Best Mac OS X Developer Tool

I came back from San Francisco (WWDC) a few days ago and with me I brought a silver cube stipulating that TextMate 1.5.2 won the Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool 2006.

Todd Peterson took the picture shown below where I am on stage and have just received the award (click to enlarge.)

Allan Odgaard on stage at ADA 2006

Thanks a lot to all who have congratulated me directly or indirectly and of course also many thanks to Apple for hosting this great show and for recognizing my outstanding and innovative work on TextMate — their words, not mine :)

This was a week I will not soon forget, I met a ton of like-minded developers, many of whom I only knew from their work, so it was nice to finally put a face on them.

I didn’t bring a camera myself, but John Gruber snapped this paparazzi of me outside Gordon Biersch. The two guys I am talking with are from Yahoo!’s Mac team, and no, the guy getting sick is not Mr. Siegel.

I also got a chance to experience the american food culture, if you are wondering, this is sticks of cheese which are deep fried. If I look a little red on the picture it is because I was out sightseeing the day before without sunscreen, and as an alpha geek I have no skin pigment whatsoever.

48 Comments

  1. 16 Aug 2006 | # Thijs van der Vossen wrote…

    Congrats, well deserved! :-)

  2. 16 Aug 2006 | # Daniel wrote…

    Congrats!

    I'll be happy to see you holding next year's award for TextMate 2.x …

  3. 16 Aug 2006 | # Jens Andersen wrote…

    I totally agree with Thijs van der Vossen – it's well deserved. Congratulations ;-)

  4. 16 Aug 2006 | # pablo wrote…

    I agree with Daniel : next year you will win 2 others ada : best tools for developers AND best app overall :-)

  5. 16 Aug 2006 | # Martin Z. wrote…

    You received the Award for a really brilliant tool, that for sure deservs it! Well done, congrats!

  6. 16 Aug 2006 | # J.D. wrote…

    Congratulations! As others have already said, it is very well deserved.

  7. 16 Aug 2006 | # David Reynolds wrote…

    Congratulations Alan. As everyone has said, well deserved and long overdue!

  8. 16 Aug 2006 | # Mark wrote…

    Woohoo!

    Congratulations Allan, TextMate is a great piece of software and I can't image working without it now. I'm glad you're getting the credit you deserve.

    Cheers; Mark

  9. 16 Aug 2006 | # Simon Pride wrote…

    Oh WELL DONE that man. Congratulations!

    – simon

  10. 16 Aug 2006 | # hardcoded wrote…

    I was waiting for this post to say like everyone says: congrats! It sure is well deserved.

  11. 16 Aug 2006 | # Phil wrote…

    Congratulations on your success! More to follow I'm sure!

  12. 16 Aug 2006 | # Matt wrote…

    Congrats! but John Gruber is a notorious BBEdit user…perhaps you had the chance to conert him :)

  13. 16 Aug 2006 | # Ben wrote…

    Congradulations on the award !

    TextMate is an awesome mixture of .app and .tmbundle goodness and I enjoy it every single day.

    When will we see the Apple Design Awards logo on the site ? :)

  14. 16 Aug 2006 | # Paul Armstrong wrote…

    Congratulations! You and Textmate definitely deserve this award.

    I don't know what I'd do without Textmate anymore!

  15. 16 Aug 2006 | # Alex Kadis wrote…

    I hate to sound like a broken record… but I will. Congratulations on a job well done!

    I have been using TextMate for almost a year now and I couldn't be happier.

    PS: Thank you to all of the bundle developers too! The app wouldn't be the same without you guys.

  16. 16 Aug 2006 | # Roger HErbert wrote…

    Going from a £393 copy of Dreamweaver to a €30 copy of Textmate has been the best software upgrade I've made ever! Congrats :)

  17. 16 Aug 2006 | # Roger HErbert wrote…

    whoops €39, but it's still amazing!

  18. 16 Aug 2006 | # keith wrote…

    Top stuff! Congratulations. I'm glad Apple has recognised TextMate as the excellent developer tool that it is. It's my favourite developer tool in years and years. Writing code (or any text for that matter) is very enjoyable with TextMate.

    Thanks Alan.

  19. 16 Aug 2006 | # Christian Meichtry wrote…

    Congratulations, I discovered textmate only 2 weeks ago and it's worth a lot more than it costs. Keep on the good work.

  20. 16 Aug 2006 | # Trevor wrote…

    Deep fried cheese? That's diet food here in America. If you want to indulge, you should try our http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeepfriedTwinkie or the http://money.cnn.com/2004/11/15/news/funny/hardees/.

  21. 16 Aug 2006 | # Trevor wrote…

    Deep fried cheese? That's diet food here in America. If you want to indulge, you should try our deep fried Twinkies or the Monster Thickburger.

  22. 16 Aug 2006 | # Gavin Sim wrote…

    Well done on the award Alan you really deserved it! I would love to know what the future holds for Textmate, what new features are planned for this exciting application! Any news Alan?

  23. 16 Aug 2006 | # Glenn Batuyong wrote…

    Congratulations! TextMate is a godsend tool and I've found its extensibility very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in California and remember, there is more to American food than just fried cheese! I'm happy that you won; your software is amazing and developer-friendly!

  24. 16 Aug 2006 | # Alwin Blok wrote…

    Textmate is an essential application in my toolchain! Thanks and congrats!

  25. 16 Aug 2006 | # thegoldenaura wrote…

    Congratulations!!!!! TEXTMATE ROCKS!!!!! :)

  26. 16 Aug 2006 | # Trey Piepmeier wrote…

    Well deserved! Congratulations!

  27. 16 Aug 2006 | # FredB wrote…

    Congrats, Allan. As we all know here, it's well deserved! Keep up the good work, and, please, don't sell Macromates to Yahoo! ;)

  28. 17 Aug 2006 | # Ville Säävuori wrote…

    Congrats!

    Investing 39 euros on TextMate has no doubt been one of the best decisions that I've ever made software-wise. Not only is it the best text editor I've ever used — on any platform –, but it has also completely changed the way that I work. To put it simply: TM is Good Karma :)

    Thank You, Allan!

  29. 17 Aug 2006 | # Cesar wrote…

    Congratulations Allan, TextMate is awesome.

  30. 17 Aug 2006 | # Mike wrote…

    Most useful software I own! Congrats Allan.

  31. 17 Aug 2006 | # frosty wrote…

    Just wanted to add that I've noticed "mate ." is one of my top ten commands in iTerm now; I'm considering nominating it for the "alias m" award. ;-)

    Congrats again!

  32. 17 Aug 2006 | # ericsk wrote…

    Wow! what a excellent editor! However, I'm a CJK user and I hope the TextMate supports the wide-char display. My Chinese characters are all identified only 1-byte widde :-(

  33. 17 Aug 2006 | # Ruben wrote…

    Woohooo!

    Congrats Allan, Textmate is my every day editor tool and I couldn't be happier with it!

    You sure deserved the award!

    frosty: Fun… it's the same here ;-)

  34. 17 Aug 2006 | # Simon Strandgaard wrote…

    Argh I bet there are many people jealous on you. I must admit that I am one of them.

    Congrats with the nice award :-)

    – Simon Strandgaard

  35. 17 Aug 2006 | # Joachim wrote…

    Allan, it was good to meet you at the conference (so I already said my congratulations :-).

    With regards to the food, I was surprised too. San Francisco is a paradise when it comes to food and restaurants, but it can be hard to find. Many places in downtown have this "Taco Town" feel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVx2JKuZp04 (Please see video, it's hilarious!)

  36. 17 Aug 2006 | # Alderete wrote…

    Alan, let me add my congratulations on a well-deserved honor. I'm not just hugely pleased with my copy of TextMate, and the improvements it's making to my coding productivity. I'm also quite proud to have one of the first 100 licenses issued (#57). TextMate has been making a difference for me since almost the very beginning.

    Next up: Let's get you that Eddy Award!

  37. 17 Aug 2006 | # Petro Verkhogliad wrote…

    Congratulations. I have been using Textmate for almost everything, Java, Python, C. It works great for all of those.

    Thank you.

  38. 17 Aug 2006 | # randy stewart wrote…

    Congrats… I've never taken to a new tool so quickly. As much as I thought I loved BBEdit, I haven't used it in months.

  39. 17 Aug 2006 | # Steve Aulenbach wrote…

    Allan, hearty congratulations. You have given us an excellent tool. Thanks.

  40. 21 Aug 2006 | # marios buttner wrote…

    Congratulations for the Award.

    As a windows switcher and having TextMate at my side only for a couple of months, feels like having a reliable companion at my side. One that you can count on, when you need it. It is the most important App to me on OS-X. I wouldn't like to miss it.

    regards, marios

  41. 23 Aug 2006 | # Mark wrote…

    Not too surprised ;) Nothing seems close to TextMate. Thanks for all of your hard and innovative work.

  42. 23 Aug 2006 | # Michail wrote…

    Congratulations! Great app.

  43. 24 Aug 2006 | # Andy Peatling wrote…

    Well done Allan, very much deserved. I've used Textmate non stop since September of last year, it's far and away the best editor I've ever used.

    Thanks.

  44. 24 Aug 2006 | # victor wrote…

    congrats Allan. Now that Apple has acknowledged TextMate, does this mean that we will see better XCode integration?

  45. 26 Aug 2006 | # Martin Wulffeld wrote…

    Congrats. I'm almost done with my trial period and will be registering in a matter of days. The move from Emacs has been painless. TextMate for some reason brings back memories from my CygnusEd days on the Amiga. I guess it's the ease of use and precise functionality.

    Please don't turn into a toaster.

  46. 27 Aug 2006 | # August wrote…

    Great! With a portable mac, textmate and ruby on rails I feel complete.

  47. 28 Aug 2006 | # pablo wrote…

    Allan, please go there : http://trophee.macgeneration.com/registration you will win !!!

  48. 22 Aug 2007 | # edward wrote…

    CONGRATS! You guys deserve it! You have one of the most well thought out apps on my Mac! I wish everyone developed apps like yours. Well done!

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