It Must Be Interweb Day (Updated)

April 23rd, 2007  |  Published in etc

Three Web authoring tools come out/get updated all in one day:

» CSSEdit was bumped to v 2.5. Golly do I like CSSEdit.

I don’t have the chops to just spontaneously spit out useful style declarations off the top of my head, so the visual editing component CSSEdit provides is really helpful. I can visually rough in what I’m after. When it comes time to tweak things for exact placement and size, I prefer to have my hands on the keyboard. CSSEdit allows for that, and its live preview is aces.

The X-ray inspection feature is great, too, especially for learning (or cribbing) from others. Just open the page you want to examine in CSSEdit’s preview window, turn on the X-ray and click on a page element to see a list of every CSS declaration in the page’s style sheet that operates on that element. Double-click the item to edit it in the style sheet.

I spent a huge chunk of last week neck deep in CSSEdit and loved it. It’s the kind of software that makes you want to revisit old projects and work on them some more.

New stuff in this release includes improvements on the X-ray to include adding new selectors on the fly and a new selector builder that makes the preliminary stage of sitting down and getting the basics out of the way easy. I didn’t notice them before, so maybe they’re new, but there’s also a way to group selectors into collapsible folders in the editor sidebar. That’s pretty handy, and it encourages a little more organization.

Anyhow, CSSEdit is super useful.

» The announcement for a new release of Sandvox showed up in the inbox. I’ve poked at Sandvox but never really warmed up to it. I understand the niche it’s trying to fill, and that’s fine. Design is just a little too managed for my tastes. Every time a new release comes out, though, I go look to see what it’s all about. I usually walk away wishing someone would figure out the harmonic feature convergence of Sandvox and Goldfish.

» And rounding out the three announcements today: Panic released Coda, which aims to take your puny text editor, CSS editor, file transfer client, terminal app and loose HTML reference books and smoosh them into one big uber-authoring app. If Sandvox and Goldfish are too much on the sweet side, Coda is pleasingly on the salted, but with the same sort of leg-up visual tools CSSEdit provides. There’s a visual component to its regexp search, for instance, that makes back references simpler.

If Coda had been around two or three years ago, it might have threatened my holy Web trinity of BBEdit, CSSEdit and Transmit. If someone who preferred to hand-code were looking for a tool now, I’d definitely point them to the 14-day Coda demo. It looks like a lot of bang for the buck.

Late-Night Lemming Alert:

When Gus says Coda is “fly” and he that he knows because he was a tester, I believe him because, well … I like Gus and tend to believe him.

But what’s with all the glowing reviews on MacUpdate and VersionTracker?

“I have nothing bad to say, I am going to be purchasing a copy and highly recommending it to others.”

“damn near perfect at 1.0”

“Top notch.”

“Bought and paid for this morning about an hour after release.”

“A MUST(at least for the trail) for any web developer.”

I hope at least a few of these people were also testers.

Or maybe it’s just more like that five-star review I saw on Amazon yesterday for Canon’s not-yet-shipping new Powershot, wherein the “reviewer” said the camera was the best EVAR and that he took it with him everywhere because it was so light-weight and functional.

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