Panic’s coding tool’s first update in two years: worth the wait?
This 2.5 version sees Coda remain a friendly, capable website coding environment, suitable for both professionals and amateurs alike, in terms of its feature set. Although not strictly a singlewindow app, it prefers this model, with you working in tabs that house documents, Terminals or database connections. Tabs can be split to simultaneously see multiple sections of a document or to house code in one part of the window while a live web preview is shown in another.
Panic says Coda 2.5 is faster and has a revamped UI, both of which were evident during testing, with OS X Yosemite getting a subtle, tasteful window transparency treatment. There are new features, too. New column guides prove effective when working with nested elements, and publishing now tracks external changes, which will be a relief for anyone using CSS pre-processors. There’s a new plug-in manager that’s basic but handy for juggling styles, modes and new sidebar plug-ins, all of which can be written in HTML.
The app introduces Panic Sync, a cloud-based service for syncing clips and server information across devices and software. During testing, it worked flawlessly across Transmit iOS and Coda, but Transmit for OS X and Diet Coda for iPad were (at the time of writing) still waiting for updates to take advantage of this.
It introduces Panic Sync, a cloud-based service for syncing clips and server information across devices and software