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Little Things Release (May-2024, V-3.7) is now Live

· 2 min read
Arun Bose
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Charly P Abraham
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Phoenix Code Bot
Our little elf who keeps the whole place together

May release(3.7) of Phoenix Code is now available for download at phcode.io.

This month's release is all about Live previews and the little things that make your work just a bit easier. We've also addressed numerous feature requests and UX bug reports, along with improving app UX and stability.

Live CSS Class and Style Code Hints

Interactively edit CSS styles and classes using the up/down arrow keys in code hints. This is available in CSS files and inline CSS styles/class names in HTML files. This provides an instant boost to your HTML and CSS workflows.

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CSS/HTML Code Hints improvements

Improved relevance of suggestions in CSS and HTML code hints. For E.g., typing b in a CSS file will prioritize background-color. Typing between will bring up relevant CSS property-value combinations like align-content: space-between; (see image below), so you don't have to remember which value is under which CSS property.

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Move to trash/bin when deleting files

Deleting files from the files panel in desktop apps will move the file/folder to trash/recycle bin instead of permanently deleting it.

UX Improvements

  • Deleting the Phoenix Code folder in user Documents directory is now supported.
  • Increased stability and app startup experience.
  • Copy Error Message button is now available in the problems panel.

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A Request from the Phoenix Team:

With gratitude,

The Phoenix Team

April-2024 Release (V-3.6) is now Live

· 2 min read
Arun Bose
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Charly P Abraham
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Andrew Young
Community Contributor
Faizan Bhagat
Community Contributor
Phoenix Code Bot
Our little elf who keeps the whole place together

April release(3.6) of Phoenix Code is now available for download at phcode.io.

This month's upgrade is big! with a lot of features you asked for - PHP/Custom live preview servers, advanced CSS/LESS/SCSS/HTML code intelligence and tooling, UX and app stability improvements.

Custom Live Preview Servers

Preview PHP, React, and other dynamically rendered files with the new server settings dialog. Read more at Live Preview Settings Docs.

Screenshot from 2024-04-12 13-08-34

HTML Code Intelligence

CSS class hints are now shown within the HTML file's class attribute.

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Advanced CSS Tooling

Support for the latest CSS/LESS/SCSS syntax. Code intelligence and error detection for CSS, SCSS, and LESS files.

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Reverse CSS Highlighting

Clicking an element in the live preview now highlights its selector in the source CSS file editor.

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Editor Rulers

Add multiple, color-customizable rulers in the editor to better visualize line lengths. Read more...

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Open Live Preview in any Browser

Direct buttons to open live previews in Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox.

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Docusaurus Support

Live preview docusaurus.io based markdown documentation server.

UX Improvements

Increased stability and more predictable live preview behavior.

Community Contributions

  1. Changes to files and folders made externally are now automatically synced in the Browser version of Phoenix Code. (view change) - By Andrew Young, Faizan Bhagat

A Request from the Phoenix Team:

With gratitude,

The Phoenix Team

March-2024 Release (V-3.5) is now Live

· One min read
Arun Bose
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Charly P Abraham
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Kiran Bose
Community Contributor
Phoenix Code Bot
Our little elf who keeps the whole place together

The March release(3.5) of Phoenix Code is now available for download at phcode.io. This month's update improves support for large projects, Find in Files, and app stability.

Inline HTML Number Dials

You can now use number dials in inline HTML styles, not just in CSS files.

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Search Filters - Advanced Find in Files

All new search filters to find exactly what you want. Search in files or Exclude files matching the given pattern instantly.

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Other Improvements

  • Projects with very large number of files can now be opened.
  • Performance improvement when opening minified CSS/JS files and other formats with very long lines.
  • Added support for beautifying SCSS, SASS, LESS, TSX, and JSX files. The beautification feature now preserves the cursor position.
  • Improved startup speed and overall app stability.
  • Bug fixes and improvements to new project dialog.

A Request from the Phoenix Team:

With gratitude,

The Phoenix Team

Introducing Phoenix Code Desktop- Now on Windows, Mac & Linux

· 3 min read
Arun Bose
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Charly P Abraham
Maintainer of Phoenix and Brackets code editors
Kiran Bose
Community Contributor
Mathew Dennis
Quality Control & Social Media
Phoenix Code Bot
Our little elf who keeps the whole place together

We're thrilled to share a huge update with you all today - Phoenix Code native apps are officially here! 🎉 . Get your copy from phcode.io !

We have been working hard over the last several months to make native apps possible. It took a lot of effort and perseverance with our limited resources to reach this far. We hope to have your support in doing more :)

With this update, Phoenix Code can now run almost anywhere! Native apps are available for Windows, Mac and most Linux distributions. For Chrome-OS and other platforms, simply use the web browser version; no install needed.

Looking Back

The team building Phoenix Code started its history as some of the initial team members building Brackets at Adobe from 2014. Phoenix Code took over the full time development of Brackets in 2021. We had a mammoth task to bring Brackets up to date with the latest web technologies. The result was Phoenix Code- A Platform rewrite of Brackets that allowed it to run on any Web Browser. But our users were pretty clear that a desktop app was needed.

It was at this time that this hot new rust based tech called Tauri framework came into the picture and we finally had the missing piece to build a truly modern and light-weight desktop app. Fast forward to 2024 and Phoenix Code now runs almost anywhere(almost as we are one step short with touch and mobile screens).

Phoenix Code marks the first large-scale, truly independent release from the Brackets community. Entirely homegrown within the community, it is also the largest engineering effort put into Brackets since 2015 (including Adobe).

Acknowledgements

This release is made possible by the Phoenix Code Team- Arun, Charly and Mathew. Our shiny new website phcode.io is built by community contribution from Kiran.

We would also like to thank the S-tier community support provided by the Tauri development team, esp. Fabian.

Looking Ahead

Our guiding principle is to make coding as intuitive and fun as playing a video game - for web developers, designers, and students.

With the native apps now available, we're starting the next phase of our journey. Beginning this month, there will be a new update of Phoenix Code released every month with all the features that you requested and more.

However, our ambitions come with costs, and it's your support that makes all the difference.

How You Can Support:

We're grateful for the incredible support this community has shown us so far. Let's continue to make Phoenix Code even better, together.

With gratitude,

The Phoenix Team