BBEdit vs. UltraEdit

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BBEdit
Score 8.2 out of 10
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BBEdit is a text editor from Bare Bones software headquartered in Massachusetts.N/A
UltraEdit
Score 9.6 out of 10
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UltraEdit is a text editor from IDM Computer Solutions headquartered in Hamilton.N/A
Pricing
BBEditUltraEdit
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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BBEditUltraEdit
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10
BBEdit
BBEdit
Score 8.2 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
BBEditUltraEdit
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(7 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(7 ratings)
9.9
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
BBEditUltraEdit
Likelihood to Recommend
Bare Bones Software
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.
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IDM Computer Solutions
UltraEdit is well suited for editing very large files. The macro editor is very powerful and easy to use. If one needs a quick-to-open text file editor, you will find UltraEdit much too slow to load. Compared to some free editors on the market, the basic individual user license is quite expensive.
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Pros
Bare Bones Software
  • 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.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • Search and replace in files that are not open
  • Cut and paste columns - I don't know any other program that can do this!
  • Is a super fast and powerful text editor.
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Cons
Bare Bones Software
  • 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.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • The color coding capacity is rudimentary and keyword based only. A good color coding mechanism should allow context.
  • With the latest versions, the top menu has a lot of big icons and has a user-friendly kind of look which impacts the actual text window. Most users don't fancy pretty icons and like efficiency over pretty buttons.
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Usability
Bare Bones Software
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IDM Computer Solutions
As a program UltraEdit comes ready to use out of the box and requires very little setup for it to be extremely useful. It's flexibility among a wide array of tasks and files makes it a go-to for all our troubleshooting and data viewing needs. Timely updates and great support.
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Support Rating
Bare Bones Software
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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IDM Computer Solutions
Have never needed support, not once. So giving them a 10 for the fact that their product is so good that we've never needed it.
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Alternatives Considered
Bare Bones Software
BBEdit wins over TextEdit every time. They are as different as chalk and cheese. I am so glad we moved to BBEdit.
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IDM Computer Solutions
I have evaluated Notepad++ as an alternative to UltraEdit. In some cases, such as loading time, Notepad++ is a superior product. However, in terms of editing existing macros, and editing very large text files UltraEdit is a much better product.
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Return on Investment
Bare Bones Software
  • 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.
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IDM Computer Solutions
  • Its ease of use and functionality make it fast and reliable which saves my designers time.
  • Its simplicity makes it fast and easy to train new users.
  • UE's guidance features make it a great tool with a good ROI.
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