Developer: Peter Borg Apps AB
Current Version: 3.8.4
Last Updated: 2 years ago
Download Size: 2.4 MB - Download
(If you are using OS X 10.9 or later you can get Smultron 6, 7 or 8 that have many new features and improvements.)
With Smultron you can easily write and edit text. It is a text editor for the rest of us which is both easy to use, elegant and very powerful.
• Do you ever quickly want to just write down some text without worrying about formatting?
• Do you ever want to quickly look at text in many different documents?
• Do you ever want to edit or create a web page?
• Do you ever need to write or change a script?
• Do you ever quickly want to write down a to do list?
• Do you ever want to find and change portions of your text in multiple documents?
Smultron can do all this for you and much, much more
• Smultron does not complicate your experience and you can directly start to write or edit text
• It colors the content in different colors depending on what your text does
• You have all your open documents easily accessible in a list to your left with icons which shows the content
• For the more advanced users Smultron is a fully featured text editor
• It can find all those system files that are normally hidden and it has authenticated open and saves for them
• Smultron can also use regular expressions
• You can run commands and scripts and insert the result
• You can also have snippets of code readily available when you need it
• There is also full support for all text encodings and you can also preview HTML-documents directly
• It can also show line numbers and split the window so that you can see two different parts of a document at once
• Is generally slightly faster
• Uses slighty less memory
• Fixed an issue with the default preview font size
• Added setting for default preview font size
• Improved Prolog syntax definition (thanks to Nico Rotstein)
• Some other small changes
Most Helpful Reviews
My favorite text editor. - I've been using Smultron for about 3 years now and was very disappointed when the development was stopped. I am relieved to see it back. I'm slightly disappointed that it is no longer open source. None of the other reviews have mentioned snippets. They are my favorite feature and are what really sets this editor apart from Textwrangler. You can define a snippet with a %% symbol in it, highlight text then activate the snippet and the text is transformed and the highlighted text replaces the snippet. This is super hand when doing a lot of repetitive work. I use Smultron for everything from ToDo lists to writing configurations for Cisco routers and firewalls to PHP coding. It is easily the most often used app on my Macs.
Not Worth the Money - It was one thing to start charging for an app that used to be free, I can understand that, but it's a completely different thing to start charging for updates to the software after you've already paid, which is exactly what they've done with the Smultron 4 version. For an app that has been in the app store for 6 months or less, it is completely shady to charge people and then charge them again for a version update. Don't waste your money unless you want to continue to pay for the app every 6 months.
More Reviews for Current Version
Disappointing for working with remote files - Smultron seems to work well in Lion for local files. If you use it with Transmit for remote files then its not so good. Smultron has a new bug where it shows the temporary path to the file and not the remote path. Because of this bug I'm still stuck trying to use Smultron 3.5.1 (Open source) version that has its own Lion bugs. For now I have to keep my rating at 1 because since buying this app I can't use it. Once there is a fix I'll change my rating. It's also upsetting to see Smultron 4 has had serveral fixes posted to the app store while in that same time no fixes for Smultron 3.
It's simple and it works! - I have been using this app for a while now. Since version ... 1 (maybe). It's fast, it's simple and it works. Very useful especially in quick edits of HTML, CSS, SQL, XML, CSV, TXT (more), sending file paths to colleagues, cleaning XLS formatting, etc. I didn't have to buy this version since I have been using Fraise by Jean-François Moy which is a branch of Smultron. But I decided to recognize and support Peter Borg for his efforts on this useful app.
Very disappointing - That you charge for basically bug fixes. If your software breaks with every update of OS X you should still offer free bug fixes and save shilling us for $$$ for new features. Off to look for a new editor...
Releases simple updates as a new app - I've enjoyed Smultron and the open-source spinoff, Fraise, for a long time, so when it came to the Mac App Store I was more than happy to throw $5 to the developer, and was happy to see Smultron being developed again. Now, though, after a few minor updates to this app, he's released a new app called "Smultron 4" for another $5. I would have been fine with this - one pre-Lion version and one for Lion - but all development seems to have stopped on this version. I won't be updating to "Smultron 4".
What is the developer thinking? - I had previously given this a 5 star review . . . However, I'm revoking that and giving it the lowest review I can. I've used Smultron for many years, but the developer has really dropped the ball. If you upgrade to OS X Lion, to get any Lion features you have to pay $5 for a different version. Not only do you have to pay for every upgrade, but Smultron 4 for Lion is actually much, much worse than this version and the previous versions. Just stay away.