I really, really can’t decide between TextMate and BBEdit, the majority of reasons of which I should leave for another post. But anyway, one of the most annoying things that I thought was left out of BBEdit was the ability to save the contents of the Documents Drawer for easy retrieval. I like to keep my work logically separated by window, and it’s a pain to drag all the documents I need where I want them every time.
Thanks to BBEdit being very Applescriptable, I wrote these scripts. Stick ‘em in your scripts folder and they’ll get some use.
tell application "BBEdit" set w to first text window set theFiles to the file of every item ¬ of text documents of w set f to choose file name with prompt ¬ "Select a project file." try set fSpec to open for access f ¬ with write permission on error what display alert ¬ "Could not save project." message what close access f return end try set eof of fSpec to 0 try write theFiles to fSpec as list on error what close access f display alert ¬ "Could not write project file." message what return end try close access fSpec end tell
tell application "BBEdit" set f to choose file open for access f set fs to read f as list close access f set w to make new text window set show documents drawer of w to true set doc to ID of first text document of w set i to 1 open fs opening in w close document id doc end tell
It’s not gorgeous code, but it works. And it’s one less thing I have to worry about in BBEdit. Interestingly enough, I would have written these in Ruby with RubyOSA, but the darn thing won’t load BBEdit’s sdef because it uses non ASCII characters.
And for what it’s worth, I like to save the documents with a .bbdd extension.