Espresso

Version: 2.0.4 || Release Date: 2012-07-23 || License: Shareware (59.95 €) Developer: MacRabbit | App Owner: factoryjoe

Powerful new HTML, XML, CSS and JavaScript development tool.

Espresso is not a bunch of apps forcibly smashed together. Instead, we looked at the needs of modern web developers and streamlined their workflow into one focused app. Extremely powerful editing, sleek projects, live preview (we make CSSEdit!), real publishing and extensive synchronization tools. All this, and an amazing extensible core? It's not too good to be true.

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39 Opinions

After having tested Espresso, I'd say it has a huge potential: the syntax engine is a marvel (no more manual mode / bundle shifting inside a file combining several languages) and Sugars look very promising. However, so many things are still incomplete (Sugar and TEA API / integration model), buggy (syntax parser) or plain broken (FTP / SFTP) I'm not sure it is really ready for the limelight yet.

The early introduction of a plugin architecture (Sugars) shows potential, achieving some of TextMate's niftyness. I hope it's not just for simple theming, syntax coloring and such, but something meant to be able to extend its features…

If Espresso bakes-in the whole CSS Edit deal and then pulls it off with the sugars, it might become my personal favorite.

Sad to say, I agree with calamari.

Coda + CSSEdit = win.

But wouldve loved it in one app.

MacRabbit had a great opportunity here to merge their outstanding CSS editor with a solid HTML editor. If they had done that, Espresso truly would have been in a class all its own. Sadly, what we got instead was just another editor in an already crowded market.

Even still, if you are in the market for a new editor, Espresso is certainly worth a look.

Coda does more costs a little more, if you want a editor only, textmate does more (by leaps and bounds) and costs less.

While I do like Espresso from the testing I have done I'd really need a bit more functionality for a text editor and I find the price a bit steep considering what textmate can do.

It's now an open beta, live for 9 days (then you have to download another). Requires OS X 10.5. Looks cool, as you would expect from the CSSEdit people. Pre-order price is €60, with €10 off for CSSEdit owners.

Any rumors about OS compability yet? Will it work in 10.4 also?

I think this will definitely give Coda a run for its money.

One of the main issues I had with Coda have been the lack synchronization options. I know others have requested that Coda be made to run faster and perform better. Both of which CSSEdit is and what Espresso promises to be.

I'm sure it won't be the end all web development program for everyone but it looks good so far, will demo when the release hits this month.

I think this is a closed beta or not even that right now.

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