PlainPad Is a macOS Compliant Text Editor
PlainPad “is a clean editor for plain text files,” is how the developer describes it.
Two things struck me about PlainPad:
- macOS compliance.
Let’s discuss these in detail.
- PlainPad supports Services.
- It supports the macOS feature, Versions. You can switch back to a previous version of your document if you want.
- It supports “Lazy typing.” Two spaces turn into a period. The first letter of a new sentence is capitalized. You have to set this up in the system Keyboard>Text preference pane.
iA Writer supports these. Typora supports these. Obsidian doesn’t. Nor does BBEdit (it does support Services). I was amazed to find a cheap little text editor so macOS compliant.
PlainPad is Customizable
For a simple text editor, PlainPad is a customizable solution.
You can choose to auto-save your documents and choose a default extension for all your files. In my case, it is
.md for Markdown documents.
You can choose your own font. I have been using the SF Mono from Apple. You can get it here. It is easy to read and I like it.
You can tweak line height and paragraph height.
The iA Writer cursor in PlainPad.
This is where the magic for “lazy typing” happens.
You don’t have to see the text bound across the whole screen in full screen mode. You can define how wide you want the full screen window to be. Makes it possible to work in full screen mode.
For a simple editor, PlainPad does provide you with the tools to customize your environment.
If you are looking for an editor to grow into, the free-version of BBEdit is the better option. It is not as macOS compliant as PlainPad, but it is a lot more capable an editor.
If you are looking for a small, smart macOS compliant tool to take quick notes and have a text editing application within easy reach, you can use PlainPad. That is what I use it for.
I recommend PlainPad.
macosxguru at the gmail thingie.