Back in my pc times (which feels like ages ago), I was very much enjoying Dreamweaver. After switching into Mac and beautiful OS X, Dreamweaver, especially the OS X version started to seem too complicated, horrid to my eyes.
In Between Coda & Espresso
In search for a code editor, I came by Coda. A very beautiful development tool with a streamlined interface. Installed it, started using. Fun.
But hey, why did hitting tab on a code block just did erase all lines instead of tabbing/indenting them? What the hell? Turns out I need an extension to tab code blocks. Fine. How about code folding? No? Well, bye.
Kept searching, found Espresso. Code folding, autocompletes, color schemes. All awesome. But then I wasn’t able to sync my local files with the live site. Not unless I turn sync on for each god damn file. So I started switching between these two, depending on the scale of my project.
And waited. Waited until one of these have what I needed.
Panic kept updating Coda, with long periods and small changes (at least not the changes I care about), still without support for code folding despite the thousands of feature requests and emails from its users.
Could only make it to 1.7 from 1.5 in 2 years. Still no code folding, tabbing blocks is still troubled. They say 2.0 is coming, assuming they will have fixed/updated these things.
Mac Rabbit’s Espresso
Meanwhile Mac Rabbit announced Espresso 2.0 Kaboom, which was an unstable beta to everyone. I tried it on my OS X Lion. A couple crashes, hang ups but hey, live sync! Auto complete improvements, CssEdit within the app.
That’s it. Bought Espresso 2.0 last week as it’s officially released. Coda is out of my system for a long time. (I might reconsider if they release 2.0 in the following decade)
I know the things I say about Coda sounds harsh, but eventually I would expect improvements on an application I pay for a $100.
Espresso just did act earlier and won my heart. I should mention this new Monofactor is also coded with Espresso.
There are also a couple other useful apps like Textmate, Aptana and Komodo edit. But as a designer I fancy the products with the looks. Both Coda and Espresso has the sexy outfit, and that’s why I didn’t go for another option.
What’s your favorite editor on Mac? Do shout.