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Nova Sale

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

Your time is valuable. We’ll keep this brief.

For the next two weeks, Nova — our powerful Mac code editor, the successor to Coda, the future of native editing — is now on sale for 50% off, just $49, and you even get a full year of updates for free.

Get Nova For Just $99 $49

But hurry, the sale ends on April 1st, 2022.

Not only is Nova 50% off, but Nova 9 adds support for debugging! You can now debug code in PHP, Python, Chrome, Node.js, and of course, our own Playdate Simulator. We’ve also expanded our extension API so users can implement their own debugging support for other environments. There’s a new Debug sidebar, a Debugging pane in the Console, breakpoints, and more.

If you downloaded Nova before and already gave it a shot, don’t worry — we’ve reset the trial period, so everyone can try Nova 9. And remember, Nova is a free download.

That’s it! We hope you’re enjoying Nova and we hope you consider picking it up while it’s on sale! In the meantime, please enjoy this powerful sales video produced by our marketing department.

Facing Forward

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

With 2020 now squarely behind us, it’s safe to say that the year didn’t go as anyone planned, but at Panic we somehow managed to release Nova as wildfires were approaching our homes, announce Nour: Play With Your Food for PS5, and update our apps for Big Sur, Apple M1, and iOS 14.

We have even more exciting projects in the works for this year, but to start, we’d like to present you with one very small gift.

Once upon a time, we made one of the earliest MP3 players for the Mac, Audion. We’ve come to appreciate that Audion captured a special moment in time, and we’ve been trying to preserve its history. Back in March, we revealed that we were working on converting Audion faces to a more modern format so they could be preserved.

Since then, we’ve succeeded in converting 867 faces, and are currently working on a further 15 faces, representing every Audion face we know of.

Today, we’d like to give you the chance to experience these faces yourself on any Mac running 10.12 or later. We’re releasing a stripped-down version of Audion for modern macOS to view these faces.


Now, this isn’t a full-fledged return of Audion. It can play music files and streams, but it doesn’t have playlists, and we’re not offering support for it. Its primary purpose is to view faces in the converted format. In addition, we’re releasing the source code to document how these faces work and an archive of converted faces.

Some Faces

Inside the face archive, you’ll find hundreds of great Audion faces. Some are more traditional music player interfaces; many mimicked the then-brand-new OS X, replete with pinstripes and brushed metal; and others were boldly glossy and skeuomorphic, a trend which, for a short time, seemed like it might be the future of GUI design. The TokyoBay face by Paul Johnson exemplifies this last aesthetic. Like many faces, it displayed track info on a glossy LCD with scanlines.

Of course, not all faces fell into these categories. The Face PP by Rudluph looks like it would fit right in at the Y2K Aesthetic Institute:

As with any themeable software, Audion got its fair share of holiday-themed faces. Bescherung, by Andy Pratioto, cleverly replaced the time display with animating Christmas lights, causing the lights to animate as the track plays:

In fact, many Audion faces really came alive when animating. Audion supported streaming music from the Internet, but it could take a long time to connect and buffer audio streams, during which time the UI would be static. To assure users that Audion had not frozen, it would play animations while connecting and streaming. Lots of face artists created delightful streaming animations, but I was surprised to find that Slap Happy by Chris Fayette contained a ten-second clip from Charlie Chaplin’s The Cure:

But it didn’t take animation to make a great skin. StickyAudion by Dr. Joseph A. Gardner disguised itself as a classic Mac OS sticky note, with the controls hidden in the text of the note:

This kind of interface is fun, but if you’re seeing it for the first time, it can take a minute to figure how how it works. Interface design over the last couple decades has focused on making GUIs as intuitive and easy to use as possible, and that’s one major reason why themeable software fell out of style. Some Audion faces took this to an extreme, hiding buttons in the design so you would have to click around the face to find where they were. But themeable software also allowed for unconventional GUI designs that remained usable while allowing artists to explore new directions for UI design. Contragravity by Margaret Trauth has always stood out to me as a fun face that is easy to use:

It’s also one of the very few faces that still has a working URL in its info field. Most of the faces contain links to expired domains or abandoned email addresses. Given that they were created around twenty years ago, this shouldn’t be surprising. Face artists put a lot of time and effort into their faces, and while it may be sad to think that all their work has largely vanished from the Internet, people change, discovering new interests and reinventing their Internet identities in the process.

Panic has also changed a lot over the same time period. We still develop some of the best Mac shareware around, but we’re also working on exciting things like Playdate, our handheld game system. This is only possible because, as a company, we’re always facing forward, looking for the next challenge. But Audion remains an important part of our past, and that’s why we’re so excited to bring these faces to life again.


But that’s not the end of the Audion preservation story!

After our March blog post, we got in touch with a few face authors who had some fun tidbits to share.

In 2001, Joel Day developed a third-party Mac app to create and edit Audion faces named FaceEdit. This app only runs on Classic Mac OS, but Joel has generously made a registered copy available for free — and notes that anyone who wants to pay for a registration code can send him a few dollars on GitHub sponsors. Make some faces!

In addition, an amazing long-lost piece of history: Paul Johnson, Author of the TokyoBay face featured earlier, did some work for Panic conceptualizing the default face for the cancelled Audion 4 and sent me this never-seen-before mock-up of it:


Well, we hope you enjoyed this final look at Audion and its many faces on our blog. When we finish converting the remaining faces, we’ll post an update on our Twitter.

And here’s to 2021, which we can only hope will be bright and meaningful for all of you. Forward!

Hello, Transmit 5

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017


It’s here.

Seven years after the first release of Transmit 4, our well-loved and widely-used macOS file transfer app, we sat down with an incredibly exhaustive list of ideas, and — this’ll sound like I’m exaggerating but I’m mostly sure I’m not — we did it all.

With one massive update we’ve brought everyone’s favorite file-transferring truck into the future with more speed, more servers, more features, more fixes, a better UI, and even Panic Sync. Everything from the core file transfer engine to the “Get Info” experience was rethought, overhauled, and improved.

It definitely wasn’t an easy task. It definitely took a while, especially with other apps to tend to as well. But this is what we do — we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Transmit, and Transmit users deserve the best.

Eager to learn more? Head over to our Transmit 5 internet web-site to get started! (We’ll also be updating the Transmit 5 Library with information over time!)

After so many massive improvements, we think Transmit 5 will meet your file transfer needs and then some. But there’s always more to do, and we’ll be listening closely to your ideas and improving Transmit 5 often. (In fact, work on 5.0.1 is already underway!) Let us know how Transmit can help you do your job. This truck is your truck.

Of course, my deepest thanks and appreciation to all of the amazing people at Panic who made Transmit 5 happen. Starting with Wade and Will, of course, who have lived and breathed this app for a long time, but almost everybody at Panic was involved: Aaron, Heather, Ashur, Logan, Tim, Jesus, Steve, Patrick, Helen, Thomas, Greg, James, Neven, June, Noby and Kenichi all do critical work that made this app as good as it is. (Dan and Dave and Shaun were off working on something else but they still deserve thanks too!)

It’s pretty amazing that we’ve been working on the same app for 20 years, and it’s pretty amazing that it’s still exciting to release an update for it. Thank you so much for buying Transmit, supporting Panic, and allowing us to bring even more software into this world.

Enjoy it!

Get Transmit 5!!

Where to Download

Head over to the Transmit 5 web site and hit that big “Try it” button. Our trial version is also the full version; just purchase to unlock the full app.

Where to Buy

Just head over to the same Transmit 5 web site and hit “Buy it”. Your serial number will be delivered immediately and unlock all the features of Transmit 5.

(If you have Apple Pay, we highly recommend the “Buy With Apple Pay button” — it’s like magic!)

One thing you should know: Transmit 5 is on sale for $35 for one week only. If you want the cheapest price for Transmit 5 you should grab it now before it goes up to its new regular price of $45. (Yes, we’re finally accounting for inflation.)


Q: How much is it?
A: For a limited time — one week — only $35. After that, $45.

Q: Is there an upgrade discount?
A: No, it’s one price for all customers. (Fun fact: it’s been seven years since we last charged for an update to Transmit!)

Q: Is it in the Mac App Store?
A: No, just from us. This allows us to distribute a demo which we think is extremely helpful for people considering Transmit. (We’ll constantly re-evaluate the Mac App Store, though, and hope to return.)

Q: How many computers can I use it on?
A: Up to five computers, as long as you are the only user. For multi-user licenses, contact us!

Q: What if I just bought Transmit 4?
A: We’ve got you covered! If you bought from us after June 1st (or maybe even a little earlier), grab your Transmit 4 serial number and go here. If you bought from the Mac App Store in that timeframe, please send us an e-mail and we’ll help you out.

Q: How can I sync my favorite servers to Transmit on another Mac?
A: Using Panic Sync! Just make an account in Preferences and you’re off and running. It’s free, secure, fast, simple, lets us sync your data with other Panic apps, and makes it easy for us to troubleshoot. You can read more about it here.

Q: How can I have transfer status always shown?
A: The new Activity View in Transmit 5 is designed to focus on what Transmit is doing at the moment. But if you want something you can always look at while you work, choose View > Show Activity Bar to show Transmit 4-like status bar at the bottom of the window.

Q: Anything new in Transmit Disk?
A: Actually, not much — Transmit 5 essentially ships with Transmit Disk 4 with a few updates. We’re currently figuring out what to do, given the inevitability that Apple will remove support for kernel extensions, which Transmit Disk relies on. But we have some ideas — we’ll keep you posted!

Q: Will it be seven years before the next major Transmit update?
A: I sure hope not!