Had it came with an ActionScript syntax, it would have rock my world. However, I’ll have to live without one but still be happy with the awesome environment it has. It is still not that as much of a kick-ass text editor as TextMate but scores well up to the mark. One striking difference is the awesome speed of refresh with the explorer/finder pane in Coda as against TextMate’s slow directory browsing. Of course, for hard core ActionScript coders, I am leaving that to Eclipse and its other equivalent distros. For all other nifty, gritty, and hard working web developer (css/xhtml), Coda is one of its kind that delivers its promise – One Window Web Development. As the official site says, it is “Text editor + Transmit + CSS editor + Terminal + Books”.
I knew right after reading the review on MacApper that I’m going to buy this one. I tried it for one day and the next day, I got got my license (no, I am not posting the screenshot of my license! ). I even got discount because of my Transmit License. Well, the software is in its first incarnation and I hope that it improves a lot over time. For now, it is one handy tool for Web Development who treats a Text Editor like their shoes (sorry, Dreamweaver, Frontpage users).
As Macapper review describes, you’ll definitely be impressed by the UI in Coda. Many developers have expressed their dissatisfaction that it could have been as good as TextMate + Transmit + CSS Edit. Personally, I am still unable to make the “Publish All” work flawlessly, setup custom locations so I can set multiple local files to be uploaded to the same remote server in a different file hierarchy, I am never a UI guided CSS developer – so I am perfectly cool with a text based CSS Editor (I might just be more happy if it can get a context sensitive menu like TopStyle Pro for Windows). My personal verdict – Coda is definitely worth a buy.
Right after posting the article –
Oh! I just tried to see if context sensitive syntax works and yes, it shows the CSS attributes. That’s awesome. Perhaps I never gave too much attention while typing CSS attributes, values.