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Coda 2 and Diet Coda

Cabel Sasser:

Coda 2 represents a incredible overhaul of every facet of our venerable all-in-one web code editor. It’s a release packed with tons of improvements that will make you more efficient and faster at your job. And on top of that, it’s got brand new features that will make it an even more indispensable part of your process.

Looks very impressive. They also have an interesting pricing structure: $10 for the iPad app and $100 for the Mac app. The Mac app is discounted to $49 the first day, then $75 for an unspecified upgrade-pricing-for-everyone window. If you purchased Coda 1 (not from the Mac App Store) after April 10, you get a free update (at your leisure). It’s hinted that the price of the iPad app will go up, and it doesn’t scale down to work on iPhones. This is all pre-announced three days before anything goes on sale. I’m not sure whether this is a marketing tactic or a new attempt at Wil Shipley’s Gordian Knot of how (post–Mac App Store) to offer existing customers upgrading pricing without losing too many full-price sales to new customers.

Update (2012-05-24): Panic:

At the moment, there is only one difference between the two versions: the Mac App Store version will support iCloud syncing of Sites and Clips, and the direct version will not. This is a restriction imposed by Apple.

Apple often changes the conditions for Mac App Store eligibility, and it's possible we may have to modify or remove features from the Mac App Store version in the future. It's our intent to keep them as close to identical as Apple will let us.

Federico Viticci:

Take the custom text selection method Panic built. It’s not entirely custom — it’s still fundamentally based on “drag handles” and a “zoomed-in view” of the cursor — but Panic reworked it to allow for faster selection by swiping on the left (where numbered lines are) and to visualize a larger, rounded “zoom selector” (they call it the Super Loupe) when you’re moving the cursor between characters. It feels much better than standard iOS text selection — faster, and somewhat more accurate — albeit it really needs to be experienced “in motion”, rather than through the screenshot I have embedded below.

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