Panic has officially released Coda 2, a major new version of the company’s award-winning Web development application. Panic also took the opportunity to launch Diet Coda, a new lightweight Web development tool for the iPad. We did some hands-on testing with Diet Coda to see how it stacks up for mobile editing.
Diet Coda is lightweight tool that includes remote file management capabilities, text editing, and terminal access. These capabilities are tied together in a distinctive interface that is crisp, expressive, and well-designed. The core functionality is well-implemented, but the feature set is sparse in places and we found a handful of bugs that detracted from the quality of the user experience.
Diet Coda starts at the site list, which shows all of your websites in a grid. Each one is displayed with a graphical thumbnail of the home page. The user can add a new site by clicking the plus button.