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Atom is great for developers looking for a completely hackable experience. There is a ton of plugins available to you, and you can really build an editor that matches your own personal taste. The performance is also pretty neat and does not impact your CPU as much as the competition.
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I'm primarily a graphic designer who does occasional web development. For me, BBEdit works very well. I use it both for developer projects (editing code, editing system files) and for general text processing (cleaning up, formatting, or extracting text). I like that it offers real-time previews of edits to web project files. It comes with some nice editor themes and supports adding more or customizing them. I expect that for some coders, it will be inadequate. It is not an IDE. On the other end of the spectrum, someone who expects an experience more like Microsoft Word will be very disappointed; or if they wanted something more along the lines of Windows Notepad, they may find it to be overkill. It is an ASCII text editor with many advanced commands and tools built-in.
Read full review Pros Atom is highly customizable and allows for various themes and extensions that can make your code easier to read. Atom has many code hinting features that allow users to write faster and integrate with services likeLINT that can clean up your code once your done to meet your internal teams style choices. It's very fast and manages projects well - Accessing other files within a related folder(s) is very easy and intuitive. It's free! Read full review BBEdit remembers what I had open, so I never have to worry about losing work when I accidentally close the software. It will hold onto information almost indefinitely, so that the next time I open a program, I can access the information that I may have forgotten to save. Thankfully, its save function is also very simple to use, so I recommend still saving your work as needed. Scripts are the most important aspect of BBEdit for the company I work for. Being able to import scripts and create new ones all in the same location are great. Read full review Cons There should be a better user tips manual page to learn keyboard shortcuts It would also be beneficial if mathematical and data analytic tools were added it has quite high start-up timing when you open large projects to work on it Sometimes, atom closed suddenly and do not open again It still lacks better options with the previews even though there are already some by users adding plugins It doesn't have self-correct features for lint errors, unlike IntelliJ Read full review The cost of this product has just become too much for the functionality that most people need. You can find free or $10 tools that do what most people need to do. The BBEdit program has lots of functionality, but could it be too much? Are there too many options? It seems that there are too many upgrades. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Well Atom is open source so the re-new is a no brainer. The only way I would stop using Atom is if the developers somehow made it not function well. Or, if the project got forked to a commercial version or something. Or, there could be the case that development stops or that it was not updated on this or that platform
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Atom has an active forum and a Slack group where you can ask technical questions. Occasionally, the authors will pop in to answer a few questions here and there, but most of the time, its other helpful users who will assist you. Though they aren't the most knowledgeable, they are at least timely.
As for plugin support, that differs with each plugin, but as I mentioned before, many plugins are no longer maintained.
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I've been using BBEdit — no joke — for nearly three decades now. Believe it or not, I'm still getting "upgrade pricing" 13 versions later. Bare Bones' support has always been stellar, and pricing continues to be affordable compared to similar tools.
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Just download and install
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They are both pretty good; however, Sublime is free to use but on a trial basis. Atom is free open source. Sublime doesn't have the Github integration or a project file browser. Sublime does have a workspace view option but haven't really used it as much as Atom.
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BBEdit wins over
every time. They are as different as chalk and cheese. I am so glad we moved to BBEdit.
Read full review Return on Investment The tool we use when we need quick fixes. Allows fast, reliable scripting to fix urgent problems in our applications. When applications grow from 5-10 files to 100's, they need to be migrated to a heavier-duty IDE. This can be cumbersome and quite annoying, but is necessary to maintain code integrity on such a large scale (since it cannot be done with the limited default toolset of Atom). Read full review It saves me time, not only with web projects, but even with design, when I want to strip out formatting in text, I bring it in to BBEdit to clean it up. Read full review ScreenShots