Adobe Brackets 1.0 has been formally released for all those who wanted to use it for front end coding, leaving some people astonished as they were already using its beta version for past 1 year or more.

One of the most popular beta test versions of a piece of software in the history of the Web, Adobe Brackets 1.0 is a free, open source application substantially supported by Adobe. The latest release is the first full version and is packed with some great new features.

Built in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Brackets is the only text editor that actively focuses on those same languages. There are countless editors on the market, but with support for PHP, C++, Python, and dozens of other technologies they can’t target the same workflow as Brackets. Brackets focuses on the front-end only, freeing it to deliver a amazing features like inline editing; where CSS code associated with an HTML element can be edited just by hovering over it.

If for some reason you haven’t already tried Brackets, download it and try out the Live Preview feature. If you’re a fan of Less, or Sass, you’ll also love the preprocessor support.

The value of Brackets is that it’s a joy to use. And because it’s a joy to use it has a committed community that not only contributes to its source code, but released some incredible extensions that are free to install.

The one downside is that the option to open and edit a file live on a server isn’t available — some extensions offer ftp support, but not live editing — so if that’s part of your workflow, you’ll have to hang on to your current editor.

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