CNET Editors' review
Coda from Panic Software offers a sleek, trimmed-down alternative to expensive Web design suites. This one-window Web design app combines all the tools you need to build a site, with an emphasis on creating a fast, easy, integrated workflow.
Coda's collaboration tools let you seamlessly work together with others, and a built-in FTP sidebar--using the power of Panic's powered-up Transmit 4--helps you get your site updated quickly. Hand-coding experts will like the full-featured CSS and text editors (although no code folding here), and editing multiple files side by side in split panes is a breeze. Coda also has tons of time-saving features, including Clips (for frequently used code snippets), an Open Quickly window (for fast access to specific files), and integrated subversion. We particularly like the powerful Find and Replace tools, which let you drag-and-drop global changes to your code.
Coda is neither perfect nor cheap (and we're getting antsy for Coda 2.0), but if you're searching for a reasonably priced Web design tool on the Mac, Coda is a solid choice.
A fresh approach to web code. Bursting with features but without bloat. Built to make your life better: Coda 2 is the editor you've always wanted.
So, you code for the web. And in Coda 1, we revolutionized that process, and put everything you needed in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. File management. SVN. But we knew we could do more.
Now, with Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. We added tons of highly-requested features, and a few nobody expected, then wrapped it all up in a shiny, groundbreaking UI fit for the future.
This update is, truly, major.
* Better User Interface
- Visual Tabs. Find files quickly, and see more tabs at once.
- Customizable Sidebar. Put your favorite, powerful Coda tools in the sidebar dock.
- Streamlined Workflow. You'll always know what you're looking at.
- Code Focus. Hide the sidebar, or go full-screen, and get work done.
* Better Text Editing
- Code Folding. Finally.
- Smart Complete. Autocomplete your custom variables + functions.
- Automatic Indentation
- Smarter Automatic Closing Tags
- Tab Key Text-Shifting
- One-Press Character Wrapping
* Better File Management
- Git. In addition to SVN, now you can manage source with GIT.
- Complete File Management. FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and S3, with a Transmit interface.
- Transmit Twin-Turbo Engine. Some of the fastest file transfer in the industry.
- Path Bar Browsing. Click a path bar segment for an instant file list.
- Open Quickly. Pop it open, type a few characters, and find what you're looking for.
- Group Folders Above Files. A very popular request.
* Better Clips
- Multiple Placeholders. Quickly tab between the bits that need input.
- Dynamic Placeholders. Automatically fill in dates, URL's, text selections, and more.
- Insertion Points. Put the cursor at the right place, every time.
* Better Sites
- Groups. Drag related sites into a site board.
- List View. See even more sites at a glance.
- iCloud Sites + Clips Sync from Mac to Mac.
* Better Design
- Revolutionary CSS Pops. GUI pop-ups help with the hardest CSS as you code.
- Live Changes. See your CSS changes affect your page real-time.
- iPad / iPhone Preview. Shrink down your preview to just the right size.
* Better MySQL
- Built-In MySQL Editor. Without leaving Coda, administer your site's database with ease.
- Edit Structure or Content
- Run Arbitrary Queries
* Better Everything
- Improved Live Hints. As you type HTML, JS, or PHP, quick reference can appear in the sidebar.
- CSS Styles in Code Navigator
- Code Navigator Filtering and Sorting
- All-New Books
- Better Ruby Support
- Skip Files Rules
- Improved HTML and CSS Validation
- Easier Theme Editing
- Full-Screen Mode
- Quick Look
- Plugin API Improvements
- Much, Much More
AND INTRODUCING: AIRPREVIEW.
It's magic. Get our brand-new app, Diet Coda, exclusively for your iPad. Pair it with Coda 2 on your desktop. Then, watch your mind blow.
Your iPad now becomes a live preview window as you work on your web pages on your Mac.
Make a few tweaks, hit save, and watch as your iPad automatically refreshes. Pages are served from your Mac and rendered on your iPad, so you're getting a true mobile preview. Put your iPad to good use while you work!
(And that's not the half of it: Diet Coda is a full-featured remote web editor on your iPad, perfect for making quick fixes on the go!)
What's new in this version: Fixed an error that could occur if Coda was launched by opening a file in Finder
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"Support for network drives causes to constantly crash"
Version: Coda 2.0.7
Site Management is nice, but unwieldy after 10+ sites. The ability to customize colors, collapse statements is great.
Tab system is broken, opening in another window is a hassle. Network drive / shared files causes it to crash constantly. FTP is cumbersome. Site management needs groupings / filtering system
Honestly, great program if you're a small shop / dealing with a small number of sites, but if that's the case, can get everything this guy does for free with another set of programs, if you need more robust management of sites / files, Coda doesn't offer a good solution. Program seems to be in a middle ground for uses. Has a lot of potential though.
"Great web development app"
Version: Coda 1.7.4
This web development app seems to have most of the essential tools for web development. It has a great interface that is easy to use.
If only this app would work with JQuery. I do a good amount of JQuery at work, but Coda's preview does not support it.
Coda is great for those who are just started web design/programming. Its interface is nice and simple. I use Dreamweaver quite a lot, and this app works well with it, along with html/css. You can change the code font for easier readability and preview updates quickly. Publishing is super easy. Overall, Coda is probably one of the best web development tools out there for the mac.
"Not worried about version number..."
Version: Coda 1.6.12
As long as they keep making an awesome IDE. I love how well put together this application is. It's development, the way you expect it to be on a Mac.
I'm sure I could come up with a list of things I would change, but in general there aren't any major cons.
If you're doing any kind of web development Coda is definitely worth a look.
"Coda REALLY needs to get 2.0 out the door."
Version: Coda 1.6.12
Great interface and awesome FTP layer for editing remote files. Great syntax highlighting. Great CSS editor built in (I still edit CSS by hand).
The CODA wheel is getting squeaky waiting on 2.0 (almost 2 years now). Needs to move the file tabs to the side so that you can have more visible open windows. Did I say that CODA was getting long in the tooth and could appear to be a dead product?
I would start looking at other editors. I think Panic is focusing too much on other projects and CODA has probably moved into the "good enough" category for them. The sad thing is I get more feature updates from BBEdit than I do CODA.
"Coda is simply the best!"
Version: Coda 1.6.10
Powerful CSS editing
HTML editor built in
Kinda pricy, but worth it
I looooooove Coda! I have used a lot of CSS/HTML editors and this is by far the best one yet. Give it a try guys! You won't be dissapointed
"GREAT WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOL!!"
Version: Coda 1.6.4
+ all essential tools in one place
+ SubEthaEdit based editing with colab features
+ Publish feature keeps track of file states across restarts
- the window can get crowded when too many tabs are open
"Great lightweight HTML/CSS editor."
Version: Coda 1.6.4
Great CSS ease of use.
CSS editing much better than Dreamweaver,
Doesn't automatically sync with server.
Great lightweight HTML/CSS editor.
"I can't download it!"
Version: Coda 1.6.4
Unable to judge.
Unable to judge.
Clicking on the "Download Now" link takes me to the "Thank you for downloading" page saying that the download will start in a moment. But instead I get the error message below. Clicking the link for trying again if it doesn't start automatically gets the same error.
"The requested URL /sd/-XnlKNBI51ja8YpqFPNsYS7taMf2YAIF90r1Wr1ayH4RdHVdSx_GTWDnyhD05PuLkRSUtAt-EzRwexJSy-0V43iht0AmBKh0/software/11019658/10667827/3/Coda 1.6.4.zip was not found on this server."
Version: Coda 1.6.3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I develop and maintain several websites, one with 150+ pages, using Coda. Coda provides all of the tools I need to develop the web pages, including support for multiple sites and excellent support for css. If I need to change content across all of the pages of a site, the find and replace feature is fast and accurate. Coda's support is good, but sometimes a little sluggish to respond. However, this has never created a major issue, because, at least in my experience, the software is responsive and stable with no major bugs. One problem: sometimes files get marked for updating when no updates have been made, but that is really a minor issue. If you need a WYSIWYG tool, Coda is not the one for you. iWeb, part of Apple's iLife, is excellent for this and actually provides very good WYSIWYG tools, even for small businesses in many cases, but not all.
"Web Development For The Rest Of Us"
Version: Coda 1.5
As a tool for managing day-to-day changes to sites, it's invaluable. It offers easy access to the files, with a local and remote file repository, terminal access to servers, color-coded code, and a wealth of great resources in the library.
Changing configurations to adjust to changes can be a little more tedious (having to reopen the site). It took me a while to figure out that I could open multiple windows for different sites, but that's my own lack of intelligence.
If you're a developer looking for a better way to work, this could be the solution. It's a great integration of tools that work with industry standards and best practices. No crazy markup from some company that decided they know how to 'fix' code.