5 best free HTML editors for web developers (Mac Edition)
If you want to develop web pages, you need an HTML editor and a better development environment. Certainly there are some very good Mac paid editors. But there are also some good editors which are free. Although an editor does not cost anything yet does not mean that it is not good. Most of good HTML editor has it free evaluation version. You can “test” as long as it is a popular one. However, you should be ready to buy it for the sake of fairness. Below we present a selection of the best free HTML editors for Mac OS X.
The CotEditor is a relatively young and fresh new development for people who don’t need editor every day but just need a good editor with full syntax highlighting. The CotEditor may be practically understood as Notepad ++ for OS X. It offers a useful code completion also a really good “Search and Replace” function, split view for dividing the editor window into several areas, good syntax highlighting for 40 programming languages and comes with 8 Themes therefore. For a simple editor can very much be adjusted, the editor is definitely worth a closer look.
Here’s a look at one of the 8 Themes:
Bracket is a modern, open source editor with some very interesting features. For example, in collaboration with the Adobe Creative Cloud it can extract and read out design data such as color, font, gradients, and directly convert it from a PSD file and into minimalist correct CSS code. Similarly, levels can be extracted as an image from the PSD as a variable in preprocessor and convenient distances and proportions of elements can be determined. All without leaving the editor. Please note: The use of the Adobe Creative Cloud is chargeable.
Another major advantage of the brackets is the extensions that the editor can be adapted to individual needs. All three to four weeks to get new extensions. But it should also be full support of preprocessors. In brackets, you can use âQuick Edit” and “Live Preview” together with Less- and SCSS files which the work so much easier. Together with the right extensions and Adobe Creative Cloud Extract this editor covers the needs of professionals.
A short presentation of brackets in the video
Sublime Text 2 is the most favorite of developers because it is completely adaptable to your own needs easily by means of a JSON file. In addition, there are a number of extensions that can “drill” the editor. For example, a must-have extension is Package Control. The extensions and plugins can be found easily via the editor. To describe the functionality of Sublime Text 2 is quite difficult, because with the right plugins and extension it can do pretty much everything that is asked of him.
As an example of useful plug-ins are used to bracket highlighter (for finding of related clips and tags), Emmet (formerly Zen Coding – for extremely fast codes) and Sublime Linter (of any errors in the source code carefully).
A very good autocomplete feature gives Sublime Text 2 better results than any other editor. Some themes are also on board. Many more can be installed. All standard features such as search and replace are available. The editor is offered as a continuous evaluation version that means that it can be tested indefinitely charged. Nevertheless, you should for the sake of fairness purchase a license if you are sure that you want to keep it and use constantly. Â
Yes, Google also makes tools for web designers. The Google Web designer is going more towards Adobe Dreamweaver. It is not a pure HTML editor, but a combined WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) and text editor. These are available on both surfaces, even in the graphical interface and also in the code view. The Google Web Designer generates valid HTML5 and CSS3 code from the graphical user interface. You have to test it for yourself to see how well it really works.
Without proper testing relatively little can be said about this editor. The information on the website of the editor is more than sparse, which may be because the editor is still in the beta phase. However, the concept is interesting.
Some of the best HTML editors for Mac OS X are available for free or as a continuous evaluation version. One of the most popular editor ever found is Sublime Text 2. Sublime Text is extremely fast and customizable to your needs without much complexity. However, Bracket also appears to be very interesting. A test will show how good he really is. It is already installed and at the next coding session I will use it. A report is, therefore inevitable.
In the mean time check 9 Best Free HTML Editors for Web Developers (Windows Edition).