Friday, June 11, 2010

Web Editors for Mac OS X - Taco

Some have asked what editor I use on the Mac and what I recommend they use. It really depends on how you work as a Web Designer. If you are familiar with html & css and perhaps even php then you'll most likely want to avoid those bloated web editing software packages with all the flashy front ends that are placed between you and the code. These web editing programs often add extra code that you don't necessarily want or need.

This is why most tecky web designers (is there really any other sort?) prefer to edit the code directly. There is TextEdit, basically the same as Notepad on Windows. Add the power of TextExpander and you have a powerful web editor.

But my favourite web editor is Taco. It has a live edit window so you can preview the results as you code. The Component Library allows you to select one of 22 components, which can be customised. It has code colouring, so you can see at a glance what code is what, a companant library, code clips, and more.

Go to the site, have a read, and download a demo version to try it out for yourself. It's only $25.

 Once you've created your website you'll need an FTP program and a reliable webhost, but that's for another post.

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