Panic Blog

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Panic Goes Hawaiian

I made a promise in a status meeting long ago: when we finished Coda 2 and Diet Coda we’d all go on a trip.

So, we (very) carefully timed it so that when our apps were In Review, Panic would be In Hawaii.

Coordinating the travel felt like putting together a shuttle launch. (We cashed in over 900,000 frequent flier miles that we’d been squirreling away through our Alaska Airlines Visa since Panic was born!) Ultimately, it was super rewarding for Steve and me to have everyone’s families in one place, together. We turned the Beach Cottages at Turtle Bay into our own weird, cool little commune, walking up and down the lawn and greeting our familiar, but now tropical, neighbors. And these guys took the trip and ran with it — so much swimming, hiking, surfing lessons, great food, unimaginably beautiful beach drives, and the most relaxing hammock time in the world.

Now, the Apple surprises that popped up while we were In Review made it a little less than 100% relaxing for me, but I’ll tell you this: if you have to be making last-minute changes — such as removing the “iCloud” logo from our first launch screen? — there’s no better place to submit new builds than right here:

It felt like one of those moments in life we’ll always look back to with warm fondness.

Those are important.

Posted at 1:30 pm 26 Comments

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Coda 2 and Diet Coda. Now available!

It took longer than it should have. There’s no getting around it. This is the struggle we face constantly. First, we’re busy working on other things, but nobody knows that. Then, we start off thinking we’ll do something simple, and write “No major rewrite!” on the whiteboard. 6 months later, we find ourselves in the middle of this huge, awesome, Christmas-like update that will rock socks, but which comes at a price: a longer period of development so users get really antsy, more strain on engineers who already work so hard, a whole lot more bugs and testing, everything. It even took a toll on me: for the first time in nearly 15 years these two apps had me waking up every morning basically sick to my stomach with nerves. The huge scope, the uncertainty and difficulty of trying to coordinate with Apple and the App Stores, the fact that we are doing two major releases at once which we’ve never done before… well, it’s been a challenge.

But oh, what a challenge.

Looking at it today I think I can finally start to feel that it was worth it. It’s not everyday you get to launch what we just launched. I’m super excited and proud of what we put together.

Yet, at the same time, it might not ever happen again… maybe, from here on out, we do smaller, more gradual releases over time, like a normal, sane company would.

But I digress.

Coda 2 and Diet Coda are now available for sale.

And we really, really think you’ll really like them.

Of course, these are major new releases, so There Will Be Bugs. Just let us know what you find. We’re on the case and we’re working constantly.

And enjoy. Please enjoy!

NOTE: DO NOT post Support issues as comments on this blog post. It’s hard to support people via comments. E-mail us or Tweet us. Thanks!

Posted at 9:53 pm 89 Comments

Notes from the bleeding browser edge, Cabel

May 21st, 2012

RE: the Coda 2 Tour Video, for those who discovered how it works.
  • The 3D transforms are totally hosed in Firefox. We spent a day on workarounds until we discovered it’s fixed in Firefox 13 beta 1.
  • Chrome displays, but doesn’t properly transform, the movie’s mask. We switched to a black background.
  • Firefox doesn’t understand the mask at all. Black background again.
  • There’s no documentation on what the size/resolution limits are for iPad movie playback. If our movie was 1300 pixels wide, it’d fail. 1200 pixels wide, no problem. Too-high frame rate, fail. 15 FPS, no problem. WTF.
  • iOS won’t play our movie or poster frame if’s behind .htaccess auth. Why?
  • Reports coming in that some iPads/iPhones still don’t show the video. Why.

That said: so totally worth it.

Finally, a present: here’s the song I wrote for the Coda 2 video (2.8 MB MP3).

Posted at 3:35 pm 24 Comments

From the desk of Cabel
Portland, Oregon 97205

Announcing Coda 2. And introducing Diet Coda.

Yes. This Thursday, May 24th, you’ll be able to get Coda 2.

Coda 2 represents a incredible overhaul of every facet of our venerable all-in-one web code editor. It’s a release packed with tons of improvements that will make you more efficient and faster at your job. And on top of that, it’s got brand new features that will make it an even more indispensable part of your process.

You can learn all about Coda 2 here.

But that’s not the only big piece of news.

You’ll also be able to get the brand-new Diet Coda for your iPad.

Diet Coda takes everything we’ve learned about web code editing, and shrinks it down into the beauty and simplicity of your iPad. The perfect companion to Coda — literally, since the two can work together — it’s the ultimate way to make quick fixes while you’re traveling light.

You can learn about Diet Coda right here.

Coda 2 is a paid upgrade. Free upgrades will be available to customers who bought directly from Panic in the last month or so.

And there’s an important final thing: for the first 24 hours, both apps will be 50% off.

They’ll be available this Thursday, May 24th.

We can’t wait for you to use them.


Posted at 12:25 pm 157 Comments

Copywriter: Cabel.

10 Years of Touts

We just pushed out a quiet little update to our homepage. Nothing world-changing, just a nice refresh to help establish what Panic is all about for first-time visitors.

(I had far more elaborate plans for the homepage — at one point involving building actual sets, no joke — but after so many years of “I’m sure we can get to it next week!”, and after building up so much internal pressure that everything we do has to be earth-shattering, it felt great for me to sit down and do something quick, simple, and fun. Lesson learned.)

In prepping the new page, I moved the old images out of the way. And that’s when I realized we had something interesting:

A collection of little rotating “tout” graphics we had at the top of the old site.

The oldest modification date? 2002 — 10 years ago.

Through these touts, you can basically see everything we’ve done over the last 10 years. The passage of time generally freaks me out, so it’s a little overwhelming for me to see these all in one place, but it’s also kind of nice and comforting to see that, man, we’ve done a lot of stuff.

So here’s my life in 560 × 91. I hope you enjoy it. What’s next?

Posted at 1:15 pm 57 Comments