become a sandboxed app, a requirement to be distributed through the Mac App Store. Sandboxing limits apps to their intended use and is a protection implemented to prevent malicious software from working. BBEdit will require explicit permission to access files and folders on the Mac.

Bare Bones says BBEdit's features and capabilities are identical for all customers, whether downloaded directly from the Bare Bones Software web site or from the Mac App Store, and whether using a subscription or a perpetual license.

BBEdit offers a 30-day evaluation period, during which its full feature set is available. After the evaluation period has expired, you can continue to use BBEdit in "free mode" with permanent access to editing capabilities, but not web authoring tools or other exclusive features for paying customers.

BBEdit 12 features more than 300 new features and refinements since the last Mac App Store release of the software, including 64-bit support, macOS Mojave and Dark Mode support, Git integration, and much more.

The Mac App Store version requires macOS Mojave 10.14.2 or later, while the direct version requires macOS Sierra 10.12.6 or later.

BBEdit is just one of several well-known apps returning to the Mac App Store following its redesign and changes to sandboxing rules on macOS Mojave. Others include the Microsoft Office suite, Panic's file transfer app Transmit, and Adobe Lightroom CC, as revealed by Apple during its WWDC 2018 keynote.



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10 weeks ago
I've been using this forever. A truly powerful tool for dealing with text.
Rating: 9 Votes
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10 weeks ago
BBEdit is updated every 3 years (BBEdit 13 should be released fall 2020).

Perpetual major version license costs $49.99 and Bare Bones typically offer generous $20 discount when you upgrade (or $29.99). 6 years of latest perpetual BBEdit license can cost as low as $13.33/year.

So $39.99/year is ridiculously overpriced. It should be $1.99/month or $19.99/year at the most.
Rating: 7 Votes
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10 weeks ago

I hate all recurring payments period!

My rule of thumb before I sign up to any service is I religiously search for a one time fee alternative or just don’t sign up if I don’t absolutely need it.


[I]Bare Bones says BBEdit's features and capabilities are identical for all customers, whether downloaded directly from the Bare Bones Software web site or from the Mac App Store, and whether using a subscription or a perpetual license.[/I]

The Mac store offers a subscription model and the non-Mac store download offers a license.
Rating: 7 Votes
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10 weeks ago
BBEdit is a "classic" 3rd party Mac software from the Golden Age of Macintosh….. just like Eudora (which was made by QualComm :p).
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10 weeks ago
I remember using BBEdit many years ago (15+ years ago?) to write Perl and HTML. But with VSCode, Atom, Vim, and Emacs all thriving and free, as well as Sublime (not free but certainly has more community support than BBEdit) is there any reason to even bother? Honest question.
Rating: 5 Votes
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10 weeks ago

BBEdit is a "classic" 3rd party Mac software from the Golden Age of Macintosh….. just like Eudora (which was made by QualComm :p).


The Bare Bones t-shirt from years and years ago has held up great too. :)

I will continue to buy licensed upgrades of BBEdit directly from them.
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10 weeks ago
I hate all recurring payments period!

My rule of thumb before I sign up to any service is I religiously search for a one time fee alternative or just don’t sign up if I don’t absolutely need it.
Rating: 4 Votes
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10 weeks ago

BBEdit is a "classic" 3rd party Mac software from the Golden Age of Macintosh….. just like Eudora (which was made by QualComm :p).

I wonder what is the oldest Mac app that is still in active development.

The first Macintosh came out in 1984. And Steve Jobs gave Microsoft a preferential treatment to bring Word (and Multiplan) to Macintosh, which was released in 1985. So my guess is Microsoft Word.

Among the creative apps, I think QuarkXPress is the oldest (1987).

Both BBEdit and PCalc both came out in 1992.
Rating: 3 Votes
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10 weeks ago

BBEdit is updated every 3 years (BBEdit 13 should be released fall 2020).

Perpetual major version license costs $49.99 and Bare Bones typically offer generous $20 discount when you upgrade (or $29.99). 6 years of latest perpetual BBEdit license can cost as low as $13.33/year.

So $39.99/year is ridiculously overpriced. It should be $1.99/month or $19.99/year at the most.

Is the new price overpriced, or is the old price underpriced?

And is the lower price always better? If the extra cash is going to a weekend in Las Vegas, then I prefer the lower price. But if the extra cash is going back to the company (e.g. to hire another developer), then for many apps I prefer the higher price.

It all boils down to how much you care for the given app. Care that they add new features. That they fix bugs. That they scrutinize the code for security holes. Etc etc.
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10 weeks ago

Eudora (which was made by QualComm :p).


Eudora was written by Steve Dorner at UIUC. Qualcomm just bought it out and ported it to Windows, only to eventually abandon it.
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