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Favorite JSON Editor and SCP Client on Mac?


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Looking for some recommendations here.  I've historically used Windows first, Linux second, Mac when required too.  But I have been assigned a Mac at work, a partner on a side project (who is not technical) is on a Mac, and I'll be developing an iPhone application soon.

 

So, for an SCP client.  I use WinSCP on Windows, and it's awesome.  I've started using muCommander on my work Mac and it's okay.  Not as intuitive for selecting multiple files, and seems to need an extra click if you switch to it from another program, but functional for the basic "drag files from one folder to a remote one" task.  Are there better ones I'm not aware of?  Free is ideal but a low cost is not necessarily a dealbreaker, a subscription probably is.  Must be easy for a non-technical person to use for uploading files to a server.

 

For a JSON editor, similar case, I've shown my side project partner JSON in Notepad++ and he said that's fine and easy enough to understand, but what's a good program for it on Mac?  I know VSCode exists on Mac and that's the best option I know of now, but is there anything more text-editor-y than IDE-light-y?  Preferably with syntax validation, I know missing commas are going to be the bane of our existence if that functionality doesn't exist.

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Does it have to be SCP?  I use FileZilla for SFTP (I think most servers that support SCP would also support SFTP) and it is free / open source, and works fine on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Easy enough for a dummy to use if if they have basic understanding of files and folders, and you get a server connection bookmark set up for them.  You can drag and drop from Finder to the "server" side of FileZilla as well (or vice versa) and it will work.

 

A note -- When going to install it, if you click the download link on this page you will get a "sponsored" version which includes optional bundled software (at least on Windows).  Use this page instead for the clean version.

 

For a text editor, BBEdit has a free version that is working well enough so far for me.  You can grab it from the App Store and ignore the "30 days evaluation" thing that pops up.  It will revert to "free" mode when the evaluation ends.  (If you need a hex editor, "Hex Fiend" seems decent and it is also free.)

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I checked and I'm actually using SFTP rather than SCP with WinSCP.  So, yes, SCP would work!

 

Thanks for the tip on the "clean" version, too!

 

I'll take a look at BBEdit. I see it's related to TextWrangler, which had come up during my search.  Not sure why I hadn't tried it before, my first thought was that I try to avoid the App Store (which wasn't a viable option when I was forced to use a Mac at work), but I see you can download it from outside the App Store as well.  Probably I thought there was only a paid version.

 

I did try Hex Fiend, and found it to be generally satisfying, though I haven't used it intensively enough to give it a fair comparison to HxD, or the old A.X.E. hex editor for Windows ME+.

 

Edit: Ever try Synalyze It! ?  (https://www.synalysis.net)  Its syntax support reminds me of my favorite A.X.E. features; you could tell A.X.E. the structure of the binary document and it would be able to work with it at a higher level.  Sadly I didn't buy a pro version of A.X.E. before its development team went defunct, but the concept looks similar for Synalyze It! - if it works well enough I could see myself potentially using it even though it doesn't run on my preferred OS.

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