I’ve been using TextMate 2 full-time since its alpha release almost a year ago, and it has served me very well. In that entire time, I can count the number of crashes on one hand, and it has never lost unsaved data. Recommended.
Its biggest shortcoming, by far, is that it relies too much on bundles and hidden
defaults commands for basic settings and customizability. It has even fewer common settings exposed in the GUI than TextMate 1 — everything’s in bundles now, and even common settings usually require a web search to figure out.
Yes, most TextMate users will be programmers and power users, but we’re not all expert TextMate hackers, and we shouldn’t need to be.
It’s a fantastic editor in desperate need of a few more panes in the settings screen. If MacroMates doesn’t meaningfully expand the settings UI for release, a lot of people are going to be needlessly driven away by a perceived attitude that basic usability and customers’ time isn’t being respected.