Version: 2.0 || Release Date: 2012-05-24 || License: Shareware ($99) Developer: Panic | App Owner: kris33

So, we code web sites by hand. And one day, it hit us: our web workflow was wonky. We’d have our text editor open, with Transmit open to save files to the server. We’d be previewing in Safari, running queries in Terminal, using a CSS editor, and reading references on the web. “This could be easier,” we realized. “And much cooler.”

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i love the angry comments. it is 1.0 software people. brand new. give it some time. it will have everything you need.

I'll be watching this closely. I've heard from Cabel at Panic that they'll be addressing issues for those of us who work on localhost in a future update.

I have TextMate, CSSEdit and Transmit and I'm confortable with these...

However this application is just for playing with HTML, JavaScript and PHP in a funny and integrated way, i think that the combination of this four excellent tools is kool.

Hate to bust your bubble philippgerard, but real designers use whatever works. They don't subscribe to some nonsense ideology about how their software of choice is (or isn't) laid out. Use what works for you at the end of the day...

It would have been neat if they didn't just add a discount for current Transmit owners, but for users of concurrent apps such as TextMate, SubEthaEdit, CSS Edit, YummyFTP and the likes (all of which, except for CSS Edit, I own). That would make easier to justify the purchase of yet another dev tool.

I can understand some people, arguing that they get a 'lighter' version of their current tools. But I'm not sure that argument will stay current forever, seeing that Panic is probably a team effort (or multi-person company effort) whereas for example, TextMate, CSS Edit, YummyFTP, I believe are all one-man acts. This meaning a lot more resources available to implement functions and maintain the app. (Then again, there might be a counter-argument further down the road, as Panic houses a lot more than the one-mac companies. But we all know how often those other Panic apps have been updated lately.)

That, and the fact that I just have a gut feeling that Coda is bound to become a huge hit in the Mac community, governs for some serious considerations.

I find the feature set of Coda to be VERY impressing... The collaborative mode is definitely digging a nice and comfy grave for my SubEthaEdit app, other than rare occasions when I'd need to collaborate on some non-web dev. related things with friends or colleagues (for which SubEthaEdit would probably still pose a cleaner alternative).

As far as syntax-coloring and above all, funcitonality, I doubt that any app will come even close to that of TextMate's... I was going to ditch TextMate's lousy web previewing feats only, here, but it seems that Coda lacks the same ability. I seriously wish they both had the same feature, á la Hyper Edit, which sports a realtime, built-in PHP parser, which I find invalueable for situations where you quickly want to jot down and preview some PHP snippets, without having to fire up MAMP and navigate to your http://localhost:8888/ folder...

All in all. My first impressions of Coda is:

For productivity and workflow, it's definitely a winner, against the alternative of juggling around more than one application (where some of which even uses multiple windows, adding to the mess).

The CSS editor isn't as good as CSSEdit, the code editor isn't as good as TextMate, it's tricky to get the Clips panel and a preview and the editor on my screen at the same time (check out HyperEdit), and I have to use asp files sometimes at work (Yes I know it's dipping into the macs php support, but how about some syntax colouring?).

Yet the graphics are nice and the Books are really easy to use/refer to. I also feel it might be quite handy if juggling a lot of updates across many pages on a site. For all it does I think it's great value. I'll probably buy it.

I am also having some mixed feelings about this. I already have Transmit, TextMate. Coda do looks terrific. I might just as well buy this.

The syntax highlighting isn't tweakable enough for my taste. I'd like to give HTML sections in my PHP code a different background color. That doesn't seem to be possible in Coda.

Not too bad for an 1.0 version, but for the time being I'll stick with Textmate, CSSEdit and Transmit.

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