Why Use Brackets?
Brackets Text Editor is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. Blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it. With new features and extensions released every 3-4 weeks, it’s like getting presents all year long.
Hassle-free installer and attractive GUI
Setting up the program takes little time and effort. The main window is split into two main areas, namely the code editor and sidebar with working files to easily switch through.
Syntax highlighting and autocomplete
Syntax highlighting is supported for the aforementioned languages, along with intelligent code completion to speed up the coder’s job by reducing mistakes. Plus, the app can be asked to automatically close all braces. The lines are numbered, and the status bar shows the cursor’s current line and column.
Standard editing tools
It is possible to use a search-and-replace function with filters, indent, unindent or duplicate lines, as well as to toggle line and block comments. As far as viewing options are concerned, the font size may be increased, decreased and restored to its original value. Brackets are also able to highlight the active line, and it lets users quickly jump to code definitions.
Get Code Hints from a PSD
The Extract for Brackets (Preview) extension lets you pull out design information from a PSD including colors, fonts, gradients, and measurement information as clean, minimal CSS via contextual code hints. You can also extract layers as images, use information from the PSD to define preprocessor variables, and easily get dimensions between objects. All in the context of your code.
Several debugging tools are included in the package. Users may reload Brackets with extensions, open new instances, change the UI language, run tests, view performance data, enable a node debugger and log its state to the console, and so on. Projects can be saved as web or text files.
Instead of jumping between file tabs, Brackets Text Editor lets you open a window into the code you care about most. Want to work on the CSS that applies to a specific ID? Put your mouse cursor on that ID, push Command / Ctrl+E and Brackets will show you all the CSS selectors with that ID in an inline window so you can work on your code side-by-side without any popups.
Get a real-time connection to your browser. Make changes to CSS and HTML and you’ll instantly see those changes on screen. Also, see where your CSS selector is being applied in the browser by simply putting your cursor on it. It’s the power of a code editor with the convenience of in-browser dev tools.
Brackets code editor for preprocessors out there. With Brackets you can use Quick Edit and Live Highlight with your LESS and SCSS files which will make working with them easier than ever.
Brackets Technical Specification
|Title:||Brackets 1.14 for Windows|
|File size||80.27 MB|
|Requirements||Windows 10, Windows 7 64-Bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2008 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows 9x, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 2012, Windows 2008, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit
|Language||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
|Date added||Monday, April 15th 2019|
|Author||Adobe Systems Inc|
Pros and Cons
Built-in browser live-updating: Brackets will automatically refresh the browser and load the latest saved version of a file open in the browser. This works with php as well. Editing a css will even highlight the tag that’s currently being worked on. However, it only works with Chrome.
Still missing some elementary text editor commands:
Some gaps have to be filled by plugins, while these features should be built in.
Built-in extension manager: The functionality of Brackets can be extended via a simple-to-use extension manager. The extension manager also has a considerable number of extensions and themes.
Problematic updater: Though the website says there is an update available, the updater in Brackets may give you an error, resulting in you having to download updates manually.
Supports only web languages by default <but>: Brackets is built for web development and that’s where it excels at out of the box. Other languages that have a CodeMirror mode can be added as well.
<and language support plugins can be added>
Actively developed: Brackets is being actively maintained and developed.
Can style a tag without switching over to the stylesheet: A feature called “Quick Edit” allows the user to select a tag in (a html file, for example) and edit the associated style without switching over to the css document. It also supports SASS and LESS pre-processors.
Lightweight: Brackets are easy on memory usage and it starts up quickly.
Multi-line (multi-query) editing: You can have your cursor independently on multiple lines and so creating templates and/or editing multiple things at once is really fast and easy.
The app does not put a strain on PC performance, as it runs on low CPU and RAM. Unfortunately, a few features were inaccessible during our evaluation. For instance, the tool failed in its attempt to load the Live Development page.
Brackets is a very easy-to-use code editor that reserves advanced settings for experienced programmers, backed by a comfortable and neatly organized interface.