Coda 2.5.1

Panic’s cod­ing tool’s first up­date in two years: worth the wait?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - $99 (about £63) De­vel­oper Panic, panic.com OS X 10.7.5 or later Re­quires 64-bit Mac, FTP space for up­load

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.

Other new fea­tures also feel like they’ve not reached their po­ten­tial. Lo­cal file in­dex­ing now (op­tion­ally) goes through a site’s lo­cal files, to pro­vide site-wide au­to­com­plete of func­tions, classes and vari­ables; this worked great when edit­ing JavaScript, but it’d be good to see smarter au­to­com­plete go wider, tak­ing BBEdit’s ‘match any­thing’ ap­proach. Sim­i­larly, CSS over­rid­ing, while wel­come, feels un­fin­ished. It’s de­signed so you can over­ride a live site’s CSS with a lo­cal edit, but Coda’s im­ple­men­ta­tion lacks ri­val Espresso’s X-ray fea­ture and awk­wardly forces you to switch back and forth be­tween CSS and live pages when

It in­tro­duces Panic Sync, a cloud-based ser­vice for sync­ing clips and server in­for­ma­tion across de­vices and soft­ware

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