updated 07:14 pm EDT, Mon May 21, 2012
Both will be half-off regular price on debut day
Long-time Mac software developer Panic will be launching a major new version of its web-coding tool, now called Coda 2, along with an iPad companion app called Diet Coda on Thursday. The company describes Coda 2 as an "overhaul of every facet" of the editor, while Diet Coda is seen as a portable tool for making quick fixes to code when a developer is on-the-go. Both programs will be sold at half-price on Thursday, May 24 only.
Coda 2 brings many changes both in the UI as well as in the coding itself, for example now offering code folding, a much-requested feature. Custom variables and functions can now be auto-completed, the program is now smarter about closing tags and uses better color-coding, and users can find and replace "placeholder" tokens to quickly tab to sections of code that need work.
The new version of Coda will automatically include full support for Git as well as SVN, and all the functionality of Panic's popular FTP tool Transmit. There is now a full MySQL editor included in the program, CSS gradients can be done visually right in place with the help of GUI pop-outs, and the Mac App Store version of Coda 2 will feature iCloud sync for sites and clips.
The interface has been redesigned with more tabs, plus-button functionality, an all-new sidebar and the ability to go full-screen in order to focus on code. Site management has also been improved with the introduction of a list view and automatic grouping of sites by dragging one onto another. The program now offers live code hints and better previews and validation.
Users who also spring for the Diet Coda program can also use the iPad as a wireless live preview of the site a user is working on, an ideal use for the iPad while coding. In addition to acting as a preview for Coda 2, Diet Coda can handle fast syntax highlighting and remote-only editing, and includes both the functionality of Transmit for FTP duties as well as the SSH terminal features of Panic's Prompt product.
Diet Coda also features a document shelf, clips library, find-and-replace, a contextual keyboard and a "Super Loupe" magnifier that goes beyond the loupe highlighting built into iOS for a more coding-specific magnification. The program is also Retina Display-ready for the new iPad.
Pricing on the new Coda 2 is a bit complicated -- the program will be priced at $50 (half off its usual retail) on its debut this Thursday, May 24. After that it will rise to $75, which the company calls "upgrade pricing for everyone" for a limited time, and then will eventually return to its $100 normal pricing. Buyers who purchased Coda on or after April 10th directly from Panic will receive a free upgrade, but Mac App Store buyers have no mechanism for this and thus will have to pay the upgrade pricing during the limited promotion.
Diet Coda will debut for $10 on the iOS App Store for a limited time, then go up to $20 normal pricing.