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2010: Year In Review

As a private company, we don’t get to experience the joy of posting quarterly results. Which is great. On the other hand, we don’t really take the time to look back. So, let’s change that: here’s our yearly results, a little look at what some of what we accomplished in 2010.

  • At the very end of 2009, manufactured some super-fun Panic Retro Boxes + Posters. Print, not dead yet!
  • Wrapped and shipped Unison 2, a major update to the best usenet client on the Mac, period, with a total UI overhaul, fantastic new features, and our own PAR code written from scratch. (Good thing Dave’s a math major.) We also overhauled Unison Access, our usenet service, making it cheaper, faster, and offering a free demo. Finally, we shipped 9 free updates, making the app even better.
  • Put together the handy-cum-dandy ShrinkIt, a little tool for reducing the size of PDF icons in your app.
  • Created our Panic Status Board, an epic, much-loved, airport-inspired dashboard display of wha happen.
  • Somehow sponsored a 4th-and-5th-grade basketball team in Harlem called PS 208 Locke’s Lions. (Later, we made shirts which helped further support the team.)
  • After a very long, intense development period, shipped Transmit 4, a huge overhaul of the world’s best file transfer client. We improved every part of it, from the engine to the air freshener. We also added Transmit Disk, which at a normal company would probably have been sold separately. We also built, tested, and shipped 10 updates, some minor, some truly major, all free. To celebrate, we also introduced the comfiest shirts we’ve ever made.
  • In a mere four days built Coda Notes, a launch-day Safari extension which lets you annotate web pages. Cabel got to demo it on stage! (Unfortunately, he’d kill me if I linked to that.)
  • Cranked out Developer Color Picker 1.5. It’s an add-on for the system color picker – it lets you go from onscreen color to code-ready string in a click. People who need it sure do love it.
  • Tested and approved 5 solid updates to Coda, including the HTML5-tastic Coda 1.7.
  • Raced against the clock to make sure the Panic Big Three were available on the Mac App Store on day one. We did it! (Phew!)
  • Added three awesome new people to our team – Garrett, James, and Greg.
  • And Steve had a baby.

We also heard from you — tons of you. We read and handled over 52,000 support emails (!). We responded to exactly 16,710 tweets. And although this might sound crazy, we loved it.

Your support, your purchases, your endless ideas, your goodwill, and the fact that you tell your friends and colleagues about our apps — we very literally would not be here if it weren’t for you. It was the best year ever for us, and we hope it was for you also.

That said, we can’t wait for 2011…

Posted at 4:32 pm 23 Comments

A handful of those tweets responded to were mine and that’s just one of the things I love about you guys. Thanks for great stuff and I look forward to anoer great year (a year full of Coda 2, specifically).



Matt @ DVQ

1/18/2011 4:55 PM

Great stuff. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in 2011 :)


1/18/2011 4:57 PM

Keep rockin’, guys.

Dustin Senos

1/18/2011 5:05 PM

Thanks for making Panic 2010 another awesome year for an indie developer to be inspired by.

You rock.


Ros Hodgekiss

1/18/2011 5:10 PM

Congratulations for another big year, folks! Great to see your apps simply getting better and better.

You’re too right about the Transmit shirts being the comfiest ever made – I’d live in mine 24/7, but well… You know.

Q: How many days can you wear the same t-shirt, before people start avoiding you?

I dont think I could do what i do so well without your software. Thanks for a great 2010 and i look forward to a great 2011 (cough…cough…coda 2.0…cough). I think i bought pretty much every one of your tshirts and can confirm they are comfortable.

Jaddie Dodd

1/18/2011 5:57 PM

Panic’s software is art. It’s userware. No one, not even Apple, builds more beautiful software. I don’t think I’d be as nervous and humble if I created the unparalleled and useful beauty that Panic software embodies.

A.J. Petix

1/18/2011 6:45 PM

I love Coda. It’s the best web development software I’ve ever used. It’s a very easy and calm balance between the basicity of TextEdit and the complexity of Dreamweaver. It does just what I want it to do.

Panic, you guys rock. Here’s to 2011.

Gordon Mei

1/18/2011 6:47 PM

Thanks for responding to tweets so readily! It means a lot to know that you guys are listening! Also loved the Google Moderator page for gathering suggestions.

Don’t forget the ripoff express. Those are some of the best pieces I’ve seen all year.

May 2011 bring all of us great success. And Coda 2.

Thanks for all your hard work guys. I look forward to whatever surprises you have in store for us this year.

Marco Hyyryläinen

1/19/2011 12:38 AM

Awesome work so far! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2011 :D

When I switched from PC to Mac as a web developer I was mostly concerned to find a good IDE without all the bloat and overload. After discovering Coda I was so excited and all over my new Mac with its great Panic software I just purchased. That was more than three years ago and I have been a loyal customer ever since. Building beautiful and useable software just pays off. Thanks so much for making the Mac experience such a great one. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for Coda 2.0 :-)

Siete fantastici!

Ooooh Mochi!
Veramente fantastici ;)

Justin Reese

1/20/2011 7:41 AM

None of which would have happened if Apple had bought Audion instead of SoundJam. (Okay, maybe Steve’s baby.) Congrats guys. It’s been a thrill to watch.

One thing I would love for Coda is to have tabs on the file manager. I work in frameworks mainly CodeIgniter and constantly have to flick about sub directories from the “application” folder for code to the “public_folder” for the css. Although the tree is good for this on large sites there is a lot of scrolling. It would be good to add folders to tabs that you could flip through like you can in the main pane.

Keep up the good work :D


1/24/2011 12:41 AM

Yeah absolutely, Coda makes my daily work as a webdesigner a much more pleasant experience than it would be, had it been without Coda.

Nothing is so good it can’t be improved though. Here’s hoping for a monster rockin’ Coda 2.0 released in 2011;-)

@Andy I know exactly what you mean about working inside multiple directories. They need a bookmark feature for the filesystem, or workspaces, or tabs or something. I’ve taken to creating multiple “sites” on occasion, for projects that have me working in two or three main locations. It works ok, but it’s NOT ideal at all.

On a more positive note: I love Coda, and I can’t wait to see where Panic takes it this year. Hopefully you guys do well in the app store, and you are able to justify spending more time on it in 2011.


Another huge coda fan here. I agree with the other suggestions to be able to have more than one directory tree open using tabs I’m a wordpress developers and switching from the plugins folder to my current theme happens a lot.
Another idea, be able to set a file to never upload, for example I never want my local db config file to upload to the server.

Third thing: when I’m coding something complex in buddypress I use the awesome coda multi file search to track down functions, but then I end up havin 20 plus files open and can no longer read the names on the tabs Maybe fix this with formatting the names better, or allow two bows of open file tabs.

Also it would be INCREDIBLY helpful if the local file search had a different shortcut key than the multi file search. Every day about 5 tmrw I’m trying to do a quick search n my open file and end up searching the whole site. Yikes. Right now the keyboard shortened are different but they !toggle! Each other rather than force one mode or the other.

I’m on a role here… It would be great if there were a quick way to edit existing function name auto completes and be able to bulk add new functions. Then people could maintain libraries for things like wordpress, drupal, joomla, code ignighter, jquery and it’s plugins, ,etc.

One more: it would be great if you could edit easily the order of the CSS auto complete – I rarely want ‘navy’, when i’m looking for ‘none’, and I always want width, but get something like window first instead. Other than that coda clips is awesome.

Thanks for the great product. Looking forward to coda 2.0 – need a beta tester? :)

bridging the time to coda 2.0 with a different editor (an IDE to be preicse).
one of the really cool features I’d love to see in coda 2.0 ist the “jump to resource” shortcut it has.

if your caret is on a function name and your press the shortcut, it opens the file in a new tab and jumps to the declaration. if your caret hovers on a css or js ref, the same thing. also, autcompletetion for predefined functions, classes, ids.. you name it … is quite a timesaver.

This said, I’m sure coda 2.0 will rock – with or without the above features