As a Mac user who spends far too much time managing and moving files all over the internet (from Mac to various and sundry remote sites) I’ve gather a cadre of useful tools to make the process efficient and enjoyable.
Once upon a time there was a Mac text editor called Coda which was somewhat unique among Mac tools which let users edit files, upload files, and manage uploaded files. Coda was first an editor, then a file transfer and management app that blended the two needs into one clever package.
Tops on the list of useful features was Coda’s famed multiple window panes which allowed for simultaneous file editing and viewing. Make an edit to HTML in one window, or to CSS in another window, and see the results in real time in the third window.
Coda was not the prettiest of utilities but had a loyal following. Earlier this year Coda won a contest for an extreme makeover. The end result is that Coda 2.x is the prettiest Mac text editor on the planet. Shiny hair, perfect skin, dazzling smile, and new body parts that former lovers craved.
There’s code folding, tabs, a super sidebar, a full on transfer component (which features FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, even Amazon S3), and iCloud storage and sync (if you buy the Mac App Store version). There’s even a built-in MySQL database editor for structure and content and queries can be tested from within Coda (and it validates HTML and CSS).
With such an extreme visual makeover of such a beloved app, why is this a sad tale?
Coda 2.x has the worst implementation of CSS editing of any major Mac app. No graphical editor. The only CSS editor that competed with the old Coda hasn’t been updated in years.
Workflow anybody? Coda 2 brings a completely different workflow to bear and it’s a bear to use (many extra steps to do the same thing in Code 1.x in fewer steps).
I’ve had massive problems importing sites and code in Coda 2.x which were easily managed in Coda 1.x. And, bugs. It’s as though Coda was given a complete facelift in the extreme makeover version, but now can’t walk.
Check the Mac App Store reviews. Many users give it four or five stars? Why? Eye candy sells. More experienced users, especially those who relished life in Coda 1.x, are not so kind. Sadly, Coda is made by the same developers that publish Transmit, my all time favorite file transfer app.
If you manage web sites and need a solid, dependable tool, think twice before engaging Coda. If you do, make sure you download the trial version from the Coda site instead of forking over money to the Mac App Store (refunds are almost impossible to obtain).