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Thajeztah commented on 19 Apr 2013
@macupdate As of April 6th 2013, this software is no longer maintained and the developer closed its doors;
[Version 1.4.0]


Thajeztah reviewed on 18 Aug 2012
Over the years our company has been looking for a standard IDE for PHP development. After using Eclipse (PDT) (slow), Aptana (basically Eclipse with additional add-ons and more user friendly), Zend IDE and NetBeans, we decided to give PhpStorm a try.

We never looked back. PhpStorm is simply the best PHP IDE at the moment. Its feature set is *very* complete. Pricing is good (both 'professional' and 'personal' licenses). And the developer is very responsive via their issue tracker, which allows up-voting feature requests and allows for discussing bugs, features etc.

A shortlist of plusses that come in mind:
* Excellent auto-completion for PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript, that is based on your actual code, not just the standard PHP/Javascript pre-defined methods.
* Code inspection; Check/validate your code (single file or whole project) and get early warnings for possible errors in your code.
* Integration with various VCS; SVN (1.6 and 1.7), GIT, CVS
* Integration with issue trackers allows automatically grouping changes to change lists connected to your issues
* Direct access to your database for quickly querying and making changes to database schemas
* Plugin-system to add additional features
* Highly customizable
* Cross Platform (Windows, Mac)
* Quite fast; It's still JAVA-based, but works multi-threaded and a lot faster than Eclipse-based solutions

I would urge any serious PHP/Webdeveloper to give PhpStorm a try. Try to download the trial or, if you need more time to test, download the 'EAP' release (alpha releases, less stable, but they allow for testing longer than 30 days).

If you're looking for a *free* solution, have a look at NetBeans, but for professional use (as mentioned before); Pricing is reasonable and shouldn't be a problem.

Also, if you're looking for the best-looking, simple to use IDE, probably PhpStorm is not for you (CODA might be a better solution). PhpStorm is a professional tool where features and integration are more important than looks and ease-of-use.

To get an idea of features that you'll unlikely find anywhere else, have a look at their blog:
[Version 4.0.2]

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Thajeztah replied on 18 Aug 2012
A small update; The price mentioned on MacUpdate is for the *professional* license. Personal licenses are currently €94,00 and track their website because they sometimes discount the personal license for just €50. Licenses for open-source developers are actual free

Thajeztah rated on 18 Nov 2011
[Version 2.0RC]

Thajeztah commented on 04 Nov 2011
@macupdate The Download link seems to be broken. The correct url is:

Also, the current version is 3.0.13
[Version 3.0.11]


Thajeztah reviewed on 28 Sep 2011
Tried it, bought it straightaway

Simple to use, more advanced features (requiring shortcuts etc) are available but NOT required for basic use.

I've tried some of the alternatives, but was overwhelmed by 'customization' features etc that I didn't need all the time.

Price is right, especially when bought on the App Store, as that gives 5 licenses for the price of one :)
[Version 1.2.7]

Thajeztah rated on 04 Sep 2011
[Version 1.8]


Thajeztah reviewed on 23 Jul 2011
Pixelmator 1.6.7 is now available on the App Store. Fixes the issue not running after updating.

The version on the Pixelmator website is still 1.6.6, which is probably the same version as the App Store version 1.6.7
[Version 1.6.6]

Thajeztah rated on 23 Apr 2011
[Version 6.1 Public Beta 4]

Thajeztah rated on 24 Mar 2011
[Version 1.7.3]

Thajeztah rated on 18 Jan 2011
[Version 2.4.3]

Thajeztah had trouble on 30 Dec 2009
I just got my Magic Mouse and installed MagicPrefs (1.4), and have a small problem with the middle-click functionality, in combination with Expose.

On a 'normal' mouse, click and HOLD the middle button for expose (all windows) will show all windows and -close- Expose once the middle button is released, switching to the window that the cursor is currently on.

MagicPrefs however, opens Expose on click-and-hold, but does not -close- Expose when releasing the middle-button.

I really hope the developer is able to fix this in a future update as this way of using expose is a big timesaver for me.

On closing; MagiPrefs works as advertised, looks good and can't be beat for the price :) Very much appreciated!
[Version 1.4]

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Thajeztah replied on 30 Dec 2009
Commenting myself; I notice the big red 'TROUBLE' image next to my post (which is automatically added when choosing the 'troubleshooting' category during post).

Don't let this put anybody away from MagicPrefs!
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