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CodaThe boys at Panic have done it again.

Coda is a new web development tool that combines a text editor, FTP client, css editor, web browser, terminal, and reference library into one killer app. I haven’t had a chance to fully play with it yet, but this looks like one beauty of a program.

If you like hand coding your sites, you know the pain of switching back and forth between multiple applications. Coda simplifies the web development workflow and makes the process of site creation easier and more efficient.

We build websites by hand, with code, and we’ve long since dreamed of streamlining the experience, bringing together all of the tools that we needed into a single, elegant window. While you can certainly pair up your favorite text editor with Transmit today, and then maybe have Safari open for previews, and maybe use Terminal for running queries directly or a CSS editor for editing your style sheets, we dreamed of a place where all of that can happen in one place.

Some screenshots:

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For more, check out the Coda homepage.


  • Jon Henshaw

    gravatarApr 30, 2007
    8:19 pm

    Coda is a beautiful, super slick app, but it’s still no TextMate! For now I’m sticking with TextMate and Transmit.

  • illovich

    gravatarMay 8, 2007
    8:32 am

    I didn’t get the sense that TextMate and Coda were similar products at all – isn’t that like saying “Dreamweaver CS3 is nice, but it’s no BBEdit? For now I’m sticking with BBEdit and Fetch!”

    There are some things that GUI apps are just nicer for. I can get precise alignment on a page layout by handcoding the postscript myself, but InDesign is much quicker.

    However, I will say that while I appreciate the effort, I find a lot of the interface to be non-standard and confusing (perhaps users of other panic products wouldn’t have this problem).

    For the price (US$79) though, it’s pretty nice, although I don’t know that it’s the Dreamweaver killer some others have said it is.

  • illovich

    gravatarMay 8, 2007
    8:46 am

    To be a little more clear – but admitting that I may have missed some features – I don’t see the value of an application of this type being constrained to “one window” if there isn’t a lot of flexibility to how that window is configured.

    When I work in Dreamweaver, I can work in code/design or split view, and the document window is surrounded by palletes that contextually provide ways for me to modify what I’m working on.

    Although Coda allows you to split the window horizontally, there seems to be other way to have your CSS palette available while you work on your design, but the CSS editor seems meant to be displayed in the whole window, so allowing vertical splits (my preference) would also require at least the CSS editor to be redone a bit, it seems.

    However, other things are an improvement to DW – I think the ability to switch between text and GUI css editing is nice in the CSS editor, for example.