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Text editor for Mac that will open any file

On Windows the most popular text formats are DOC, RTF and TXT. What text formats are Mac users using? Is there another popular text format?

Which are the most popular text editors on Mac?

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Not a duplicate! RTF / RTFD is pretty much the native rich text format on Mac. It's the default format for most basic rich text editors, like TextEdit. In addition to TextEdit, I've used Scrivener, Voodoopad and Notational Velocity; and Pages as a word processor. –  Lri Mar 2 '11 at 17:29
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You can use TextEdit (included with OS X), it has support for txt, rtf, rtfd (with attachments, e.g. images), odt (OpenDocument from OpenOffice), and some support for doc and docx.

There's Microsoft Office for Mac, of course, with full support for doc and docx (macros might not work though, check the MS documentation). Word also supports rtf of course.

OpenOffice / LibreOffice / NeoOffice support doc/docx quite well too, AFAIK, but their native format is odt. They also support rtf.

Apple sells iWork with Pages, whose native format is .pagesand incompatible with everything else.


There are a few other word processors with fewer users, like Mariner Write, but I don't know about their file format support.

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iWorks default format is unique to it, but it can read and write doc and rtf files. –  KeithB Mar 2 '11 at 13:37
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