Created by the developers behind the popular CSSEdit, Espresso is another option for Web developers who want a relatively low-priced, one-window Web editor that also gives you an intuitive code-editing environment along with organizational tools and other extras.
Espresso uses a two-paned, single-window interface organized around a single, logical workflow: the app has Workspace, Files, and Publish sections, and it's easy to drag and drop files and sites. A third Navigator pane lets you view and quickly manipulate the organizational structure of your docs. Espresso also gives you a full set of editing features, including multilanguage support (boosted by plug-ins called Sugars), nice syntax highlighting, an intuitive code-folding system, CodeSense, and a good implementation of snippets. Espresso also gives you a smart Quick Publish option, integrated FTP that allows for file browsing and quick edits, image previews, and more.
Different tools will appeal to different developers, depending on their needs and work style, but--especially with recent updates--Espresso is a full-featured, well-designed contender in this category and definitely worth a look.
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You design and develop for the Web? Espresso turbo-charges your workflow with the perfect blend of features. Speed through day-to-day edits with extensive language support, contextual completions, powerful smart snippets, and Zen actions. Use the Navigator and code folding to prevail over the most complicated documents. Watch your web pages update in real time with live styling, visualize and inspect your layouts with X-ray, then push the changes to your server with Sync or Quick Publish. Oh, and did we mention CSSEdit 3 is built in?
What's new in this version:
Improved overall stability and miscellaneous fixes
Nice clean interface, good previewing options. A good choice for HTML writers as opposed to WYSIWYG authors.
Search and replace interface is microscopic in size.
The interface is unique enough that you have to do some fishing around initially, but there are lots of great things about this program, once you find them and learn how they work. I'm grateful it offers global search and replace (across files), which I couldn't live without! The search and replace windows are ridiculously small and just one line tall, like stretched out vitamin pills, which makes them nearly useless if you want to search for and replace blocks of text.
Text editing is fluid and fast. The app is lightweight and the interface mostly stays out of your way. The extensible sugar system allows for community supported updates to editing languages.
You can't resize project sidebars or other portions of the interface. Text snippets are extremely basic (you can't sort or categorize them). There's no color picker. Nearly all of CSSEdit's features are missing. S-L-O-W development timeline.
With better support from the developer, Espresso could easily be the leading editor on the Mac OS. However MacRabbit has been slow to respond to community feedback and, for the most part, this application hasn't changed substantially since the original beta.
Looking forward to an update that brings more configuration options, better FTP and publishing, X-Ray and visual CSS editing.
It's a convenient way to manage an entire web site.
No syntax for css...css editing is straight text. Doesn't render photo files.
It keeps track of all the files in the selected folder, highlights syntax in several formats including HTML and php. Compares online files to local files and uploads, deletes, or ignores uploading/downloading files at user's option.
Updated on Dec 22, 2009
It keeps track of all the files in the selected folder, highlights syntax in several formats including HTML and php. Compares online files to local files and uploads, deletes, or ignores uploading/downloading files at user's option. (Current version does render graphics.)