CSSEdit maker rolls out Espresso Web dev tool

Peter Cohen, Macworld
22 September, 2008
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MacRabbit has introduced Espresso, a new Web development tool for Mac OS X. It’s being released now as a preview version; the developer expects to ship Espresso in November.

While CSSEdit focuses specifically on the creation and editing of Cascading Style Sheets, Espresso is a general Web development workflow tool. It sports editing capabilities, organisational tools, a preview engine, search and replace tools, publishing abilities and a plug-in engine.

A rule-based syntax engine recognises code and offers context-sensitive assistance to complete your work. The software will ship with HTML, XML, CSS and JavaScript support, and Sugars — what MacRabbit calls the plug-ins — will extend it further. Source lists let you manage projects, and the Workspace combines the concepts of tabs and sidebars. A Live Preview engine lets you see what your page is going to look like as you’re making it. Espresso will also ship with support for FTP, SFTP and Amazon S3; you can upload projects using dynamic parallel connections.

MacRabbit is accepting applications for users who want to test Espresso; visit the Web site for details.

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