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Panic State of the Union ’11

So, what’s going on at Panic lately? Allow me to explain!

Let’s start with Coda 1. We’ve recently done a series of Lion updates, ending with Coda 1.7.4, which significantly improved the stability of our all-in-one web editor. That said, there’s still one annoying bug on our list that can prevent Preview from fully refreshing linked files such as CSS stylesheet changes. We think we’ve got this one licked, so look for a Coda 1.7.5 release in the coming weeks to fix it. One more important note about Coda 1 — at some point, our automatic update notifications broke! Ugh. The worst. We’ll fix it in 1.7.5, but you might be running an older version and suffering dumb bugs. Please, if you use Coda, choose “Check for Updates…” from the Coda menu and make sure you’re up-to-date.

We’ve been spending Transmit’s year gathering feature requests, planning for the future, and issuing important bug fixes to our world-class file transfer client — including two recent releases to improve Lion compatibility. Now at a nice place with version 4.1.7, we’ll continue to monitor bugs, and hope to spend some quality time with Transmit soon.

Prompt, our nice SSH client for iOS, just had an update to seriously improve the handling of private keys. We’re also finishing up a bug fix release right now — expect it in the next few weeks. We love this app, and we love hearing how it’s saved your bacon, letting you reboot your server while fire-eating at Burning Man, etc. While we’re insistent on not kitchen-sinking it, if you have feature suggestions, let us know. (SSH tunneling is the #1 request by my count.)

We’ve just found an issue with CandyBar where it doesn’t properly import icons that have 1024 ⨉ 1024 representations (the 256 and 512 go missing), so you can expect a 3.3.3 release in the near future. As a side note, people sometimes ask if we can add Lion’s new sidebar icons to CandyBar, and we can, but there’s a sad catch — the system automatically applies monochromatic shading to those icons. We get the feeling people want to bring back color, not have a blob of gray, but that’s not currently possible.

(As for the rest: Unison is in a solid place and we’ll continue to monitor and fix bugs. We’re still working out our plans for the weird little guys: Stattoo actually has a nice update ready to go (!), and Desktastic has a years-old and pretty cool complete rewrite in the can (!!) save for some testing, but internally we’re struggling with overall strategy — it’s hard to find time to support and maintain these tiny little apps. Lesson learned, but thanks for your patience (all four of you) while we figure this out. Also, we continue to develop internal special projects. Who knows what we’re up to!)

Finally, the only part you care about: Coda 2.

Coda 2 has now been in development for about a year and a half. All of us have been working incredibly hard on this forthcoming release. We’re finishing up new features, boosting up the editor, dramatically cleaning up the UI, and improving what Coda already does well today, all while, hopefully, keeping things extremely light and lean. By the time you see it, Coda might look a little different than you’re used to, but we think it’s for good reason. We’ll see how it shakes out, but we’re very excited.

Yes, we can at last see the light at the end of the tunnel. That means I have to make good on the promise I made in last year’s State of the Union, and tell you: we’re almost ready to start private beta testing.

That’s your cue: click here to apply for the Coda 2 private beta! The signup form is now closed. Thanks for your interest!

We only need a limited number of users, and we’re especially interested in Coda contributors — folks who wrote plugins, syntax modes, etc. If you don’t make it in, please note that we still truly appreciate your interest.

So, when will it ship? Coda 2 is an extremely complex and multi-layered app, and it will take significant time to test, debug, and improve. That means there are many, many more months ahead of us — this release is important and needs to be as close to perfect as possible. So, to those of you currently camped out on the street in front of our office: you’ll need to hang in there for a quite a while still. Thanks for your understanding while we test!

Regardless, this is a major milestone in our development, and we thought you’d be excited as well.

That’s the scoop around here. Onward!

Posted at 1:17 pm 105 Comments

Love hearing about all the things our favourite (adoptively Canadian) development team has been working on. You crazy kids make us wish we built applications rather than web code. Keep us posted. We will be waiting!

I can’t wait to hold Coda 2 in my hands… I just want to mention, that the private beta link is not working. You are great! Best wishes from Germany!

So excited! But the beta link isn’t working at the moment. You guys are AWESOME! Thanks for providing a link at the end of the tunnel. Faithful Coda user since October 2007!

Beta page works now, but when selecting the call option it won’t work for international numbers

Tim Kimberl

10/26/2011 1:33 PM

You really should let the female voice talk more. :P

The beta page is up and running now! International phone calls: make sure to start with your country code. But if it doesn’t work, don’t sweat it, it’s not critical.

Carlos Rosquillas

10/26/2011 1:33 PM

Incredibly excited about Coda2! Unfortunately the call on the beta sign up didn’t work for my number in Mexico, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled regardless.

What if the call goes straight to voicemail… :(

Anyway to get a call-back?

Oh, man, AT&T…


10/26/2011 1:38 PM

Can we apply to the beta more than once? Your robotic overlords are delightful.

Best conversation with two robots I’ve ever had.

I’m really happy for Coda 2 and I’m gonna let you finish, but Stattoo is one of the best apps of all time! OF ALL TIME!

Seriously, can I beta test Stattoo?

Best phone call of the day. Awesome, great news! Can’t wait to get an invite. Neeeddd

Feature request for Prompt? Keyboard transparency. Not necessary on an iPad, but basically required for using SSH on an iPhone.

Jim Morrison

10/26/2011 2:25 PM

Very cute phone fun guys. Great stuff.

That was a very interesting beta signup process, funny conversation with the bots!

Rasmus Willemoes

10/26/2011 2:27 PM

Haha very nice phone conversation :D

I laughed a couple of times!

win the lottery < coda2 beta-tester!! :)

Jake McGraw

10/26/2011 2:30 PM

No phone call :(

Congrats guys, hoping I can help the Coda 2 beta cycle, assuming I’m one of the lucky ones.. :)

Jough Dempsey

10/26/2011 2:32 PM

Oh man, love the bots. Funniest call I’ve had in ages. Can’t wait to (maybe) try Coda 2.

Dustin Dawes

10/26/2011 2:33 PM

I hope that my responses aren’t judged. I was at work so I had to be über quiet.

Definitely laugh-worthy, and a memorable experience though :D


Seriously, they’re pretty chill. I wonder if Julie and I would hang out on a ranch or something.

Eusebio Barriga

10/26/2011 2:34 PM

Great !!! I would love to help in the development of this application. Working 25 hours a day from CSS, HTML, Javascript …

aaran mcguire

10/26/2011 2:38 PM

WOW, that was the best beta sign up EVER!!! it must be a crazy beta if you guys are willing to pay for a phone call to be made international

George Buckingham

10/26/2011 2:41 PM

Wow – that was some greta entertainment guys – LOVED that verification call – and it worked fine over here in the UK. Look forward to heading from you!


10/26/2011 2:55 PM

Awww, the line was bad and it didn’t accept my code.

Arthur Roussel

10/26/2011 2:57 PM

Just make Coda 2 better than TextMate and I’ll tell the whole world to buy it.

Feature request: add a geeky optional workspace where almost every UI is hidden to save space and make people think you’re using vim. :)

I won’t be trying to get into the Coda 2 beta, I wish I was a heavier user and it made sense. But I love that you guys give us the state of the union address and keep us up to date. Awesome software, awesome company. Just sending my thanks!

Can’t wait for Coda 2. Any chances of a sneak peak into what’s new?

I use TextMate for my development and would love to switch to a more integrated solution but there’s just a few Text editing features I’ve got to use. I have Coda but have problems with quick access to files deep within a project.

Paul Skinner

10/26/2011 3:09 PM

Hehe, well done Yanks, you’ve managed to make some humour us Brits will find amusing too.
*Cough* about time *cough*.

Verification call worked fine for me in the UK.
(Remember to add 44 and drop off the initial 0 people in the UK!)

Call only came the second time I registered but it was awesome! Love Julie’s questions… Yes, I’d be ready to be a horse :-) seems Panic’s cash is enough to pay a call to Germany :-) take care guys. Hope I’ll be in the beta testers and yes…. Do I have time to report every friggin day new friggin bugs? I DO… I DO… I DO…

I’m excited about Coda and (yes!) Stattoo. (I’m probably the one person out of four you’re citing.) ;)

If they gave out awards for beta registration procedures I think it’s safe to say that would be worthy of an honourable mention at the very least. Just fantastic.

Wooo, Stattoo! I’m apparently user #2 out of 4 then. Can’t wait for Stattoo and Coda 2, keep it up Panic!

My phone call never arrived. I blame AT&T.

Christopher Beckwith

10/26/2011 4:18 PM

So exciting! Especially since the Envato guys just posted an article talking about the future of Coda/Transmit 2. To note, when you call the beta even in the US, include a 1, and if you use Google Voice, you will need to disable audio recording in settings if your pin happens to have a 4, and typing in the pin with Google Voice through Gmail (if you don’t have cell service) does not work. Can’t wait to try it out!

My phone call got dropped by AT&T’s crappy service too. I hope it doesn’t affect my spot for the beta because I’m really excited about getting it…

I seriously hope I can get into the beta. An that a few of te new features are amazing. Scratch that, we know they’ll be amazing. I’ve been using Coda since 1.0 and it was the first paid software I bought for development / my future career.

Awesome, guys! Do you accept bribes for the testing?

Best automated call I have ever received.

That signup was very impressive. If you pay as much attention to that process – one most companies consider a throwaway – then I’m even more excited to see Coda 2. To quote the great Philip J. Fry, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”


that’s an awesome news! I just filled in the beta subscription, but unfortunately, the call dropped here in italy. Hope to be in the beta anyway. But, the big news is that coda2 is coming!!! :D

Colin Devroe

10/27/2011 3:59 AM

Thanks so much for giving the Coda community so much information about what to expect with one of our most-used applications. Kudos Panic.

I’ve been curious about the fate/future of Desktastic and Stattoo. Perhaps it is time to let them join Audion on the Old Apps Ranch. Would it be feasible to open up the source and post the projects somewhere?


10/27/2011 7:47 AM

Damn robot’s don’t like calling +45 Denmark :P

Love you guys! Would love to see Lion full screen support in Transmit, hope it’s in the update.

In case you wondered, it’s because I like to keep each App I have open in it’s own full screen window, if I just put it on it’s own desktop it ends up sharing space with other things). It’s just an organizational thing really, but it would make my life less twitchy :)

Philippe Regenass

10/27/2011 8:03 AM

i have subscripted to beta and i received call, but enter verification code doesn’t work right now. ;(

bests from switzerland

Brad Kelley

10/27/2011 10:03 AM

Love you guys. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for Coda 2.1? ;)

Note: When I submitted this form the first time, naturally without providing my name and email, I got a security auth dialogue box (WordPress Admin area) before getting the form validation error. Running Safari 5.1.1.

Hey guys!

Thank you for Coda 1 … and I can’t wait for Coda 2. I like attitude to make it almost perfect – that’s what I (and we) want – damn good software :)

All the best from Germany!

BTW: That automated call was great … fun fun fun with sense … WOW

Looking forward to all of the new releases! Excited for Coda 2 !!! Thanks for the great software.

Great news! Looking forward to Coda 2.

About the tiny apps, Stattoo and Desktastic, if you don’t have time and they are becoming ancient, how about opensourcing them? That way community can take over and build new amazing things.

Stephen Cox

10/27/2011 8:22 PM

Ok great news about Coda 2. But (there’s always a but) can you drop some hints of the new features? You do not have to go into detail, but there are some long standing requests; like code folding, codesense for user functions/classes, support for various databases, etc, etc?

Mario Palomera

10/28/2011 10:45 AM


kc! Bradshaw

10/29/2011 4:07 PM

WAHOO stattoo!

Stephen Battey

10/29/2011 7:02 PM

I am very excited for the bug fix release of prompt. I can’t wait to actually be able to use the app with no crashes!

Depending on Coda 2’s timeline, any possibility if I purchase Coda 1 in a certain timeframe that I can purchase Coda 2 for a discount or such?

Joe Stevens

10/31/2011 12:47 PM

Man. Hook me up with a beta invite. I use the hell out of Coda, if there are some bugs I’ll find them.

This is the place to make feature requests, right?

The JavaScript editor needs:
* Live linting
* Autocomplete for in-scope variables, function arguments, and web service inputs

How about a screenshot for everybody else? :-p~~~

Neil Sutcliffe

11/6/2011 6:24 AM

I’m a bit concerned myself about how Coda/Coda2 is going to fit in with the App stores sandboxing practices coming next year. I bought it on the app store, as I had good experiences with digital download services in the past.

I’m not gonna get a neutered app am I?

Neil: We’ll do everything our power to make sure our application’s core functionality is not affected by sandboxing.

Waiting for the Coda 2 – sadly I totally missed the beta application :/
Is there some teasers around? ;) Using Coda to do my work and I will upgrade to Coda 2 as it comes out :P

I missed the beta signup too! I Really want to try it out. I’m an avid Coda user/fan! I use it everyday, really want to see what 2.0 is going to be like. Trying to convince my company to switch from textmate to Coda.

Any chance of getting to signup to it? PLEASE!


11/12/2011 9:37 AM


I need this. I NEED IT. Please make it as quickly as you can but of course we understand you should fix the bugs.

ç0D@ ƒ†\/\/.

“Neil: We’ll do everything our power to make sure our application’s core functionality is not affected by sandboxing.”

Oh dear, that sounds rather ominous… I really hope I won’t regret buying coda off the app store.
Next time I’ll just buy it through you. You get more money that way anyway ;)

Looking forward to coda 2.

P.s. this webpage is rather broken on the iPad!


I wish you had send an email to me or something, I would have signed up for the beta. I’ve been using Coda since 2007! I need my beta 2. Can I get in? Any screenshots coming?

Ditto here about not getting any email notification & missing out on the beta. The only reason I’m reading this was because I was just sitting here wondering WTH is up with Coda 2.0 and checked the blog; it’s been quite awhile since I last heard anything about it.

Children Of Deaf Adults

wondering about coda2 and almost buying Espresso.
I’m a old user from Coda, but current version of coda have some bugs on OS X lion.. (on the folders sidebar, to rename, publish, make new file/folder..)

Go Panic.. GO!

Awesome news about Coda 2 – can’t wait, currently using Eclipse but it just don’t feel right on my lovely mac ;-)

Would be nice if 2.0 had git as well as svn :)

Best of luck guys.

Incredible forthright message about Coda2. Definitely refreshing honesty, in today’s uber promo-centric environment we all live in. Props to you Panic!

Will Coda 2 be a free upgrade if we buy 1.7.4 now?

I’m going to buy Coda – should I wait?

I use Coda every day at work, and every night in my pet projects :-]
It gave me productivity boost and a lot of passion (its just pouring out of your software). Now waiting for fresh screens from Coda 2 or second chance for beta :-D

Allan Nyholm Nielsen

12/13/2011 2:40 PM

Well well, Stattoo you say!? That’s something I’d like to see soon. I tried downloading the existing version of Stattoo and applied my ancient serial number – still works great. What is the primary reason for reviving Stattoo at this time? Is it about replacing Konfabulator/Yahoo Widgets? – can the user put more stuff on the desktop with this version and maybe independent of each other?

Looking forward to the release of Stattoo? What’s the pricing gonna be? Existing 1.5 serial number usage?? We’ll see I guess?!

-Allan from the north of Jutland.

What about some Coda2 Screenshots? =) It’s hard to wait for new Stuff and some Screenshots could help a little bit ;)

It’s been almost 2 months now!

Hope to see some news soon ;-)

Rock on panic!

I would like to know how much will I have to pay to upgrade to Coda 2.0, if I buy it today that is… This would really help me choose between buyng or not Coda. Thanks!

michael tin tintavi

12/21/2011 4:24 PM

DO: be awe-sum, son ! DO NOT: be negatory, nor gory, nor untoward Qlory. A !

Coda 2 sounds like the biz, unless its nothing like Coda 1, which i don’t believe that it is…. I hear talk about 2.1 – whoa! slow down…. i like the simple yeah’s though i’ve been known to ramble on. plus aren’t versioning on base10 getting dated ? How about Codz OO ? ( credit to MHz for that infinite logic)

I do have a question about some of the apps functionality and expected featurings…. please excuse my naivety, though its been such a blessing its also makes it hard to work with obfuscated code which i have been debugging tons of it lately….. i am even get mixed up about who the programmers maybe! laughing and wrapping helps – “code warrior i be – power to the Home & Alt Shift keys – no Esc, Ctrl, or Backspace please.”

I have to say i think Coda may be one of the best apps out there, ever, and y’all must be a great bunch of architects…. i say “think” because i haven’t actually seen Coda in full force – though i’m hearing rumours of quite energetic user empowerment in the next release…. can you reveal any of the never seen before features ?

MHzzz /////===

Coda 2 – is there a spec sheet? Need to know if to hold off of other purchases (time line would be nice as well). Appreciate you can’t be certain but there must be a ball park timeframe.

How much will it cost to upgrade to 2 if I bought it now?

Same question as couple others have asked, if I buy current version 1.7.5 now from App Store for 80€, do I have to give another 80€ to get 2.0 when it’s out? Of course, I can always just wait and see, but I’d be happy to get 1.7.5 now if I knew that 2.0 will be 20€ upgrade.


1/30/2012 3:01 AM

Hi, Got the same question as a few others and don’t haven’t found an answer. If I buy the current version how much will I need to shell out to buy Coda 2 when it comes out? Thanks

BigBazza/Guy/Eric: The truthful answer is we don’t know yet. We haven’t figured out our pricing. That said, we will give some kind of upgrade discount to existing users. (It might end up being an “upgrade pricing for everyone” discount for _all_ users for a limited time, since the App Store doesn’t allow for upgrade pricing.)

I really hope coda 2 has code folding. Everyones been waiting for years for it. It’s the only thing preventing me from buying it.

Thiago Pires Ferreira

2/9/2012 5:39 PM

When “Coda 2” is avaible?

Hi, working with coda makes me smile everyday. Is there a posibility to get the privat beta for testing too? Thank you PANIC and i’m looking forward to get a even better software soon. ;-)

Big Up Raph

No Panic but .. you should really post more infos about Coda 2 .. you see in this thread, that many people are waiting for Coda 2 but there is no more information about it since october 2011. That’s not enough.

about to change to pure mac for development but cant decide on a text editor – ideally coda 2 as dont want to learn coda from scratch only for the new to come out in a month. need rough dates please??? or at least a screenshot to tempt me or it may have to be another text editor that has a clear upgrade path

Any updates on release date? Please…

Shut Up and Take My Money!!! :D

Please give us a rough date on Coda 2… Apple aren’t even this secretive.

Is there any news on this? It’s been five months now and not a peep… I use Coda almost daily and it would be great to hear a little more about what’s coming up and when it’s going to be!

This project is simply long overdue. I just hope developers can give us at least release date, at least roughly. Unfortunately, I and my firm have already switched, since Coda 1.7 altough brilliant misses a lot of core features. I hope we see coda 2 soon, and that all works great for u guys, coz frankly, I really love coda. Otherwise I wouldnt be here at all :)

jake downs

3/30/2012 6:58 PM

I love Coda and would love an update about what the future holds for your wonderful product! Do you have any screen shots or anything you can share with us? Get us excited! Give us something to look forward to!

I’d like to vote for lesscss support. There are current coda plugins that enable this, but native support is always better.

I agree, Jake. I am a huge proponent of Coda and am googling daily for Coda 2 updates. If you could give just a *little*, a screenshot, something, it could go a long way. Just sayin’.

Stattoo 4 Lyfe!

Aka, anxiously awaiting updates…:)

I’ve been a Coda user for 4 years and have been waiting for v2 for soooo long. While waiting I’ve switched to Textmate and SublimeText2 and even paid for a pre-order of Chocolat. But now I’m back in Coda simply because the UI feels smoother and polished. Like food on a clean plate. There are things that are in Chocolat and SublimeText2 which I hope were in Coda.

I just hope there were more information about Coda 2. As a loyal user I’m feeling slightly I’ve been left hanging. Some previews, sneak peeks and brief description of some of the new features and what’s changed would make me really happy.

It’s insane how passionate we can feel about a text-editor, sigh… Counting the days for a beta release of Coda 2, if ever…

You guys are awesome…. you have made such a beautiful and easy to use text-editor, today I’ve open Dreamweaver after 5 years to see if it has improved at all, it looks so horrible I could not stand it. I have been using Coda for many years and love it… I’m a extremely curious and anxious to use Coda 2. Thank you in advance for the kind update.

hint* Coda 2 on iPad…

I just love Coda and I’m really looking forward to using use Coda 2… if possible also on the iPad :)

Phil Barker

5/15/2012 6:18 AM

I get the feeling Coda 2 will never come. The updates for Coda really seem to have come to a hault

It would be nice to see some features that every other IDE does like code completion (function parameters) – the ability to jump to a class/function definition etc…

YEAY CODA 2 is HERE!!!!!!! & Diet Coda for iPad. So happy