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.

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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 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 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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Brackets 1.4 is here

Today we are releasing Brackets 1.4, that has some great features which include, the new instant search, better preferences editability to name a few.

Instant Search

Say hello to instant search! Searching across files in Brackets has never been this fast. We have worked ground up to improve the performance of find in files inside Brackets. The end result was so good that we now update the search results as you type. This is a great improvement on top of the existing find in files.

Easier Preferences Editing

Editing preferences is now much easier in Brackets. All the preferences names appear as code hints, while editing the user preferences file. Thanks to the major effort by Amin Ullah Khan, who is the author of this feature. Also, Debug->Open Preferences File.. will now open up split view and bring up user preferences file brackets.json in one pane and all the default preferences in other pane.

Enable/Disable extensions individually

You now have the option to enable/disable individual extensions from Extension Manager. Thanks to Arzhan “kai” Kinzhalin for his contributions on this.

Greek and Cyrillic Character support

We have updated our editor’s font (Source Code Pro), which brings in improved support for Greek and Cyrillic character sets.

Improved Text Rendering on Mac

We have enabled sub-pixel anti-aliasing on Mac by default, that renders the text crisper. This can be overridden by setting the fonts.fontSmoothing preference to antialiased, which brings back the old gray scale anti-aliasing.

Community Contributions

As always, a huge thanks to our contributors for this release:

Special thanks to Amin Ullah Khan for Preferences Code Hints and Arzhan “kai” Kinzhalin for Enable/Disable individual extensions, which are great additions to Brackets.

Thanks to you for choosing Brackets. We now have over 270,000 monthly active users!

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Update on 1.4 and a Brackets Roadmap

The team has been hard at work on the 1.4 release and because it’s taking a little bit longer I wanted to provide a quick update on that release as well as share some of the current thinking from the Adobe engineers about where we’ll be focusing our efforts over the next few releases.

One of things we want to do as a team is plan our work around a specific theme for each release. That helps overall productivity for the team because they’re diving into a specific area of Brackets but we’re also hoping that it makes it easier for the community to contribute by being open about what kinds of pull requests we’re likely to prioritize.

This doesn’t mean that the only things that go into each Brackets release will be part of the theme. The other, non-Adobe committers all have their own priorities and things they want to get in so we’ll still have nice, varied releases.

But on the Adobe side I wanted to share our current thinking. And all of this is subject to change based on continued feedback from all of you as well as the other committers.

We’re also exploring using Waffle a lot more (versus Trello) because so far the team likes how it integrates with Github. So you may see fewer updates to Trello and more information in Waffle as we get our process down.

Release 1.4 – Performance!

It’s been a while since we did a performance scrub and we thought this was an ideal time to do it. We’re starting off by trying to measure where we are compared to other editors, then we’re going to see what we can fix, and finally we’re going to make those performance improvements. My hope is that every 6-9 months we could do another round of performance testing and optimization to keep Brackets running fast. We’ve been looking into a few areas:

We felt best about what improvements we could make to Switching between files and Find in Files so we’re taking those for 1.4 and following up on the other items. We’re hoping to release 1.4 in the next couple of weeks.

Release 1.5 – Modern Workflows

For release 1.5 we want to make sure that the innovative Brackets features, like Live Preview, and Quick Edit work with modern web technologies like preprocessors and templating engines. We want to make things like Quick Edit work with preprocessor mixins, and also make Quick Hover work with colors and images you’ve defined as variables.

Release 1.6 and 1.7 – Innovation

This one is a little bit more broad, but for the 1.6 and 1.7 releases we want to spend a lot of time thinking about what innovative features we can bring to Brackets. Things like Quick Edit and Live Preview that will help web designers and developers code faster. Some of the initial things we’ve brainstormed are CSS optimization tools, Grunt integration, and in-browser design tools. As we get closer to the 1.6 release we’d love feedback and crazy ideas about what Brackets could do to help you.

Release 1.8 – Core Editor Features

Our 1.0 release marked the point where we felt like Brackets was really ready for prime time. But there are still some core editor improvements that we’d like to make. Some of the things that might fall into this bucket would be theming the entire UI, allowing multiple Brackets windows, non-UTF files and split view for more than 2 documents. This could also end up being a release where we do some work to improve the UI of the extension manager in Brackets.

I hope this provides a bit of context to what we’re planning and why. But as I said, we’d love to continue to get feedback about whether these themes/features are the right fit and what else might be missing for you in Brackets.

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