Web design tools feel a little like they’re in transition at the moment. The death of Fireworks and the rise of Sketch has been interesting to watch, but the ones that interest me most are the Adobe Edge suite.
For a long time Macrabbit’s Espresso has been my code editor of choice, although sometimes I feel like I’m the only person on the planet not using Sublime Text 2. I’ve never really had a reason to stop using Espresso though, we get on well and I’m really comfortable with it – this is a huge factor with any app that I use.
As a Creative Cloud subscriber I thought it was about time I took a look at Adobe Edge Code, Adobe’s lightweight code editor. I pressed the install button and waited for the download to finish – one click to install the app you need is a great feature of Creative Cloud and I kind of feel like I’m actually getting better value the more CC apps I use.
My first impressions of Edge code were pretty good, it’s actually quite strange to see such a lightweight Adobe app – you expect them to be big bulky things that take ages to start. It’s kind of what you’d expect from a code editor – it does all the usual stuff but it has a couple of really nice features that I think could make it my favourite code editor…
Edit CSS from within the HTML
This is such a great feature, find the element that you want to tweak – hit Command E and it will open up the CSS for that element right there in your HTML. What a huge time saver, no more jumping around between documents. If the element you’re wanting to style doesn’t have a CSS style already set, you can also make a new one right there!
Watch your changes take effect while you’re making them. No need to save, no need to do anything – again I can see this being a huge time saver and really it’s something that should be in all code apps. Once you’ve seen this in action and tried it, you’ll miss it when you don’t have it.
So that’s my initial thoughts on Edge Code – I haven’t used it extensively but what I have seen I’ve liked and it’s definitely showing a lot of promise.