The missing links part 1 - Adobe Brackets for Ubuntu

After many years of using Ubuntu daily and following the evolution of Ubuntu from 6.04 to the amazing 12.04 LTS with great enthusiasm, the missing link in my Linux software world has always been Adobe. Software like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Premiere and InDesign are the workhorses of the media world. Yes you can find similar open-source software but any professional using these tools on a daily basis to get the job done will tell you that nothing beats the tools, speed and integration of the Adobe products.

Finally Adobe have started to provide the missing links with Adobe Open Source and the release of Adobe Brackets code editor for Ubuntu. The project is still in the early stages of development but provides a tantalizing look at the future of Linux with Adobe on board.

"Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License." - from Brackets website.


As to be expected from Adobe they have taken an innovative approach providing real-time browser preview of all code changes while you code, using Brackets and your Google Chrome / Chromium browser. Similar to using the Google Chrome developer tools to preview html, CSS and JavaScript changes, but now all changes are done directly in code. 


Above : Brackets in action. Editor window on the right editing css code and preview changes in real-time in a Google Chrome browser window.

Brackets Downloads


The Future

Well in a perfect world Adobe could release an open-source version of Photoshop and Linux cluster rendering support for Premiere. We can only wait and see.