Development team Panic on Wednesday revealed there are some big changes on the way for its popular macOS web development editor. Coda 2 will be replaced later this year with an all-new web dev app, and it won’t be named “Coda.”
Twelve years ago we introduced Coda, the world’s first web development editor. It put the tools you needed to make a web page together in one app, and nobody had ever done that before.
But a lot has changed since then. Websites are now more like applications in the way they’re built and run. Deployment is much more complex than an FTP upload. Languages, frameworks, toolchains — and possibilities — have exploded.
We had to make a difficult choice: rewrite Coda for this new world, or leave it behind?
Panic apparently opted to leave it behind.
There are substantial new modern editor features, like multiple cursors, highlighting for identifiers, tag pairs, and brackets, editor overscroll, improved autocomplete, and more.
There’s publishing to multiple destinations. A sidebar for build issues. Themes for the entire workspace. A new Terminal.
And since it’s Mac native, it’s super smooth and hyper responsive, designed to get your work done as quickly as possible. It’s also way faster than Coda 2 — up to 40 times faster when parsing files and indexing a project.
Panic says the new editor will offer innovative new features that they’re not quite ready to announce that. They did mention a few Coda 2 features that won’t be making the move to the new editor, including the MySQL client and support for visual CSS editing.
One thing we know for sure, the name “Coda” won’t be making the cut, but Panic doesn’t know for sure what it will be calling it. The developer will be releasing a public beta of the new app later this year. If you’d like to be contacted when the beta is available, sign up at the Panic website.