The Reflow team has been busy adding new features to the tool lately. Today they packed all these additions into a new preview available for download from the Adobe Creative Cloud. I also want to highlight the feedback we got from some of you -people who want to make Reflow as good as it gets. The Reflow forums weren’t a quiet place even during the holiday season :).
Brackets, our favorite open source text editor for the web, was updated recently. If you want to get the latest features just make sure you open Brackets. If you have the Sprint 34 version you will be invited to download Sprint 35.
Here is the news:
- Startup time was greatly improved, up to 50%. I know some of you complained about this, telling me that this or that editor is loading faster. Measure that again using this sprint and let me know :) For me it is fast enough. I actually have to wear my trusty aviator goggles so my eyes don’t water :D
- On Mac, Chrome is not relaunched when starting the Live Preview feature (this was already implemented on Windows).
- The UI for Find and Replace has been refined/improved.
As a Creative Cloud Evangelist I’ve been talking a lot about Creative Cloud benefits over the past 18 months. And one recurring question I get is “Why would I switch to Creative Cloud?”. Now there are lots of reasons for switching. However, I will illustrate only two reasons in this post. Both come from my own experience.
Typekit syncing fonts to your desktop
This morning I got an email from my boss with a presentation attached. He was requesting my feedback. Now, I don’t know about you but when I get such a request I always switch to “damn smart crazy smart mode” and do my best.
There was only one problem: the presentation used a number of fonts that weren’t installed on my machine. Hence the layout was horrible with basically chunks of text overlapping – this was killing my creativity/out of the box thinking quickly.
On November 1st the Brackets team released a new update that brings a number of cool features.
Short detour: It is hard to imagine that the project was only launched just last year. At least for me :). I’ve been using Brackets/Edge Code as my primary HTML/CSS/JS code editor for a while and I’d be hard pressed to find something bad to say about it. Yeah it is that “stable” and feature “rich”.
Are you a Photoshop user? Do you find yourself using icons in your designs from time to time? If the answer is yes then continue reading this post :) Not sure? Suffice to say that Smashing Magazine wrote about this extension last week.
BlendMeIn is a Photoshop extension that allows you quickly search for an icon and then add the selected icon (as a Smart Object) to your composition without leaving Photoshop. There are thousands of icons to pick from and the team is working hard to add more.
What do Edge Reflow CC, Edge Code CC, CSS Regions, and Mobile Safari have in common? As of today the CSS Regions feature is supported by Edge Reflow and Edge Code joining Mobile Safari which added support for CSS Regions with its latest update from last week (iOS 7 release).
Note: If you don’t know what CSS Regions is all about, then imagine a simple and elegant syntax that allows you, among others, to tell the browser to flow content through a chain of containers. And the browser will figure out how much content fits in each container.
The latest Brackets update is awesome! Just A.W.E.S.O.M.E! Why, you might ask? Well, in short the open source code editor for web, also known as Brackets, just got a new feature called Live HTML Development.
Basically, it allows you to see the HTML page you’re working on updated as you type in valid HTML code in Brackets. So just one more time in case you miss it: you type HTML code in Brackets and without any refresh (not even a Save action need it) the HTML page gets update in Chrome to let you see instantly what it looks like. This feature coupled with the existing Live CSS Development feature makes web developers/designers life so much more easier and funnier.
There are other new features like improved Search and support for CSS code intelligence for SASS (writing .SCSS files).
Get Brackets, talk back
If you already have Brackets installed then just open it and you should get a notification about the update and a link to download the latest. If not, then just go here and download the installer.
Try it and talk back. If you love what you see tell us. If you have ideas for improvements or other feedback let us know. You can also follow the Brackets team on Twitter.
The main difference is that Theseus allows you to better understand how the code was executed in terms of number of calls for each function and how the calls were chained together, all of this while running the page in Chrome or Node JS. You can click on any call of a function to inspect the arguments and return value.
Theseus can be integrated with Brackets. You can install it from the extension manager.
I am happy to spread the news about the first update of Dreamweaver CC. There are lots of new and cool things for you (as a side note, the update is coming very shortly after the release of Dreamweaver CC; these much, much faster update cycles are part of the Creative Cloud value proposition). So let’s check this out :).
This is great news for the Brackets team and its amazing external contributor community: Brackets (the Adobe driven open source code editor for the web) has been nominated for two awards: Best New Open-Source Project (category 15) and Best IDE (category 56).
If you like Brackets and the direction is heading to, then please go to this page and cast your vote for it (categories 15 and 56). Thank you!