Brackets 1.1 and Extract for Brackets 0.6 Now Available

Article by: Ryan Stewart

Brackets 1.1 and Extract for Brackets 0.6 Now Available

On the heels of the 1.0 release we’re very excited to announce the availability of Brackets 1.1 and an update to the Extract for Brackets extension today. The Brackets team is thrilled with the response we had to the 1.0 launch. Brackets 1.0 was downloaded almost 400,000 times in the past 5 weeks. That’s a humbling number and we are looking forward to keeping up the momentum.

Stability, Performance and Other Fixes

The 1.1 release is primarily a release about stability and making sure we continue to have a good foundation. We updated the version of the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) we’re using so that we are now working with a more updated version of Chrome. That means we’ve addressed some bug fixes and users on Windows will now have high DPI support. We also did some work to improve the typing performance with code hints.

As of this version of Brackets you can now define file-type specific preferences by using the language group in your brackets.json file. You can find out more here. You can now also selectively enable specific linters per project by using the .brackets.json file in the root of your file.

Cross-Browser Live Preview

One of the biggest features in this new version of Brackets is experimental support for the next iteration Live Preview which lets you use Live Preview with browsers other than Chrome. This feature was one that the Intel Brackets committers including Sebastian Salvucci and Arzhan Kinzhalin worked hard on and helped us land for this release. Our hope is to make this the default implementation of Live Preview.

To try out the cross-browser Live Preview, you need to enable a preference in your brackets.json file:

  1. Debug->Open Preferences File
  2. Add "livedev.multibrowser": true inside of the curly braces on a new line (make sure to add a comma above it if you add it to the end)
  3. Hit the Live Preview button and Live Preview will open up in your default browser
  4. Copy/Paste the URL from that browser to any other browser
  5. Any Live Preview changes will update across all of the browsers open with that page

Definitely try it out and give us feedback on the new implementation and file any issues you run into.

Extract for Brackets (Preview)

In addition to Brackets 1.1, we’re releasing an update to the Extract for Brackets extension that includes a new getting started experience and a feature that lets you collaborate with a designer who is using the Creative Cloud. You’ll now be able to open a publicly shared Creative Cloud link right from Brackets.

We’ve revamped the initial experience when you launch Extract for Brackets to walk you through how the product works. If you’ve already tried Extract for Brackets but were a bit confused about how to get started you can click the question mark button in the toolbar. You’ll see new tool tips that will take you through how to use Extract for Brackets.

Getting Started with Extract for Brackets (Preview)

Collaborating with Designers

This version of Extract for Brackets also has a feature that makes it easier to collaborate with designers who are already using the Creative Cloud to store their PSDs. If you’re working with a designer they can send you a publicly shared link to a PSD in the Creative Cloud and all you have to do is paste that URL into Brackets and you’ll be able to extract from that PSD.

You can give it a try by copying and pasting this URL: into the updated version of Extract for Brackets.

Open from a public URL

The entire team is excited about both of these releases and building off of the great 1.0 release. A huge thank you to all of our committers and everyone who has filed issues, submitted pull request, and keeps using Brackets. You can see a full list of Brackets changes including community contributions here.

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