Balthisar Tidy Classic 4+

James Derry

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • Free



Sweeping Away your Poor HTML Clutter since 2002!

Use Balthisar Tidy Classic to make sure your HTML is clean, error free, accessible, and valid. With full support for modern HTML5, Tidy HTML, and the W3C Nu Validator, Balthisar Tidy surpasses macOS's built-in, terminal version of this venerable tool.

Balthisar Tidy gives you all of these features absolutely free:

• Tidy and check your documents with HTML Tidy.
• Validate your document conformance with the W3C Nu HTML Checker using the built-in checker or with the official validator service.
• Balthisar Tidy can tidy documents in other applications as a Service.
• Balthisar Tidy can tidy documents in other applications as an Action Extension.
• Full-featured text editor with instant results.
• Supports every macOS file encoding.
• See a live preview of the effects each Tidy option has on your code.
• See a live Browser Preview of the Tidy’d code.
• Identify errors and be directed to their exact location in your source code in an instant.
• Correct errors in the source document immediately.
• Identifies and automatically corrects several potential errors.
• Automatically cleans up ugly code from HTML generator applications.
• Identifies opportunities to ensure accessibility compliance.
• Pretty-print formats your source code for maximum legibility.

There are no options for in-app purchases, no nag screens, and no annoying advertisements.

What’s New

Version 4.3.0

• Balthisar Tidy is now Balthisar Tidy Classic.
• Apple Silicon support means Balthisar Tidy Classic now runs natively on Apple Silicon.
• New icons consistent with Big Sur’s modern design language makes a nice visual upgrade.
• Updated to HTML Tidy 5.7.47.
• Updated to the W3C Nu Validator 21.5.16.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Arinitti ,

A great tool for any web designer or developer.

Clean code makes all the difference!

mwpdx ,

Nice GUI utility for tidy; could use some minor tweaks

This is a GUI app wrapping the classic tidy utility, very helpful if you’d like to bypass fiddling with command line issues for quick experimentation. A drawback that will hinder some is that it appears to enforce an html file extension, so won’t open xml or other files. It would be useful to have the ability to hide the options and messages panes to maximize screen real estate for input/output review. Also, it would benefit keyboard-centric users to have keyboard shortcuts to set options, eg the pane show/hide functionality, toggling tidy settings, etc. Other than these minor issues, it’s a worthy repackaging of the great tidy functionality.

Bucky Junior ,

This program made undesired changes to my system icons

After a spirited discussion on the BBEdit forum, I installed this to see what the talk was about. I opened two files, one an HTML file and the other a PHP file. My very first impression was that it gave a warning about being a 4.1 Transitional Doctype. A warning? Really. It was written that way on purpose. Then it said there was no <title></title> when there was.

Nothing was altered, nothing was saved from Balthisar Tidy.

After returning to BBEdit to get some work done, I found that all of my PHP files’ icons had been changed to Balthisar Tidy icons. NOT what I requested. I was NOT asked, the program changed a system wide setting without my approval. I am not a happy camper. This one goes in my trash.

App Privacy

The developer, James Derry, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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