Coda 2: A Personal Review

Posted on May 25, 2012

tl;dr

Coda 2 is one of the most ambitious 1.0 to 2.0 releases ever. You should buy it.

The review

Coda 2 and Diet Coda went live on the App Stores this past Thursday (or Wednesday if you stayed up late enough. Don't judge me!). Beside the functionality blowing me away, the first-day prices were incredible. Coda 2 and Diet Coda (2 apps I consider the bar for future Mac/iPad apps) were on sale for less than $60 (without tax). They're easily worth twice that amount.

This is just a brief, pro/con review about Coda 2 (haven't had enough time with Diet Coda). If you want something that dives heavily into features check out these posts:

My thoughts

I have to admit, I'm a bit biased about this app. First of all, I've used Coda for years. I tried TextMate, Espresso, Sublime Text 2, but I always came back to Coda. It's better designed and offers a better coding experience. Second, the crew at Panic is a great bunch and I like supporting them. They put their hearts and souls into making great applications and it shows.

Coda 2

Using the Preview and new sidebar with Coda 2
Using the Preview and new sidebar with Coda 2

Coda lovers have been waiting for this application for a long time. And now we know why. It's gorgeous. Panic went back to the proverbial drawing board and rethought the workflow we take to build web sites and web applications.

Pros

Using the breadcrumbs to navigate files
Using the breadcrumbs to navigate files

Cons

My cons are more about the new releases of software (and hardware). Things are a little buggy, new workflow changes, etc. iCloud is the main offender.

Conclusion

Coda 2 is more than a beautiful design and a great 1.0 to 2.0 transition. Panic (@panic) kept up with @replies on Twitter throughout the entire process. The team personally responded to tweets of praise, questions, suggestions, and rants. Now that is service and belief in your product.

The bar has been raised, Mac developers. I just hope they don't get bought out by Facebook.

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