Aptana Studio Profile

Powerful IDE and Text HTML Editor for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux

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About Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio is an IDE or integrated development environment. Instead of focusing on the HTML, Aptana focuses on the JavaScript and other elements that allow you to create Rich Internet Applications. One of the things I really like is the outline view that makes it really easy to visualize the DOM. This makes for easier CSS and JavaScript development. I also love the code assistant that tells you if your JavaScript, CSS, or HTML will work in the browsers you want it to with a quick and easy visual reference.

It’s always important to test anyway, as browser support changes rapidly, but this feature is really helpful for while you’re editing. I also love how easy it is to synchronize your website, I uploaded an entire site with just one click. If you are a developer creating web applications using languages like PHP, Ruby, or Ajax, Aptana Studio is a good choice.

One concern that you should be aware of with Aptana is the lack of updates that the company has done over the past few years. Their website, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages, announce the release of version 3.6.0 on July 31, 2014, but there have been no announcements since that time. If you are looking for a platform that has a more current development cycle and new versions which seem to be hitting with some regularity (with new features, bug fixes, etc.), then this lack of updates from Aptana should be fairly concerning to you.

On this note, I actually downgraded this software form the 2nd spot in my review of the Top 10 Free HTML editors all the way down to the 5th place on that list. While the software tested great when I did the research for that article, this lack of updates is simply something that cannot be ignored, so anyone jumping into this tool now should be mindful of this development cycle and the quiet from the company.

Target Market: Web Developers

Description

  • Operating System: Windows, Macintosh, Linux
  • Publisher: Aptana
  • Price: Free
  • Type of Editor: IDE
  • Score:
    Web Designers: 49.1%
    Web Developers: 62.2%
    Small Businesses: 33.4%
    Beginners: 32.3%

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Pros

  • Supports many web languages
  • Includes a JavaScript validator

Cons

  • Not a lot of wizards for beginner help

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