- Inline editing
Also called “the quick editor”, this is definitely an innovation worth having. With this feature we can place the cursor over, say, a body tag and click Cmd/Ctrl-E and a small inline editor overlays pops up showing all of the css rules that apply to that tag, even though they may be defined in multiple, external files. Better yet, we can edit them in place and save them back to their original files, all without leaving our main editor window.
This feature already works pretty well (it can be a little slow to open) – I’d really like to see it appear in other editors (Sublime Text, for example).
- Live Development
Live Deveopment allows you to make changes in the editor and instantly see them applied in the browser, without having to refresh the page. If you work with two monitors or a large screen this can be a very productive way to develop. Mac developers may already be familiar with this kind of syncing from apps such as the excellent Live Reload though this is the first time I have seen it built directly into the editor.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get this to work reliably using Chrome 20 beta on OSX Lion… changes would sync and appear in the browser, only to be followed by an error message and a prompt to reload Chrome.