Alternative to Coda 2

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by diegie, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. diegie macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2014
    Hi guys, girls,

    I'm a webdeveloper myself and using Coda 2 at the moment.
    But from time to time everybody needs a change :)

    What app do you guys use to develop your websites?

    Only thing that I really want in a new app is the possibility to upload my changed files directly from the app to the FTP-server (like in Coda 2).

    I know there are sites that sum up the alternatives of Coda, but maybe you guys have a secret app that's not on that list yet ;)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If a tool fits my needs, I don't change for the sake of change. Coda 2 is a product, I think its one of the best.
  3. diegie thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2014
    I know and have to admit that Coda is a pretty good app.
    But I'm just exploring if they are other apps that offer almost the same...

    Nothing wrong with "looking around", not? :)
  4. DevinPitcher macrumors regular

    May 23, 2009
    Michigan, USA, Earth
    I personally use Sublime Text 2, Transmit, and Sequel Pro. Once you get used to Sublime, you won't want to switch to anything else.
  5. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I think Coda 2 is very good; it is also nice to have Diet Coda on my iPad. I also use Word Press for some sites. And, I still use Dreamweaver and other Adobe CC apps plus others.
  6. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    not a direct replacement, as it does not have all the features you would expect, but Brackets is also worth a look.
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Coda2 is the best product I've tested. I love that I can push updates directly to the staging site for the client. I also love the integrated GIT source control!

    <sarcastic-thought>If only Panic would send me a $5 Starbucks card each time I bragged about them</sarcastic-thought>
  8. bnumerick macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    I could never get into Coda myself. Netbeans, Aptana Studio and PHP Storm are all good. I still use Dreamweaver but mostly because some of the people I work with use the templates in it.
  9. olup macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    I recently switched from Sublime Text to atom (, which seems to have matured a lot lately.
  10. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    The best tool is the one you know.

    However… I would recommend taking a look at WebStorm if you want a powerful IDE.
  11. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    I would definitely recommend

    My 'toolkit' consists of Atom, Brackets, Photoshop, Sequel Pro and Git.

    If you don't use Git already for version control, start.
  12. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
  13. clukas macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2010
    I switched from using Dreamweaver to Coda, love the switch and have not looked back. If you want to go real basic, you can always use TextEdit ;).
  14. MacDavey macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2015
    +1 for Brackets. Its fast and easy to navigate around projects. There's plenty of extensions available for it also so you can easily customize it.
  15. MobiusStrip, Jan 9, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017

    MobiusStrip macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    So I guess Espresso is defunct?

    I've used Coda 2 a lot, but Espresso's CSS editor was really nice.

    Both of the applications have profound UI problems, though. Coda 2's are just baffling; I don't know why Panic allows them to persist.

    Probably the most annoying one is the way that you specify a local root directory for your project, and then Coda doesn't honor it. You open your "site," and Coda doesn't automatically navigate the file browser to the root directory you specified for it. The browser just sits there on whatever directory it was pointing at last.

    This can be disastrous if you have multiple copies or versions of the project (or even similar ones) on your file system; you can work for hours on the wrong one, or overwrite things unintentionally.

    Also, Coda's split editors are bizarrely dysfunctional.

    And there's no way to export project files for use on multiple systems, and the iCloud syncing never worked right.

    And I just found that it doesn't alert you to updates. Version 2.5 is out, but 2.0 doesn't even have a way to check for updates, let alone alert you automatically.

    That's all I can remember at the moment. I'm curious about WebStorm and going to give it a try.
  16. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
  17. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    Coda 2 is all I use. Love it and it does everything I want.
  18. MobiusStrip macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    Yes, because that exists. Oh wait: No it doesn't.
  19. Starfia macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2011
    Espresso quietly started allowing open downloads for the beta of version 3 recently, actually. I'd never have known if I hadn't checked.

    I discovered Brackets for editing all code languages within a single web "project," and that replaced Espresso for me. But I still return to Espresso for the quick and awesome server-syncing it does (to answer diegie from like a year ago). ^ _ ^

    And since Jade / Stylus / CoffeeScript are my HTML / CSS / JavaScript of choice, there's no not using CodeKit for me anymore.
  20. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Espresso 3 is happening. I've tried every other editor, but nothing beats the ease of use and feature set of Espresso for me.
  21. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    long ago I switched to Sublime Text 2, and shortly after that, Emacs
  22. slayerizer, Jan 18, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017

    slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012
    I own Coda 2 but I often use Visual Code from Microsoft. It's free and powerful. When you edit colours in CSS files, it will show a colour preview like Coda. You can, unlike Coda, debug PHP web site (via a free extension). There is also support for Docker files and it's multi-platform. FTP is also available through a plugin if required.

    As a companion app for both, I use CodeKit. It manages easily the add-ons I use on my php projects.
  23. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    Oh yeah Visual Code is actually pretty good! It has awesome typescript and jsdoc integration and lots of convenience features. I didn't know it has a plugin to manage Docker!
  24. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
  25. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    VSCode, does everything you would want from a text editor and more.

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