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Announcing Brackets 1.9 release

We’re delighted to announce Brackets 1.9 release, an update that is packed with features! As we’d mentioned some time ago, we’re focused on innovating and delivering regular updates to Brackets.

Download the latest version here.

In this update, you can take advantage of:

Reverse Inspect in Live Preview 

Most modern-day web developers work with a multi-monitor set-up, where they’re writing code on one and previewing design changes real-time on a browser, on another screen. Connecting these 2 distinct operations is essential to a boost productivity of a developer. With Reverse Inspect, a developer can now quickly inspect his code by clicking on elements in the browser and have corresponding chunks of code highlighted inside of Brackets.

Replace-all in Find & Replace

Along with the Batch option to selectively replace, you can now use the Replace-all function to replace all search results at once.

Sort extensions based on downloads and last publish date

The Brackets Extension Manager now displays download count for listed extensions. And also, the Extensions can now be sorted based on download count or published date in ‘Available’ and ‘Themes’ tab.

Change language mode in an unsaved untitled document

You can now change language mode for Untitled Documents. To its end, Brackets provides Code Colors and Hints based on the language mode that is selected for an untitled document.

GitHub Organization support for Brackets extensions

GitHub Organizations can now publish and own Brackets extensions. All public owners who’re part of the organization can update extensions.

See the complete list of fixes and enhancements in this version.

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Brackets 2017 Survey : Results

We recently conducted a survey among Brackets users. It was open for a limited time and we had 2500+ participants. As promised, we are sharing what we learned.

Geography

We had participants from 130 countries.

Age Group

64% of the participants are less than 30 years of age.

Organization

Most Brackets users are Freelancers or Self-Employed.

 

Role

Most of the participants identified themselves with the title “Full Stack Web Developer”.

Popular JS Frameworks used by developers

jQuery continues to be the most popular framework.

Which Build system do they use?

42% of the participants use build tools.

Which CSS processing tool do they prefer?

56% of the participants use a CSS processing tool.

How many of them use Design Tools?

60% of the participants use design tool.

What are they using the design tools for ?

 

Which Design Tools are they using (Top 10) ?

What are the services they pay for?

 

We thank all Brackets users who participated in this survey.

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Brackets 2017 Web Tools Survey

As web technology continues to rapidly evolve, tools and web developers are challenged to stay ahead of the curve – a goal seemingly insurmountable. Understanding the evolution becomes a key factor to achieve this goal, and we are constantly trying to better understand you. To that end, we’re launching the 2017 Brackets Web Tools survey to profile and understand you, and all of  the apps & services that you use. Please take part in this survey to help us understand you and your world of web development better! The results of the survey would be published on the Brackets blog.

Start the Survey !!

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Brackets 1.8 is now available

We just released Brackets 1.8. Download it from here. Brackets has gained incredible momentum in the last few months. Almost 800,000 people are now using Brackets every month. Our contributors have played a major role in making sure it evolves as the leading code editor for web developers.

The current version has a big list of contributions from our community. Special thanks to Martin Zagora for updating the Node version to 6.3.1.

You can see the complete list of fixes and enhancements on the wiki.

The Brackets team at Adobe had been focussing on bringing in Brackets as the code engine within Dreamweaver during the last 9 months. The team has done an incredible job and it’s being appreciated by the Dreamweaver users. Now that the job is done, we are back with the intent to innovate on features that the Brackets community would love. I cannot wait to announce our 1.9 feature set.

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Welcome to our new committers!

We are excited to introduce the newest committers to the Brackets community. I will let them introduce themselves.

Shubham Yadav

Hey guys, I joined the Adobe Dreamweaver team as a Software Developer this summer, straight out of college. But my relationship with Brackets started way before that. I was lucky to grab an internship at Adobe during the first half of this year.

During my time as an intern, I worked a lot with Brackets, both as an application and as an open source project. I just loved it. It helped me a lot in understanding the way open source community works together to create a full fledged application. I was introduced to different technologies and frameworks, like nodejs, Grunt, CEF etc. along with the best practices and standards of the Brackets open source community. Apart from that, I have prior experience with C++, JavaScript, HTML, CSS etc.

As an individual, I am passionate about developing things that affect the users directly, and things that provide a creative outlet. I am also an avid reader and sometimes dabble with writing. I am really excited to start this new journey, and hope to learn new stuff.

Naveen Choudhary

I am really passionate about learning new Technologies. I am currently working with the Dreamweaver team.

I started contributing to open-source in 2016 @Brackets during my Internship at Adobe. Since I started using Brackets, I loved it for the simplicity and ease of coding with powerful features. I have worked with technologies that includes frameworks in C++, Javascript, Zend (php-src), Hadoop etc.

Apart from computers I love Bikes, Road-trips

Saurabh Kathpalia

I am really passionate about solving computational and analytical problems. I am currently working with the Dreamweaver team.

I started contributing to open-source in 2014 and after that I worked as Software Developer for MoinMoin Wiki (Python Software Foundation) in Google Summer of Code 2014 in which I worked simultaneously on 2 projects(mainly in Python and JavaScript) and also worked as a Mentor for 2 projects in Google Summer of Code 2015.
I have also worked in the frontend team at housing.com where I made a 360 degree virtual tour of a house, in which I was introduced to technologies like WebGL(Three.js), CoffeeScript and Webpack.

I started using brackets 5 months back and since then I have loved it for its simplicity, intuitive UI and extensibility.

Please join me in welcoming all the newest committers.

Developers love Brackets and we are committed to making Brackets the best coding editing experience.

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Brackets 1.7 Now Available Including 64 Bit Mac!

The team just released Brackets 1.7, so head over to brackets.io to download it! As we mentioned, last year, the team has been busy working on integrating Brackets as the core code experience inside Dreamweaver, and that’s resulted in some nice features this release for Brackets users:

  • We’ve upgraded the CEF shell to 2623 which means the long standing issue with mouse scroll being too fast on Windows is now fixed.
  • It’s now easier than ever to quickly open recent files with the new Recent Files Navigation dialog. Ctrl + Tab will now show a history of all opened files and let you quickly open one.
  • 64 bit support on Mac!

If you’re interested in checking out the new, revamped Dreamweaver with Brackets integration, the team is going to be rolling out a public beta very soon. So keep an eye out for that!

Also, this is going to be my last blog post as the Brackets product manager. I’m turning the reins over to the fantastic Brian Thomas who is leading all of Adobe’s web tools. It’s been a pleasure to be part of the Brackets project for so long and I know Brackets is in the great hands of a passionate engineering team and PM.

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Update about Extract for Brackets (Preview)

Some of you are familiar with the Extract for Brackets extension, a tool used to work with PSDs shared via Creative Cloud. As announced in this post on the Creative Cloud blog today, we are discontinuing the extension effective on June 28 due to low usage. Please note that any PSD files you’ve used with Extract will still be available to access or share within the Creative Cloud Assets service.

To continue using Extract functionality, we suggest checking out the Extract panel in Dreamweaver CC. Thank you for your feedback and support during this process.

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New Committer – Swagatam Mitra

This is WAY long overdue as he has already been quite busy making Brackets better, but I want to formally introduce our newest Brackets committer, Swagatam Mitra. Swagatam was responsible for the split view (same document) feature and improving JavaScript hinting in Release 1.6.

And here’s some more about Swagatam in his own words:

I am a software developer by profession. Started carrier as a Data warehouse and Business Intelligence analyst and then moved on to server side programming in Java. After a few years I started embedded programming for Set top boxes and followed it for a while.

I got introduced to web technologies and open source in 2014 and eventually it was Brackets to start with. I really love Brackets for its simplicity and extendibility. Got hooked onto web technologies ever since and to learn DOM manipulation and styling developed an extension “html-designer” on Brackets for designing web pages/applications using HTML/CSS.

Apart from Computers, I love automobiles and photography.

You can of course find him on Github and also on Twitter. Please join me in giving him a warm welcome.

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Go Get Brackets 1.5

As of today, Brackets 1.5 is available for download. As we mentioned last week, the Adobe engineers on Brackets are working on bringing Brackets into Dreamweaver as the code surface and we expect progress on the open source project to be slower as that happens. But we still hope to do regular releases and our community is fantastic so a lot of the work that will be in those releases will be community driven. Brackets 1.5 is a great example of that.

This version of Brackets adds the ability to fold selected text via code folding and includes some major performance enhancements to searching. Brackets now also gives you CSS code hints inside of style tags in PHP documents and we’ve improved the code hinting performance in minified files.

We also fixed a couple of issues with El Capitan and a freezing/crashing bug. You can see the full list of fixes and enhancements on the wiki.

And a big thank you goes out to everyone who contributed to this release:

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Update from the Adobe Brackets Team

We’re incredibly proud of the momentum that Brackets continues to have. Over 350,000 people are using Brackets every month. There have been 283 contributors to the project and users have installed 890 different extensions. The community has also become even more active in the project over the past couple of months. We’ll soon be releasing Brackets 1.5 which has a number of fixes and enhancements that were contributed by the community.

The Brackets team at Adobe has been spending the past couple of months talking a lot about how we can continue to move the project forward. We all believe that Brackets is the absolute best code editor out there for the web and the success of Brackets has led to some very good discussion about how Adobe can make our commercial tools better, especially our flagship web tool Dreamweaver. We understand that any good web tool needs to have a powerful code editor at its core.

After discussing how we recreate Brackets features in Dreamweaver, we realized it would be more logical to use Brackets as the code editor for Dreamweaver and are going to start working on that plan.

This won’t have any impact on how Adobe will support the open source project. Brackets itself will remain 100% free and open source. Adobe will continue to maintain a strong engineering team on the project and actively engage and support the community. We will also continue to add features to Brackets and as we do the integration work we’ll be adding a number of core features to the open source project. But it will also mean that overall progress may be slow in the short term as the team works on both the integration work and the core product. As performance issues or bugs come up and get fixed while working on the Dreamweaver integration, we plan to fix those in Brackets directly and contribute them back to the open source project.

Once the integration work is done, which should be in the next 6-9 months, the development team will once again be focusing on Brackets. We will continue to add features and improvements to Brackets which will then make their way into Dreamweaver by virtue of the open source project. We will be working directly in the core Brackets codebase, not a fork, so that features and enhancements benefit the community as well as Dreamweaver.
The Adobe team continues to be both humbled and inspired by the way the community contributes to Brackets and moves the project forward. Brackets has always belonged to the community and that community has never been stronger than it is now. We are excited about this new phase because it allows the Adobe team to spend time on Brackets while also making an impact on Adobe’s commercial tools.

Be on the look out for the 1.5 release over the next couple of weeks. It’s a great release with a number of enhancements and fixes, most of which have come directly from community contributors.

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