Robert Crooks
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Rc1969 reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
I've reviewed earlier versions, but the editor is now firmly out there, so time to update. In addition to Chocolat, I've used Sublime Text 2, Code 2, Expresso, Komodo Edit, Aptana Studio, and a few more. They all have their virtues and faults, but Chocolat has won me over, and is my regular code editor. The feature set is terrific, the UI very nice, and above all, it just feels right (this was why it ultimately won out for me over Sublime Text).
There are still odd bugs, and the autocompletion could be improved.
But that being said, this is my favorite code editor, and the app I use more than any other on my machine.
[Version 1.4.3]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
I've tried most of Finder improvers/replacers available. XtraFinder is the one I like best because:
- I really like Finder, just find it lacking features, and XtraFinder is the least obtrusive in the way it adds onto with displacing Finder
- it seems to be less obtrusive in what it does to my system even than TotalFinder (my next favorite)
- I have no real complaints about it except that it occasionally hangs, usually in some file copy/move operation. But relaunching Finder turns it off and restores all to normal.
XtraFinder saves me time every day by simplifying tasks like showing hidden files, and copying or moving files to other folders.
[Version 0.14.3]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
I have this as well as Kaleidoscope, and I go back and forth between them. Kaleidoscope has a somewhat more elegant user experience, though I suspect the VisualDiffer is actually more efficient to use for those who know what they are doing. And it's much cheaper.
I also appreciate the configuration options, such as being able to filter out .svn and other such files.
This is a very fine app.
[Version 1.5]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
It's too bad, but I gather that this app has been abandoned. I bought a license, tried to activate it, and got an "unknown error". Tried to use the contact form on the site to get help, and that didn't work either. As far as I can tell, the only things that do work are the payment system and retrieve license key by email (which doesn't help, since you still can't activate the product).
It's a pity, as based on the last release, I'd say this was a very promising lightweight text/code editor.
[Version 1.2.3]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 22 Jan 2013
I have tried several markdown editors, and I think this one is hands-down the best. Very easy to use, nice choice of stylesheets, and exports very clean HTML.
[Version 1.0.8]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 18 Jan 2013
Editra is evolving into a first-class code editor, and it's very fast. I picked it up as a lightweight second editor, but it has a lot of the features of the heavyweights like Chocolat and Sublime Text.
[Version 0.7.20]




Rc1969 rated on 17 Jan 2013
[Version 3.0]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 30 Dec 2012
I really love XtraFinder -- it has just enough extra features for Finder, without being too obtrusive or replacing Finder altogether. It saves me time every day. Many useful features here that you'll wonder how you lived without once you get used to them.
[Version 0.14.1]



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Rc1969 reviewed on 28 May 2012
I first tried Chocolat in a very early beta. Gave it up after a day because it was too unstable and too many features were missing. But I've kept coming back as new beta versions are released, because I love the feature set (overall -- I admit there are a few more I'd like to see) and because it just feels good to work in: uncluttered, very usable code completion. I predict that Chocolat will eventually be the best code/text editor on Mac.
[Version 0.0.48]


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Rc1969 replied on 04 Jun 2012
Just an update - with beta .15 today, finding Chocolat very stable, very responsive, and very polished. It's now my code editor -- leaving Sublime Text (which is also very good) behind.
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Rc1969 replied on 24 Oct 2012
An update: Chocolat is now at 1.4.3, and it has gone from good to awesome. Mixins via node.js was an absolutely brilliant innovation, and Chocolat on its own keeps getting better in terms of features, memory management, etc. I still have a couple of other code editors on my system, but almost never open them...just like the feel of using Chocolat so much more.
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Rc1969 reviewed on 10 Mar 2012
If it wasn't an early beta, would get 5 stars! Easy to use, and adds exactly what I need to Finder: copy paths, arrange folders at the top, show hidden files (with a nice option to exclude the Desktop files), and more. I'm a long-time Path Finder user, but really only for these features lacking in Finder, and otherwise prefer the Finder UI -- so this is exactly what I wanted!
[Version 0.2]



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