Nov 052014

After three years of development, the Adobe-sponsored open source text editor Brackets recently hit Release 1.0.

Hailing it as a milestone, Brackets’ developers say Release 1.0 comes with several performance improvements over Release 0.44 and is now ready for every day use by developers.

A cross-platform lightweight text editor built in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, Brackets runs on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 or newer, Debian Linux 8 or newer, Mac OSX 10.6.8 or newer and Windows Vista, 7, or 8/8.1 (x32 and x64).

Highlights of Brackets include inline editing, a Live Preview mode that lets developers see HTML and CSS code changes instantly in the browser and tons of extensions (439 extensions and 75 themes at last count).

New features in Release 1.0 include support for custom key bindings to let users change shortcut key combinations, the ability to collapse Quick Edit results so developers can hide results from files they don¹t want to edit and more accurate JavaScript hinting by matching by case when filtering.

Release 1.0 also includes a preview version of Extract for Brackets, a cloud service that speeds up pulling design information like colors, fonts, and measurement info out of a PSD (Adobe Photoshop Document file) and turning it into clean, minimal CSS.

By the way, there’s a Adobe-branded distribution of Brackets called Edge Code that includes Brackets and some pre-bundled extensions. What long-term inpact Bracket will have on Adobe’s Dreamweaver core web design and development tool is a million dollar question for which there are no satisfactory answers so far.

Brackets’ rivals include editors like Sublime Text and Atom and IDEs like WebStorm.

Why don’t you download Brackets, play with it and see if it meets your requirements.

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