CNET Editors' review
Taco HTML Edit is a Mac-only HTML and PHP editor, a good compromise between free editors and more-powerful (and expensive) Web development apps.
Taco HTML Edit's main window provides a relatively spare, streamlined hand-coding environment, with a toolbar that lets you save, print, find, batch find, preview, live preview, and insert special characters from a drop-down menu. You can also access Taco HTML Edit's Component Library from here, a relatively new addition to the program that gives you quick access to 22 ready-to-plug-in, cross-browser-tested components--everything from an image carousel to a scrolling, fixed-height table. These components vary in usefulness and sexiness: you may never want to insert background music on a site, and you might not need a component for inserting a simple link, but the components for features like accordion controls and tabbed panes can be a godsend.
Whether you're using it as a debugger or as a complete hand-coding solution, Taco HTML Edit offers a lot of tools in an easy-to-use interface, all at a reasonable price.
From Taco Software:
Taco HTML Edit is a full-featured HTML editor and PHP editor. As an HTML editor, Taco HTML Edit empowers its users to rapidly create their own web sites. It is designed exclusively for Mac OS X and has many advanced features including spell checking, live browser previewing, PHP previewing, syntax checking, and much more. Taco HTML Edit includes a free 30-day trial.
What's new in this version:
- Fixes a crash that could occur when opening a document in a project that was previously opened as a standalone document.
- Fixes a bug where error tooltips would not appear in the correct location on a Retina display.
- Fixes an issue where SVG images wouldn't appear in Live Preview.
- Various minor bug fixes.
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All versions:4.5 stars
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"What happened to the Save As button?"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 3.0.6
None at all
Duplicate doesn't cut it.
Other than the Westinghouse effect was there a good reason to get rid of it?
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.6.7
nothing to report
Taco HTML Edit is a very useful tool which i would recommand to everyone who wants to make html sites.
It works very fast and without any clutter.
"A very, very good beginning"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.6.7
My gold standard is PageSpinner because I have used PS since about 1996.
Taco Edit may catch PageSpinner. I like the complex examples; e.g., drop menus built on the Suckerfish paradigm, a 3-d drop shadow, and all the remaining Component Library.
2) Insert: comment, <!-- xxx --> or /* xxx */ html or css
The above is just the beginning of simply because I was limited to 250 characters each.Make that 3 1/2 stars
Updated on Jan 20, 2011
"Lacks proper soft wrap"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.6.5
This editor does not provide a "proper" soft-wrap. My review stops at that, as I regard that as a necessity for editing HTML.
This program *needs* a soft-wrap function where the wrapped lines begin at or indented slightly from the first line of the paragraph. I could never use any editor that does not provide that. Whenever I evaluate a HTML editor, this is the very first think I look for. If it doesn't provide it, there's no need to go on. Textmate is another editor that lacks this essential feature.
"Solid HTML development tool"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.6.5
Works well, and the price is right.
None I can think of.
Personally I prefer Coda, but this is right up there with it and Textmate.
"Excellent editor for PHP and HTML for the Mac."
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.6.4
Live Preview lets me quickly see the effect of edit changes to my web pages. Quick and effective response when I had a problem in an earlier release.
Print does not have an option of showing line numbers. This would help document modules more completely.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Taco HTML Edit as a powerful and easy-to-use editor for Web developers using PHP.
"Nice clean app for coders/designers"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2.5.3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Let me start by giving you a little bit of my background: I am a web designer and a self-taught xHTML/CSS coder. I balked at WYSIWYG editors for a long time, until I was forced to learn Dreamweaver for a web class I was teaching. I learned that DW could save me tons of time by taking advantage of code hints and by using the spit code/design view. I'd monitor my code closely, and I learned how to manipulate DW to give me the clean code I wanted and not give me the garbage code WYSIWYG editors tend to generate. It became a very valuable tool.
Now, as a stay-at-home mom and freelance web designer, I no longer have access to DW, and I don't have the funds to buy it. So began my search for a freeware/shareware HTML editor app. I've downloaded about 5 different ones, and Taco HTML Edit is the clear winner.
What I love about this app:
- Multiple files open in tabs, and tabs can be dragged/rearranged. Save All option for all open files/tabs.
- Code hints that make typing the code faster.
- Taco doesn't try to re-type or re-format my tags. (I HATE programs that convert my clean xHTML code into non-xHTML-compliant garbage by adding unnecessary spaces, tabs, CAPS, etc.)
- The GUI is nice and clean without a lot of extra palettes and windows.
- The live preview side-by-side with my code renders CSS perfectly (other apps didn't do as well)
- Custom preferences, including code coloring, fonts, indent/no indent, vertical/horizontal split code/preview, and more.
- Find/Replace and Batch Find/Replace across multiple files.
- Very nice built-in documentation/help.
What is good, but could be better:
- I'm glad there's a spell check, but it could use a little improvement. It tries to spell check web addresses, special coded characters (ex. & " Ã¢??) and words with special characters (ex. resumÃƒÂ© it suggests "resumÃƒÂ©", which of course wouldn't be xHTML compliant). I suppose I can go crazy and add a bunch of these "words" to the built-in library, but it'd be nice if they were included to begin with. Also, I wish there was a way to turn off grammar highlighting by itself. I can ignore it when I'm running the spell checker, but it underlines words it thinks are grammatically incorrect if I have Check Spelling While Typing checked.
- I like the live preview, but I've yet to find an app that does a good job of mimicking Dreamweaver's design view. I'd love to be able to add content/edit in a WYSIWYG way, with a spit screen and my code visible on the side. I don't even need/want full WYSIWYG functionality -- if I could just type in text (paragraphs) and possibly table content, I could format it in code view. It'd make editing text a little easier on the eyes if I didn't have to try and read my copy around all my tags. Sure, I can read the copy on the live preview, but then I have to find my place in the code to make the changes. Just dreaming here!
- One small "bug"(?) that I've come across (and I'm not even sure if it's an issue with Taco, my web provider, or my browser) but if I have Taco open, and I use Firefox to access my web provider's (PowWeb.com) FileManager, when I go to upload a new file, it crashes Firefox (90% of the time). If I quit out of Taco before using PowWeb's FileManager, then I don't have any problems.
Overall, this is a wonderful app, and well worth the cost in my opinion. I haven't been using it for very long, and I'm sure the longer I use it the more I'll find to love. If you're looking for a GREAT xHTML editor, look no further. Trust me -- I've tried the others and this one takes the cake. Kudos, Taco!
"Great alternative to basic Dreamweaver functionality!"
Version: Taco HTML Edit 2
The implementation of code suggestion is a bit rough (or I don't know how to use it). If you accept the auto-complete, you have to type over the parameter template. I tend to just read the suggestion and template and type for myself to the mouse.
Version: Taco HTML Edit 1.6
The program groups tags by kind and turns it to a specific color if it is a correct tag. It also provides previews so you can easily check if you are doing it right.
It recognizes old tag formats as well as new versions. These older tags don't work. A reference link would be nice.
Version: Taco HTML Edit 1.7.3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I can't comment on the beauty or otherwise of this from a programmer's perspective, but it is beautifully done from a user's perspective *if* you want an application which is designed to do what this one is designed to do. If you want to create web pages without seeing code or learning HTML, this is not the application for you. If, on the other hand, you want well-presented, customisable syntax-highlighting, hints when you need them and reminders about appropriate tags, this application just works - simple, quick-loading and straightforward software that lets you get on with it. My web pages are simple and I like the uncluttered, unbloated character of this editor. It does more than I need it to, but the more stays out of the way.
I especially like the latest versions which allow files to be grouped into projects as this makes editing multi-page web sites much easier. I also like the built-in preview which lets me quickly see the effects of changes I make to the source code, and the ability to preview pages in multiple browsers.
The only thing I would really like added - and I don't even know if this is *possible* - would be the ability to have a project displayed as if it was located at such-and-such a point on the web already so that I could see the effects of CSS sheets etc.
I can't comment on the claim that switching off auto-indent doesn't work as I've always liked having it on so haven't changed it. I *have* seen this application improve over time, though, so I definitely don't think it is fair to suggest that the developer(s) has stopped supporting it.
For me, this is an essential, light-weight tool that allows me to design and manage web sites easily. I have tried other programmes (including commercial WYSIWYG editors such as DreamWeaver) but this is the one I always return to. The only reason I'm rating support/documentation as "neutral" is because I haven't needed support and the programme is largely self-explanatory so I haven't used the documentation much, either.