One-stop Web design shop for Mac

A new Mac OS X 10.4 program from Panic software lets you use one program for all of your Web design work.

Coda for Mac (Credit: Panic Inc.)

Coding a Web site once you get past the idea phase is a complicated process. You have to manage several files for each page of your site, you need a solid text editor for actual coding, you may need a CSS editor, an Internet browser for previewing your work, and an FTP client once you're ready to transfer your files. Though I've done little in the way of actual Web design, my efforts have always required running several programs at once while I switch back and forth.

Fortunately, our friends over at Panic realized that this was not the most efficient method for getting work done. They have just released a program called Coda which combines several of these Web design necessities into one easy-to-navigate interface. A built-in file manager sits in the left-hand column for easy access to all of your files. A built in FTP client is only a click away when you're ready to update your site. Across the top of the interface are buttons that give you instant access to a built-in site manager, a text editor, a CSS editor, the Terminal, reference books to fine-tune your coding, and search capabilities. The preview feature eliminates the need to fire up multiple Web browsers, letting you look at your site as it would appear in Safari, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer. You get all of this within the same interface!

While you might find separate text editors or FTP clients that offer more features, Web designers have to admit that one tool that has everything is infinitely more convenient.

What do you think? Are you happy to finally see a program that offers all of these features in one interface? What program do you use to design Web pages? Let me know in the comments!

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