Brackets vs. gedit

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Brackets
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Brackets is a free and open source text editor developed at Adobe under the MIT license, featuring inline editing, live preview, and a wide range of extensions.N/A
gedit
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
gedit is a text editor for the GNOME desktop environment.N/A
Pricing
Bracketsgedit
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Bracketsgedit
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
Bracketsgedit
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(13 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.5
(5 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bracketsgedit
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
Brackets can handle most text editing problems, at least if you have a file small enough that it opens. But with so many free and open-source editors out there, it is easy to have multiple tools that fit specific niches. If you are editing HTML and CSS, get Brackets.
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Open Source
I find it really helpful to cut and paste some of my code, or test out my ideas, using gedit. The software is quick to install and is flexible for use with a lot of different software languages. This is a pure editor that is, in my opinion, the premier notes app for coders.
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Pros
Open Source
  • The Live Preview feature is extremely helpful. You can make tweaks to your CSS and then see how it affects the pge you're coding.
  • The recently added file tree feature is really a time saver. You can move files with a drop and drag feature without ever minimizing the program.
  • One of my favorite features is the ability to update the core program with extensions. Some of the extensions are simple, like adding themes, while others are a offer a little more assistance like creating Lorem Ipsum text for you.
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Open Source
  • Lightweight software
  • Color-coded formatting
  • Many language options for formatting
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Cons
Open Source
  • Can be a little slow to open and render larger files at times relative to a similar application running on the same computer.
  • Some plugins have performance or quality issues (not the fault of Brackets per se, but with the ecosystem of extensions).
  • Color schemes, styling ease of use could be improved. For example, provide out-of-the-box schemes like "high-contrast, night-time, bold."
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Open Source
  • Little in the way of type hints or formatting suggestions
  • Purely an editor- no way to test the code
  • No way to pin or quickly search for your favorite languages; the scrolling is somewhat cumbersome
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Usability
Open Source
As far as usability, text editors are about as simple as you can get in the GUI world. The little features that make Brackets unique are intuitive enough that you don't really need a manual to find them and come to rely on them. If anybody knows enough about coding and markup enough to be looking for different editors, they will be up to speed before the download finishes.
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Open Source
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Support Rating
Open Source
Brackets has a very extensive support site. Everything is organized nicely for easy navigation. If you can't find an answer you can easily file an issue with them and they will be quick to respond. What's cool is you can also message them on Slack, if you request an invite first. Slack is a very popular program right now so it's great having that integration.
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Open Source
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
Brackets can be considered as the barebones version of a more complex piece of software like Dreamweaver. We selected Brackets due to the simplicity of the UI and the ease of use. In our case we do not need all the additional tools and gadgets that other, more complex software packages offer. We need something that's quick, easy, uncluttered and focuses specifically on our needs, which are seeing code and editing code. In this case no frills and complex UIs are required.
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Open Source
gedit is very lightweight and intuitive to use- its simplicity is its biggest strength. What you are using here is a pure editor, so it's very much like a more helpful, intelligent version of your basic note-taking application. I find other comparable applications may offer more options, but they are also less intuitive and therefore less efficient for my note-taking needs.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • ROI is great. The version of the tool we are using is free so not a whole of lot “investment” went into it. And the work we can accomplish with it more than makes up for the “cost.”
  • The ease of use makes it simple for anyone new to the tool to start using it and contributing to the project.
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Open Source
  • Easy to manually move and save ideas or chunks of code for future commits
  • Free to install
  • Widely applicable for different languages
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