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Brackets 1.2 Now Available

Brackets 1.2 is out and has a bunch of really fantastic features that users have been asking for for a while. Between a longer than usual winter break for Adobe and ramping up new team members, and fixing some last minute Linux issues, this release took a bit longer than expected, but we hope you enjoy it!

New Features

A couple of things you’ll immediately see are that we now offer CSS color name code hints thanks to Marcel Gerber so when you type the color property in CSS you’ll see a list of W3C color names with a swatch. Marcel also added syntax highlighting for the Dart language so when you open a Dart file you should see things highlighted correctly. This release also makes working with SVG files easier thanks to the SVG code hints that were added by Amin Ullah Khan. Just open up an SVG file, start typing, and you’ll see code hints for tags and properties. A couple of other things from the team include scrollbar tick marks that sill show the location of find/replace matches and make it easy to jump to them. We added common named keys like PageUp, PageDown, Home, etc, to the key binding list so that you can use those names in your custom key bindings or extensions. Finally, Brackets now looks great on Windows High-DPI screens. One of the things we’re most excited about is that we’ve got an initial implementation of moving selected text via drag and drop thanks again to Marcel Gerber. We have a couple of small things we want to fix before it goes on by default, but you can start using the feature now by adding the dragDropText property to your brackets.json preference file (Debug->Open Preferences File). It doesn’t exist by default so you’ll have to add this entire line to the bottom of your file (make sure to add a comma to the line above it so it stays a valid JSON file):

"dragDropText": true

The community really, really stepped up on this release and you can see all of the fixes, features, and translations that were contributed in the full release notes.

What’s Next

We’re going to get cranking on the 1.3 release right away. One of the major things we’ll be doing is finally starting to work on the Health Data report proposal. So we can share information about how people are using Brackets and where people are seeing issues that we need to address. I’ll be sharing more information about that over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again to the entire Brackets community. Happy Coding!

=Ryan
ryan@adobe.com

19 Responses


19 Comments

  1. Daniel Vespa says:

    Muchisimas gracias!

    Thanks 😉

  2. Johan says:

    Keep up the good work! 🙂 love brackets

  3. Ken says:

    I just tried the new drag and drop for selected text. On my Windows 8 computer the entire text moved, making the feature not very useful.

  4. Nadsumatal says:

    It’s so much faster now! Wow! Great! Thank you!

  5. Subhanker says:

    The new features are awesome, Waiting for Php support ..

  6. Renzo says:

    to install the new version of brackets, you must uninstall the previous version ???. no way to update the already installed version?

  7. Subhadeep niogi says:

    Create a Facebook / twitter page for bracket community please. I really in love with it !!!! Absolutely Gr8 tool.

  8. FROSTY!? says:

    Thanx, Brackets is awesome)
    I have a question, when i install new version, all my settings, extensions and other data will be saved? If not, how may i save my data and transfer to new version?

  9. Willian says:

    Every time i press CTRL+E the brackets glitched, the screen dont update more and I can’t click in nothing, then i closed the program and open again.
    Detail, this bug just ocorred if the element dosen’t in the css archive

  10. Remy says:

    Hi all !

    On 1.2 release, there is a problem with the indentation.
    Am i alone in this case ?

    ** Sorry for my english, i’m french **

    Thanks !

  11. Cody says:

    I tried the drag and drop feature, and rather than dragging only the selected text, it seemed to drag the entire text editor area as if it were an image.

  12. troukble says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I like Brackets but I wish give a suggestion for Brackets’ design the “Top Menu” and “Right Menu” take up too much area.

    1. If you wish both menus you can press “ALT” button in your keyboard.
    2. Or also you can put options “Show/Hide Top Menu” and “Show/Hide Right Menu”

    Brackets is very good and as light as a feather, however, I need more free area.

    Regards and congratulations.

  13. DDR says:

    that’s wonderful!
    who cares about non-UTF8 support, RAM abuse, customizable keyboard shortcuts or extensions conflicts, now we have text d&d! and color palettes!!
    I’m positive I can make my uncle’s website even more glamourous thanks to those innovative features!
    thank you very much guys!!

  14. yo says:

    how to upgrade from previous version in linux fedora?

  15. John long says:

    Just want to say I am new to using Brackets … just downloaded it yesterday … and finding it extremely good.
    I am also new to making web pages being learning how on KHANACADEMY the last few weeks and found a link to Brackets there.
    Have seen there is a place to offer suggestions on what you would like to see added or improved on Brackets but having trouble locating it … tried Trello and signed up but cant figure out how to connect to the Brackets community lol … im just used to forums.
    any way thought i might post here and maybe the suggestions would be passed on.
    would love to see a number increment option eg for height and widths of div /text things like that eg instead of manually changing the number by backspacing and reentering … instead use the up and down arrows to increase or decrease (same as used in the inspect element)
    another thing i like to see is whre you write some text and later you decide you want to put a span or a strong around a section rather than having to type in and closing one appears beside it and you have to delete this and go to the other side of the text you want to surround and the do the closing tag … maybe you could highlight the text and if a < is pressed it waits for what you type in eg span or strong etc and automattically puts the tags around the highlighted text …… and if a < is not typed in on the highlighted text it persumes you just want to do a normal replace text which it dose at the moment.
    anyway hope you dont mind me posting here … will keep trying to figure out how to connect to the Brackets community on Trello.

  16. srallen4 says:

    Cannot run on Windows 7 64-Bit. When I launch the program, it crashes. Uninstalled and re-installed several time, no luck.

  17. rk says:

    Brackets is awesome.
    Need a option to move the sidebar to the left and right, so it will be more comfortable.

  18. Marek says:

    **As mentioned earlier** – PLEASE UPDATE NODE.JS!

    The bundled version have several well known vulnerabilites!

    For details see the changelog for Node.js:
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/joyent/node/v0.12.2/ChangeLog

    (the included version in brackets 1.2 is node.js version 0.10.24 released 2013.12.18)

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