Top HTML & CSS Coding Editors For Mac Designers

    written by Nikola Lazarevic

    When it comes to web design every designer have their own favorite coding application. Mac users have plenty of options to choose from. This roundup of HTML and CSS editors brings the most popular editing apps with a brief overview of their features.
    Let’s take a look at what should (or could) be on your hard drive if you’re serious about creating websites.

    Many of these editors mix design and coding functionality, appealing both to beginners and advanced users.

    Coda ($99)

    Panic Coda

    Coda by Panic has a fantastic site/project manager, offers free Subversion support, has a truly amazing find and replace function – not to mention the live preview and the ability to visually edit your CSS.
    Coda is one of the most popular choices for Mac based Web Designers.

    Panic Coda
    Panic Coda

    Espresso ($79)

    Macrabbit Espresso

    With a wonderfully minimal interface, Espresso turbo-charges your workflow with the perfect blend of features. Speed through day-to-day edits with extensive language support, contextual completions, powerful smart snippets, and Zen actions.
    Watch your web pages update in real time with live styling, visualize and inspect your layouts with X-ray, then push the changes to your server with Sync or Quick Publish. Oh, and CSSEdit 3 is built in!

    Macrabbit Espresso
    Macrabbit Espresso

    Dreamweaver ($399)

    Adobe Dreamweaver

    Dreamweaver may very well be the most powerful web editor available. It not only comes with code completion and subversion support, but it also allows for CSS validation with a few clicks and, as of CS5, Dreamweaver also supports authoring and testing of content management systems like Joomla or WordPress.

    Adobe Dreamweaver
    Adobe Dreamweaver

    BBEdit ($39.99)

    Bare Bones BBEdit

    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit’s best-of-class features, including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, project definition tools, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, code folding, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Mac OS X Unix scripting support, text and code completion, and of course a complete set of robust HTML markup tools.

    Bare Bones BBEdit
    Bare Bones BBEdit

    HyperEdit ($25)

    HyperEdit

    Tumult HyperEdit is a lightweight HTML editor with a preview pane that displays the web page live as you type. HyperEdit breaks the tedious cycle of writing html, saving the file, then reloading and viewing the page in the browser by combining the writing phase with the viewing phase.

    HyperEdit
    HyperEdit

    skEdit ($29.99)

    skEdit

    skEdit is another lightweight coding app that can be easily extended with more language support. The application includes project support, code completion, snippets and live preview, so it’s definitely a good competitor to the more wider known options.

    skEdit
    skEdit

    Taco HTML Edit ($24.99)

    Taco HTML Edit

    Taco HTML Edit is designed to simplify the process of creating attractive web sites that render correctly in various browsers. Taco HTML Edit includes tag wizards, which generate HTML markup for you. Taco HTML Edit also helps find errors in your HTML markup, and it can even check spelling in your documents. For those people who use PHP scripts in their development, Taco HTML Edit includes tools for PHP management.

    Taco HTML Edit
    Taco HTML Edit

    TextMate ($55)

    TextMate

    TextMate brings Apple’s approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.
    It is incredibly adaptable and brings powerful snippet support and macros as well as a wealth of other features.

    TextMate
    TextMate

    Flux (£69.99)

    Flux

    The closest Mac equivalent to Dreamweaver might be Flux by The Escapers. If you are looking for an app that allows you to develop both in visual and code view but can’t afford Dreamweaver, give Flux a try. The interface is very sleek and, once the basic principles of the app are understood, professional websites can be quickly created using both editing environments.

    Flux
    Flux
     
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  • Ryan Conway says:

    October 9, 2011

    Don’t forget about Text Wrangler, the “little brother” to BBEdit. It is also free.

  • Jonatas CD says:

    October 10, 2011

    good post!
    I just miss a mention to SublimeText 2

    anyway: good job!

  • sanbor says:

    October 10, 2011

    I recommend to everyone to try Aptana Studio 3, I had tried when go out, in 2008, and didn’t like me. But I tried this new version and it’s really incredible, so let’s give a shoot to his wonderful open source editor.

  • Web Design Company Mumbai says:

    October 10, 2011

    Nice Collection of Software’s.

  • Dzinepress says:

    October 10, 2011

    useful development tools, thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Montgomery says:

    October 10, 2011

    I cant understand why SublimeText2 was not mentioned ::: It really is a good alternative ::: Thanks for the post :::

  • Scott says:

    October 11, 2011

    Dreamweaver is great for HTML emails —

  • Test says:

    October 11, 2011

    aptana 3 :)
    win & mac

  • Web Design Company Mumbai says:

    October 18, 2011

    Nice Post.

  • Steve says:

    October 22, 2011

    Coda all the way!! I love TextMate also, but 9/10 times I use Coda.