Aptana reaches 1.0, announces paid pro edition
Aptana, one of my favorite open source text editors, has reached its 1.0 milestone, re-naming the product Aptana Studio (née Aptana IDE) and adding a supported, professional version for an introductory price of $99 (regular price $199).
What do you get in the pro edition that’s not available in the community version?
- JSON support
- Support for secure FTP connections (via SSH & SSL)
- Project reporting engine
- Priority support for one year
- Access to preview and nightly builds
Earlier, no-cost releases of Aptana supported SFTP server connections. I’m disappointed to see that change with the release of a professional version.
Aptana is, without question, one of the best front-end development environments available (I haven’t used its server-side language features much). At $99, it hits a sweet-spot between affordable text editors like Panic’s Coda (Mac only; currently $79; regularly $99), BBEdit (Mac-only; $125), or NoteTab (Window only; $29.95) and pricier editors such as Dreamweaver (Mac / Win; $399).
At its full $199 price, however, it becomes harder to justify its purchase. For $100 less, Coda gives you many of Aptana’s core features and adds some sexy bits (like a built-in shell emulator and CSS color picker) of its own. For $74 less, BBEdit gives you a wider range of language support and a deliciously uncluttered interface. Plus there are some powerful free text editors such as jEdit (Java-based; cross-platform) and HTML-Kit (Windows only) that are good enough for many developers.
What’s your take? Have you used Aptana? Would you consider a professional license? Are you too wedded to your current text editor to switch?