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Espresso is the ultimate pick-me-up for Web professionals in search of a better development environment. Streamline your workflow with powerful Web design and development tools, perfectly suited for projects of any scale.

Smooth and simple navigation. Espresso's unique Navigator outlines the hierarchical structure of your documents and even offers drag-and-drop reorganization options. No matter how complex your code is, Espresso lets you manage it with ease.

Tame your code. Espresso is packed with programmer-centric features, from syntax highlighting to code folding, more...

What's New

Version 2.1.5:
  • Improved stability and bug fixes

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7.4 or later

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I have downloaded and tried to use espresso as a replacement for CSSEdit every couple months since it first started shipping. I tried again tonight.

The idea that this includes CSSEdit 3 is just not realistic. The CSS editor interface is more...

4 people found this review helpful
Version 2.1.5
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Mikael B Member IconComment+414
Mikael B
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No rgba? Seriously? This is 2014, not 2001.

I will simply not pay for this. I'm really getting tired ot the available mediocre, at best, web development software for Mac that always seem to miss the mark.

Web development software should aid and make day to day operations faster and not get in the way or limit modern web development.

I use the Web Developer Tools in Firefox for all CSS work, which should be telling. Once you know what you're doing, instant graphical response Espresso hands down.

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Version 2.1.5
Mikael B
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The last bit should read "instant graphical response *beats* Espresso hands down".

myersd
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Unless your talking about somewhere else Espresso supports RGBa? For example for color: (font color) I select the color "block" select the color I want and adjust the opacity slider. Espresso enters rgba(37, 45, 175, 0.41)?

Mikael B
+0

Great myered! I missed that slider. Thank you!

Mikael B
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@myersd, your helpful insightful comments awoke my curiosity and I opened a second window, even as there is no obvious way I can see to open 2 windows. So I have one window with a rendered preview in both windows and I choose "Style sheets" and as I start to edit the code the second preview window updates with it. Exactly what I wanted.

Maybe Espresso can work for me now. I'm going to try it out again some more and try do do a design with it. I bought Macaw and I'm already fed up with it.

Mikael B
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OK, in case anyone else would like to try this the most intuitive way to open the web preview in a second window that I've found is to click the preview button and then drag the tab eye icon in left column until it becomes its own window. Then you move it to where you can see it while working on your code.

I do think this should be the default way of Espresso to display previews simply because it is a very fast way of working.

Macluddite Member IconReview+13
Macluddite
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I have downloaded and tried to use espresso as a replacement for CSSEdit every couple months since it first started shipping. I tried again tonight.

The idea that this includes CSSEdit 3 is just not realistic. The CSS editor interface is worse, the selection of (for lack of a better description) GUI tools certainly isn't expanded to any degree. Where are the CSS3 properties? Clicking on styles in the inspector only occasionally takes you to the corresponding code in the CSS file now.

I really want this software to work. I used CSSEdit religiously as part of my workflow for a long time, but it's getting very long in the tooth. It seems to me that the CSS editor is the one part of espresso that should really be polished. CSSEdit was brilliant, people loved using it, and as a tool it worked exceptionally well.

I am crestfallen by the thought that the CSS editor in espresso may never be an adequate replacement. I've liked macrabbit's style and the previous software they have produced. As much as it pains me, at this point I'm willing to move on. Here's hoping they pull a rabbit out of a hat, or someone else makes a usable CSSEditor soon.

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Version 2.1.5
Mikael B Member IconReview+414
Mikael B
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Espresso is certainly not bad and you can do some serious html/css/javascript stuff in it. I do lack a better overview of ftp connections though. While Espresso did upload properly it won't make a listing for me to verify I can see everything nor do I see a log anywhere.

Also, there doesn't seem to be an obvious way to add language constructs, like HTML5 data attributes or template languages. SASS? Compass? I suppose I can get Codekit for that, but I'm not certain Espresso will fit well into my workflows.

If you need something that works for pure HTML/CSS-oriented sites Espresso is probably very nice.

I'm saving the money for Macaws, however, even if it's something else it's the results that counts.

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Version 2.1.5
myersd
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Not sure what's missing for you on FTP I think it is one of the best because I can Sync between multiple servers with multiple connections set up on the same project DEV/TST/UAT etc... I can either push, pull, or sync. I also like how it doesn't make me push all or none. (right click on a single file). I can test everything on DEV then once it's good push to TEST for example. I also like how you can skip a file or always skip a file. And it shows exactly what was pushed or pulled and it's current progress. When it's complete you get a list of checked off files. I use GIT for deployment now so the FTP isn't that important but, when I do use FTP/sFTP it works fine.

Mikael B
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Where does it show "exactly what was pushed or pulled and it's current progress". I seem to get no info at all. Is there a specific view that have this info?

myersd
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I for example have a list of 2 servers under the Publish drop down on the right. aws_dev and aws_tst. I select aws_dev and then click sync on the right. (since I want to sync my changes with the servers there are other options under the buttons as well). Espresso than logs into your server and check the files (you can see that progress). once that's done it will show you what you need to sync. You can manually make changes in that window if you like. once you are happy with the changes. Press Sync (on the right) again and it will show you the progress of each file. when complete it will show you a little check box and a up arrow or down arrow (for uploaded or downloaded or course). I would show screen grabs but you can't add them here. for example I can see exactly that 2 files where uploaded since they both have a check box next to them and up arrows.

Mikael B
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@myersd, thank you for being so helpful. I'm afraid you lost me there though. I have the server set and it's visible under "Publish". There are no buttons or menus or any other kind of choices I can see there. The big content area just says "nor connected". I see no way of connecting or making a listing of the server content.
What I can do is select a file in the site and choose to publish it. This will work, provided I know the full path to the published files folder on the server so I could set this up in the server settings. I can't see where I am in the site as I can do in full-fledged file transfer app like Cyberduck.
I do get a symbol to the left of the published file, Is this what you mean with "a list of checked off files"?
I don't understand how you're supposed to set a file to never sync.

myersd
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Is your toolbar hidden at the top of the window? go under View > Show Toolbar. when you select a publish server on the left the button should be in the toolbar at the top right. Give that a shot and let me know.

Mikael B
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@myersd, that's great. I guess this I don't like the far right buttons because I didn't read them as relevant to the left column. I'm not in favor of that choice, at least on my big screen. However, the buttons are there and I can get the file list. That's wonderful. Thank you!

I still felt the biggest obstacle was the fact I can't see a design when I'm working with the CSS So I started fiddling with a separate window. Read the details further up.

Msl Member IconComment+53
Msl
+3

I have no idea how to properly use this software as there is no manual, and the online help is virtually nonexistent. I've got better things to do with my time than to try and guess how this editor is supposed to work.

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Version 2.1.5
Marcossi Member IconComment+120
Marcossi
+7

I second everybody prefers CSSEdit here. The first one that can make a new clean CSS editor that fully supports CSS 3, and all browsers will have my money on the spot!

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Version 2.1.4
Tim27 Member IconComment+553
Tim27
+16

Another .X update. Macrabbit, what we could use is the next version. 2.x has been out for a long time now. We need the functionality of CSSEdit. Many of your customers have asked for it, but you still have not provided it.

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Version 2.1.2
myersd Member IconReview+0
myersd
+0

Long time Espresso user. I really like the workflow area for open files. It stays at the top no matter how long the file list below is unlike another editor. I also really like the Sync feature where you can tell it to ignore or always ignore (which it of course remembers). Of course it has live sync as well. The Search project files works great as well. I also like being able to sync to many servers as needed (ie. testing, dev, QA, production in our workflow).
Editing works as expected. The only thing I don't like is the slow search over my large projects. Once my projects get more then a few hundred files the search starts to really drag. The new FTP/sFTP is smokin fast! -- I wish they would speed up the search! -- oh and I like being able to write plugin for it in any shell language (I use PHP for example)

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Version 2.1.1
Phaleron Member IconComment+97
Phaleron
+11

Here's my little rant:

I hate it when System support is dropped mid-version. I only recently bought Espresso 2.0.5, but now I cannot benefit from any bugfixes because my system version is no longer supported.

Dear developer, don't be unethical. Please, maintain support for the system you begin a version with, or else tell us upfront you'll be dropping support so we don't invest in a dud.

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Version 2.1
sjk
+4

Without knowing MacRabbit's reasons for dropping older OS support in 2.1 now, it would have been more considerate and acceptable if they'd preannounced it would happen after the public 10.9 release and postponed it until then. And yhy they'd do it any time without bumping the major version# and/or a preannouncement is a questionable decision.

Xiiro Member IconComment+15
Xiiro
+10

I'm another CSSEdit user who believes it's still far superior to Espresso's CSS editor. As such I started a petition to persuade MacRabbit to either restart development of CSSEdit (which they say they have no intention of doing) or to release the source code as open-source.

While it may not change anything it can't hurt to voice your opinion so please consider signing the petition http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/cssedit.

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Version 2.1
Tekl
+1

What are you missing in Espresso?

Vitu
+2

I know you weren't asking me (so pardon my intrusion) but I miss 10.6 compatibility.

Xiiro
+5

Basically I miss the entire UI, it felt more intuitive for CSS dev.

But the beauty of CSSEdit is that it was designed for only one purpose and that's what made it better than everything else. The features that were dropped in the Espresso version were in part what made CSSEdit a standout. It's not that I think the CSS editor in Espresso is bad, far from it, it's just that CSSEdit is such an outstanding example of purpose-built software that as soon as you start stripping-out features to fit it into a larger application you lose the magic that made it great in the first place.

Tekl
+0

It would be very interesting if you can be more concrete. What’s better in the CSSEdit-UI and what features are dropped in Espresso? I think Espresso is still very CSS centered.

Echoz
+5

In my list of still un-implemented feature requests, all but the first are working CSSEdit features.

1) Ability to move *down* as well as *up* the DOM hierarchy in the hierarchy bar (and a key command for this would be well used). All other tools of this functionality work this way.

2) Bring back Format / Re-Indent that we had in CSSEdit2. This was essential making a minified stylesheet readable. Yes, I keep CSSEdit for this feature, but it's a huge bother to switch apps to use it.

3) A javascript bookmarklet to preview the browser page in Espresso's web preview like we have in CSSEdit2. It's essential for easily getting urls into the preview. CSSEdit's bookmarklet was this: javascript:document.location.href='cssedit:preview?'+location.href;

4) Allow the preview's inspector to remember it's window position.

5) Keep Preview Inspector active after clicking.

Cowicide
+3

Agreed, losing 10.6.8 compatibility killed it for me.

Phaleron Member IconComment+97
Phaleron
+1

The developer's website states:

"Edit any website's CSS and see it update in real-time. No need to save, publish or reload."

Does anyone know where and how this feature can be invoked?

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Version 2.0.5
Marcossi
+1

I am also looking for this.

Tekl
+0

You (or Espresso) just add a comment to the CSS file which URL it should override. There's a trail version out there.

Steelie
+0

Go to “Preview” > “New Web Preview” or press Command+Option+P which will open a new preview window.

Enter the URL of the site you want to tweak in the address bar.

Click on the “Style Sheets” button/icon to the right of the address bar. Click on the stylesheet you wish to tweak from the drop-down menu.

Edit CSS with real-time updates.

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Version 2.1.5
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Version 2.1.4
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Version 2.1.3
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Version 2.1.3
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Version 2.1.1
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Version 2.0.5
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Version 2.0.5
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Version 2.0.5
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Version 2.0.5
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Version 2.0.5
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Downloads 52,011
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Type Development / HTML
License Shareware
Date 04 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $75.00
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