It's officially one of the most exciting open source projects on the web. And today, almost three years after the first commit, Adobe's lightweight code editor Brackets is launching in 1.0 at Future of Web Design New York. It's already up there with the best code editors around.
If you've tried Brackets previously in beta, you may be surprised by how much it's evolved. The 16th most popular project on GitHub, with over 18,000 stars, the project has had over 240 contributions over the last three years, and the extension registry contains 439 extensions and 75 themes. Some of the most recent additions include:
- Split View
- Multiple cursors
- Support for themes
- Custom Keyboard Bindings that let you change Brackets' shortcuts to your own
- Quick Edit now works with preprocessors
- An Extract for Brackets (Preview) extension for pulling out design information from a PSD as CSS rules.
"Declaring 1.0 is our way of emphatically saying that Brackets is ready for every day use," says senior project manager Ryan Stewart. "We've got a solid foundation of core text editor features along with the innovative features like Live Preview and Quick Edit that make Brackets ideal for web designers and web developers to use. And with the Extract for Brackets (Preview) extension being released [see video below], Brackets now lets you quickly get clean, minimal CSS from a PSD."
So what's next for Brackets? "Now that we have a good base of core text editor features, we want to spend a lot more time on innovative design-oriented coding features," says Stewart. "Initially we're looking at improving our support for preprocessors and some SVG features/workflows.
"We think that the area where Brackets really shines," he concludes, "is that it can support the increasing numbers of designers who are coding while also providing great features for frontend developers who are implementing designs in code."
You can learn more about the latest release of Brackets here.