Ask any Espresso or CSSEdit user and they will tell you: it has been a while since MacRabbit released an update. The long wait has grated both on our own nerves and those of our awesome users. But while we have kept quiet publicly about what we are working on, it is because privately we have been striving to transform our products into something new and even more awesome: Espresso 2. We are extremely excited to finally be able to show you what we have been working on, as this release will be of interest to both CSSEdit and Espresso users.
With mixed feelings toward our loyal and awesome friend, we bid adieu to CSSEdit as a standalone application. That’s right: CSSEdit 3 is a tightly integrated part of Espresso, bringing the best features of CSSEdit’s tools and previews to Espresso, and likewise introducing the flexibility and power of Espresso’s publishing system, editors, themes, and more to our CSSEdit users.
Was CSSEdit’s transformation the only reason for the long wait? No. Long story short, we bit off more than we could chew. In addition to a completely re-architected publishing engine, we improved and significantly future-proofed many aspects of Espresso. Instead of ruthlessly limiting the scope of the new version, we allowed the schedule to spiral out of control. In the future we will try to trade some of our traditional “splash releases” for more regular incremental improvements.
Espresso 2 is not quite as polished as we would like yet. At the same time, we think the included improvements outweigh the remaining rough edges for most users, and since many of you have reminded us that you are eagerly awaiting it we’ve decided to release a public Kaboom. Visit macrabbit.com/espresso/2 for all the details on our plans for Espresso 2, the Mac App Store, and to help us test and refine the final release. Thank you for listening, and we hope you enjoy the new Espresso!