CNET Editors' review
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.
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:
- Retina Retina Retina!
- New documents open in a tab when the only open window is a tabbed full screen window
- Quick Publish indicators now remain next to the file when search results are selected
- Delete options are now present in the Sync Actions menu
- Added an "in Trash" indicator when files have been moved to the Trash
- Fixed an issue where double clicking a file wouldn't add it to the Workspace
- Fix... See all new features
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All versions:3.5 stars
out of 4 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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"My go-to html editor"
Version: Espresso 2.0.5
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.
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