I remember the days when a plain-text text editor was sufficient to code your website with. I was 13 years old when I started writing HTML code. Back then the code (or at least my code) was simple and there was no need for a fancy HTML editor. Nowadays the code is still simple but there’s more if it and its all mixed together. I don’t know about you but I’ve got XHTML mixed with PHP and then I have to write XML documents, PHP include files, CSS, and the list goes on.
I had never been happy with any of my code editors. BBEdit had an interface problem. Files were hard to switch between. The free programs… well… you get what you pay for. Then there was Coda. Coda was my dream editor! It had everything I needed. That is, until the trial period ended. Again, Coda just seemed kind of bulky and the interface was a bit cold and sterile. I know, shallow reasoning but I like what I like.
Then I found Espresso. Espresso is made by Macrabbit, the people behind the incredibly awersome CSSEdit. CSSEdit is the single greatest CSS editor ever. I’ll review that app in the future. But back to Espresso. Espresso has some great features. But the features aren’t really the selling point here as there are other editors who have the same, less, and sometimes more features. Its the way the features are implemented that makes Espresso such a useful tool. (more…)