When comparing nvALT vs Sequel Pro, the Slant community recommends Sequel Pro for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” Sequel Pro is ranked 25th while nvALT is ranked 31st. The most important reason people chose Sequel Pro is:
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Pro Powerful search syntax
nvALT has a simple text box at the top (similar to that of a web browser) and when you start typing inside it, nvALT immediately displays a drop-down box of all the notes that contain the text you are searching for. The more you type, the more the search is narrowed down.
Pro MultiMarkdown 3 support
Has built-in support for MultiMarkdown 3.
Pro Powerful note-taking features
nvALT is not only used for simple text editing but also as a powerful tool for taking notes, TODOs, phone numbers and every other piece of information that can be stored in a plain-text file.
This is because nvALT is not designed only as a tool to write text, but also as a powerful search and organize tool for plain-text files.
Pro Right to Left support
Pro Free and open source
Licensed under MIT.
Pro Great UI
Clean, easy to use, highly polished interface.
Pro Native OS X from the start
Unlike other solutions, Sequel Pro was built specifically for OS X and for MySQL from the beginning and as such the design takes better advantage of OS X features and is optimized for MySQL.
Pro Multiple connection methods
Sequel Pro can choose between standard and SSH connection methods.
Pro Multiple import/export options
Sequel Pro can export to SQL, CSV and XML files and import SQL and CSV files.
Pro Command line access
Sequel Pro can also access and manage everything from the command line.
Pro Excellent user management
Has easy user privilege management.
Pro Highly flexible filters
Sequel Pro has highly flexible and customizable filters.
Con Not very powerful as far as text editing goes
nvALT's strength is its search feature. It has some basic text-editing features such as cut, paste, find-and-replace and so on. But it doesn't have any advanced text manipulation features available in other editors.
Con No multiple query tabs
Sequel Pro does not support multiple query tabs in its editor. This is incredibly frustrating for a power user.