cawoodm wrote: This thread is quite old and hopefully UE has moved on a bit. For modern web developers it's a basic feature that the IDE can:
1) Show my web page in a split window
2) Refresh the web page when I save any file
Whoa! I couldn't disagree more with what you're saying here.
Someone who is an experienced web developer, and by that I mean the person develops actual web-based applications/software, knows that the page may display and/or behave differently depending on the user's browser.
Having integrated browsing, while it may be a convenience for simple HTML pages, is never a substitute for loading up multiple browsers and multiple versions of those browsers to test your site. I have autohotkey scripts to automate this task for me (much more than just for firefox.) The script saves the file, then refreshes all browsers that are currently loaded.
However, I certainly don't want the browsers to refresh every time I save a file. Considering many web applications consist of hundreds of files, and you may need to edit several files before you refresh, then that feature will only get in your way and slow you down.
Komodo? Seriously? Again, that's for people who don't ever work with very large projects, because in very large projects, it slows to a crawl and is crash prone. But hey, if you like the "free" products that have features geared toward beginners that "sound cool" to someone who hasn't been doing it long enough to know better or someone who has been coding for the web a while but never created a truly substantial product, then by all means go for such a product. I'll stick with UEStudio, which keeps me productive in real world development, both on the web and for desktop applications.
My 2 cents. Sorry if I sound harsh, but I tend to be quite blunt about comparisons with "free" editors, as I have tried them over the last few years, because I was still using an old version of UE a few years ago (version 5.21) and I decided to look around before paying for the upgrade. I found that my old 5.21 version of UE actually kept me more productive than the "free" products of 3 years ago. I now have lifetime unlimited upgrades for UE and UEStudio. Don't even get me started on how much more productive they are over what is available today, because there is a character limit on posts, and it would take 20 to 30 posts to get started good.
No, I don't work for nor am I affiliated with IDM except in being a customer.