Good question. Coda is everything you need to hand-code a website, in one beautiful app.
While the pitch is simple, building Coda was anything but. How do you elegantly wrap everything together? Well, we did it. And today, Coda has grown to be a critical tool for legions of web developers around the world.
More than anything else, Coda is a text editor. It’s got everything you expect: syntax highlighting for tons of languages. Code folding. Project-wide autocomplete. Fast find and replace. Indentation guides. Automatic tag closing. Fast commenting and shifting of code. The works. But Coda’s editor has features you won’t find anywhere else. For example, the Find and Replace has this revolutionary "Wildcard" token that makes RegEx one-button simple. And as you type, Coda Pops let you quickly create colors, gradients, and more, using easy controls. There are nice touches everywhere.
But an incredible text editor is just a nice typewriter if you can’t easily handle all of your files — from anywhere. Coda has battle-tested, deeply integrated file management. Open local files or edit remotely on FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, or Amazon S3 servers. Use the Files tab and move, rename, copy, transfer from server-to-server... anything. Track local changes for remote publishing. There’s even support for Git and Subversion.
Then you’ll want to see what your code looks like. Use our WebKit Preview, which includes a web inspector, debugger, and profiler. Then, on top of that, we added AirPreview, a revolutionary feature that lets you use your iPad and Diet Coda to Preview pages as you code on your desktop.
Believe it or not, we’ve just scratched the surface. Open Coda’s Sidebar to discover a rich set of utilities that make you work better. Like Clips, which let you create frequently used bits of text that you can insert into your document with special triggers. And project-wide Find and Replace that’ll work across multiple files. There’s also an HTML Validator, a Code Navigator, and more.
Finally, hiding behind the Plus button in the tab bar is a built-in Terminal and MySQL editor, two amazingly powerful Tab Tools. The Terminal can open a local shell or SSH. MySQL lets you define structure, edit data, and more.
And it’s all wrapped up in our Sites, which get you started quickly. Opening a Site sets your file paths, your root URLs, where your files Publish to, source control settings, and more. And with Panic Sync, our free and secure sync service, your sites follow you on any computer.
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Yes. Coda 2.5 is free for all Coda 2 owners, to whom we say thanks.
Coda 2.5 is only available directly from Panic. But don’t worry, we’re migrating Mac App Store customers for free.
First, make sure you've got the latest from the App Store — Coda 2.0.14 — and that you have launched the latest version at least once.
Ready? Great! Now simply download Coda 2.5 from us, launch it, and follow the prompts. Provide your email address and we’ll send you a personalized Coda 2 serial you can use to unlock the app now, and in the future.
Simply edit your Site, and check the "Automatically index all Site files" box.
With the new local indexer, trying to fetch an unknown amount of data can be slow for large sites. Rather than let your typing speed suffer or lag, we introduced a 0.1-second delay before showing the autocomplete menu.
You can learn more about extending Coda from the CodaPluginKit repository on GitHub.
If you have Git installed already, simply fill out the Git Tool Path setting in the Files pane of Coda’s Preferences. (Got Xcode installed? You already have Git! And Coda probably already knows about it!)
Otherwise, you can install Git from GitHub for Mac, or download Git from git-scm.com.
Originally, Coda used the Subversion binary that was installed with every copy of Mac OS X. As of Mountain Lion (10.8), Subversion is no longer bundled with OS X, and must be installed manually.
So how can you get Subversion back in Coda? Install Xcode from the Mac App Store.
Once Xcode is installed, change the Subversion tool path setting in the Files pane of Coda’s Preferences to