It was originally created by Adobe, but is now community-developed, and it is an insanely well-done job. A slick, intuitive interface combines with good core mechanics, along with a raft of features, like over 100 extensions accessible right from within a built-in Extension Manager, live-preview which allows you to see the changes you make right away – no reloading the page any more, quick-edit that allows you to edit the CSS for the current tag without changing files, and more. Here’s a video, albeit a bit outdated, that provides a basic introduction to Brackets and its features:
Released in August of 2013, the version of this software for Linux has been on-par with its class-mates on Windows and Mac, though it does still have a few minor quirks, like the fact that it takes its own theme, instead of inheriting the system’s. There is also a bug where you have to click Close twice to get it to exit.
While this software is insanely great, I use it for all my web-development now, it is a bit of a pain to keep updated, as it lacks an auto-updater. Thus, every time there is a new version (which happens fairly often, usually ever 2 1/2 weeks or so,) you have to go and manually download the new version, and update it from that.
However, this is no longer the case. Web UPD8’s Andrew (or rather, Alin Andrei) has created a PPA that allows you to install and update Brackets natively in Ubuntu, like most other software. To get this PPA added and install Brackets this way, simply run the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install brackets
However, if you like the sound of this software and want to try it out for yourself, but don’t want to use this PPA OR don’t use Ubuntu, then the downloads can be found here.
Leave a comment down below with what your favorite web editor/IDE is, or any experiences you’ve had with Brackets!