CS5 vs. Coda/Pixelmator

Posted by on May 2, 2010 in Web Design | No Comments

CS5 is out and it has fully adopted Cocoa, which means it should perform faster than CS3 or CS4 on a Mac, but there are non-Adobe options for image editing and web development that been running well on Macs for years.  I have tried Pixelmator and Coda and I am impressed with both.  Although Pixelmator lacks some important Photoshop features, it’s a much faster and leaner image editing application.  Coda vs. Dreamweaver is a completely different situation.  Coda is leaner and easier to use than Dreamweaver and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back. I’m particularly impressed because Coda incorporates Webkit into it’s preview mode, a property inspector that resembles Firebug and also provides built-in language documentation. And for $99 (Coda) and $59 (Pixelmator) they’re worth considering.

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